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Cardiopulmonary Science Online Completion Program

Department of Allied Health Sciences

Cardiopulmonary (Respiratory) Science Online AS/AAS to BS Completion


For more Information
about the program, admissions, tuition, or financial aid and for transcript evaluations contact:

Ruthie Canter
Phone: (423) 439-5051


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Lady working on the computer at home: “The online path is much appreciated by those who work nights. Without this path I would not have been able to keep my job or finish my degree.” -Hilary Cripps

The online B.S. completion program in Cardiopulmonary Science is designed to offer students with A.S./A.A.S. degrees in Cardiopulmonary Science the opportunity to obtain a baccalaureate degree by using more of their A.S./A.A.S. credit hours than normally transfer to a four-year institution.

In this program, you will build on your existing knowledge and enhance your communication, critical thinking, problem solving, research, and leadership skills. Graduates are equipt with entry-level management, group dynamics, and supervisory skills as they relate to the allied health disciplines. Successful completion of the concentration will increase the mobility of graduates into leadership positions in their respective professions.

Most four-year universities do not allow a majority of allied health credit hour transfers from community colleges, but we are not like most universities. ETSU gives A.A.S. graduates the opportunity to transfer allied health professional course credit hours from a community college. Upon successful completion of ALHE 3010 and 4070 (which should be taken in the first semester at ETSU), ETSU will award 43 bridge credit hours.


Admissions Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Cardiopulmonary Science Degree Completion program must meet the following criteria:

  1. College GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale on all transferable credit;

  2. Transcript(s) - proof of graduation from an accredited allied health professional program;

  3. Licensed or eligible for professional licensure in the discipline.

Completion/Graduation Requirements

  • 30 semester credit hours (10 courses) must be completed through ETSU:

      • ALHE 3010 - Allied Health Professionals (enroll 1st semester)***
      • ALHE 4070 - Leadership in Allied Health (enroll 1st semester)***
      • ALHE 4060 - Research in Allied Health
      • ALHE 3040 - Interprofessional Allied Health Teams
      • ALHE 4030 - Professional Issues in Allied Health
      • ALHE 4100 - Information Mgmt for ALHE
      • COBH 4607 -  Gerontology and Health
      • CPSC 3550 - Patient Centered Practice (only offered in summer)
      • CPSC 4350 - Clinical Education IV
      • General Education Requirement (3 credits)

  • General Education Courses - may be completed through ETSU or any community college or 4-year regionally accredited college or university.

  • Additional Science Requirements:

    Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits) - satisfies gen.ed. science requirement
    Chemistry w/ lab (4 credit hours)
    Physics w/ lab (4 credit hours)
    Microbiology w/ lab (4 credit hours)

  • A total of 120 semester credit hours completed (of which 50 must be completed at a senior level institution).

Download the Completion/Graduation Requirements Checklist



In-state students pay the online undergraduate rate. Out-of-state students pay the undergraduate e-rate.  Current tuition and fees.


Interested in the program?

 or call 423-439-5051 for advisement and transcript evaluation. Students may either  unofficial copies of transcripts or fax them with a cover sheet to 423-439-5063. Periodic advising and re-evaluation of transcripts is strongly recommended. 

Registration is determined by earned credit hours. Online classes fill quickly, so register as soon as eligible and after consulting with your advisor.

TN e-Campus courses used as substitutes may require an on-site proctor for testing. Contact the Testing Center at 423-439-6708 for specific information.


East Tennessee State University Cardiopulmonary Science BS Online Degree Completion Program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, or, for questions about the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.







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