Associates of Applied Sciences (AAS)

The AAS in Respiratory Therapy is a stepping stone to the BS degree. Students accepted into the program will automatically matriculate into the BS program after successful completion of the 3rd semester of core respiratory therapy courses.

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Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

The BSRT includes five semesters of course study after completion of the first two years of undergraduate curriculum. The program is designed to provide students with educational and clinical competence by emphasizing advanced clinical knowledge, critical thinking, and versatility. Students are engaged in the theoretical, practical, and clinical aspects of adult, pediatric, and neonatal respiratory care. They gain a well-rounded and in-depth knowledge base of respiratory clinical science and its application in health care.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Work effectively as a team member with physicians, nurses, therapists and patients as an integral part of the medical community.
  • Make correct interventional medical decisions based on assessment of patient needs and diagnosis within the scope of therapist-driven protocols.
  • Comply with the ethical and legal parameters of HIPAA in the use and disclosure of patients’ health information.
  • Evaluate and monitor patient responses to therapy and modify the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapeutic objectives
  • Demonstrate awareness of the integrated nature and complexities of the health care systems and their impact on individuals and the local and national community


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Becoming a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Graduates of UVU’s BS in Respiratory Care program are eligible to take the credentialing exams by the National Board for Respiratory Care NBRC. To earn respiratory therapy credential necessary for state licensure graduates are required to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination. The TMC examination determines whether the credential earned will be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) at the low cut score or earns the eligibility to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) when the high cut score is attained. RRT candidates who have earned the high cut score on the TMC must successfully pass the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) through the NBRC to be recognized as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The CRT and the RRT are used for all therapists wishing to practice under licensure with the Utah Department of Professional Licensing. The RRT credential is expected and preferred by Respiratory Therapy Department Managers.

Will Respiratory Therapy meet the educational requirements for the professional credential in the state or US territory you might choose to live during or after completing your UVU degree? Visit the UVU Professional Licensure website to learn more!



To learn more about tuition rates, please visit the tuition page. Please take note that all costs below are estimates and are subject to change.

Item Fee
TMC/CSE Prep Fees $295 first semester
Respiratory Lab Fees $70-$225 per semester
Drug Screen $38 paid prior to admission to the program
Background Check $62 paid prior to admission to the program
Uniforms $150-$200
Textbooks $100-$500 per semester
Lab Kit $55 first semester
Credentialing/Licensure Fees $390/$60 after graduation