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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:

Kay Benincasa
Phone: (423) 439-5052


College of Clinical &
Rehabilitative Health Sciences
East Tennessee State University

P.O. Box 70282
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone: (423) 439-7454
Fax: (423) 439-4240


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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.

*Only 10 Courses! *Some students may need to take more than the 10 required online courses from ETSU, depending on their fullfillment of general education courses and core courses. up to 27 bridge credit hours accepted. have credits transferred from your community college.

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.

We accept up to 27 bridge credit hours for this program. Contact to have your transcript evaluated to see how many bridge credits you can receive.

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.

Choose your path: at your own pace or finish in one year

Completion/Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the program students need:

  1. 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
      • CPSC 4350 - Clinical Education IV
      • General Education Requirement (3 credits)

        *** upon successful completion of ALHE 3010 & ALHE 4070, students may be awarded their field cognate (bridge credit) hours. Advisement with Kay Benincasa is necessary to see how many bridge credits you qualify for.

  2. General Education Courses Completed - may be completed through ETSU or any 2-4 year regionally accredited college or university

  3. Additional Science Requirements (please consult with Kay Benincasa to ensure courses taken transfer into ETSU):

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

  4. A total of 120 semester credit hours completed


Download the Completion/Graduation Requirements Checklist

Download the 12-Month Fast Track Schedule


*Some students may need to take more than the 10 required online courses from ETSU, depending on their fullfillment of general education courses and core courses.

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In-State Tuition = tuition of $11,220 + course fee of $1830 = $13,050 ($435/credit). Out-of-state (E-Rate) Tuition = Tuition of $12,810 + course fee of $1830 = $14,640 ($488/credit).

The following chart reflects the tuition cost for the 10 required online courses through ETSU. For a better idea on your cost, please Kay Benincasa your transcripts and request your tuition estimate.

In-state students pay the online undergraduate rate. Out-of-state students pay the e-rate online undergraduate rate. 

Tuition and fees subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents without notice. The cost in the chart may not reflect current rates that have been adjusted. For updated information, please visit the Bursar's web site for current tuition and fees.

Pictograph showing that ETSU is lower in tuition than other schools: "It's clear to see, ETSU has one of the most affordable online cardiopulmonary science completion program in the nation for out-of-state students."


Interested in the program?

Contact Kay Benincasa by or by phone at 423-439-5052 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 students should register for classes as soon as they are eligible to register and after meeting with an advisor.

RODP courses are sometimes used when PUBH or other courses are not offered online. RODP courses used as substitutes may require an on-site proctor for testing. Contact the Testing Center at 423-439-6708 for specific information. In order to enroll for a Regent's Online Degree Copmpletion (RODP) courses, students must complete an RODP online permit form.







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"I was able to complete my Bachelors degree quickly, affordably, and conveniently. I never thought it would be possible but ETSU's program made it possible. Thank You!"


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"One of the important aspects of the program for me was the flexible scheduling. I had a full-time job and family. The program fit my needs very well."


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"The #1 thing about this program for me was that it was 100% online. I couldn't have done it otherwise. I was very pleased with my online statistics professor. She went above and beyond to help me succeed!"


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"For me, the ability to take only online classes was very important. Everyone in
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"This is quality teaching. I just finished the online program and have already recommended it to my co-workers."


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"The instructors and staff within the program are very supportive and helpfuI and clearly answered all of my questions."


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