100% Online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cardiopulmonary Science
The Respiratory Therapist applies scientific knowledge and theory to practical clinical problems of respiratory care. The online Bachelor of Science In Cardiopulmonary Science at ETSU is designed to offer students with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree the opportunity to apply more A.A.S. hours than normally transfer to a four-year institution toward an undergraduate degree.
Respiratory Therapists are qualified to assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities. Respiratory Therapists may be required to exercise considerable independent clinical judgment, under the supervision of a physician in the treatment of patients with respiratory dysfunction. The Respiratory Care Practitioner may perform the following respiratory care modalities: advanced airway management, pediatric and neonatal critical care, hemodynamic monitoring, metabolic cart studies, cardiopulmonary stress testing, and other advanced procedures.
Upon successful completion of the requirements for the Cardiopulmonary Science degree, students are eligible to apply for admission to sit for three examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Candidates are required to pass the Certified Respiratory Therapist entry-level examination as a prerequisite to the two advanced practitioner examinations.
Program of Study
Online B.S. in Cardiopulmonary Sciences
View the course list and graduation requirements for ETSU's Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science degree in the ETSU Undergraduate Catalog.
General Degree Requirements
To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:
- Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours is required.
- CSCI 1100 or the proficiency exam
- California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST) (Senior Exit Exam)
Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120
How to Apply
Program Admission Requirements
ETSU's online Cardiopulmonary Science Degree Completion Program is open to students who have successfully completed an Associate of Applied Science in Cardiopulmonary Science (Respiratory Therapy).
Step #1 Apply to ETSU
Step #2 Apply for admission to the Cardiopulmonary Science Program by using the online CPSC Application Form.
Clinical Observation (NOTE: clinical observation hours are not mandatory for consideration as an applicant for
the program, but they are strongly encouraged). Students who wish to complete observation hours at a Mountain States Health Alliance
can find information and the application on MSHA Student Volunteer Web Page..
Deadline: Fall semester - August 1
Spring semester - December 1
Students who meet program admission criteria may begin the program in fall, spring, or summer semesters.
Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance
ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)
Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may
receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact
the ETSU Office of Admissions.
Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information
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