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East Tennessee State University

Online Cardiopulmonary Science (Respiratory Therapy)

100% Online Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cardiopulmonary Science 

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 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 provide care for patients with heart and lung problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and sleep apnea, but also those experiencing a heart attack or suffering a stroke. They perform diagnostic tests for lung capacity, administer breathing treatments, record a patient's progress and consult with physicians and surgeons on continuing care.

The Cardiopulmonary Science - Respiratory Therapist Program is administered in the Department of Allied Health Sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree in Cardiopulmonary Science provides the general education core and allied health core, cardiopulmonary didactic, and laboratory courses, and clinical internship education necessary for the advanced respiratory care practitioner.

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 each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

Degree and Graduation Requirements

- 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)

Additional Requirements for Transfer Students 

Second Bachelor Degrees 

Double Majors/Double Degrees 

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 Tuition and Fees

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

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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