Respiratory Therapy

(3 Years)

Respiratory Therapy, A.S.DegreeA.S.
Health Science, B.S. with Concentration in Health OccupationsDegreeB.S.
Respiratory Therapy, non ISU A.S. or A.A.S., B.S.DegreeB.S.
Respiratory Therapy, after ISU A.S., B.S.DegreeB.S.

Immediately upon deciding to pursue this major, please contact the Student Services office of the College of Technology at (208) 282-2622.


The Idaho State University College of Technology Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC,

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd
Telford, TN 37690

Program Information

For a Program Information Packet showing descriptions of each option, course descriptions, lists of course sequences, and the cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other expenses, go online to

Each course must be completed with a C or better before the student can progress in the program.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT)

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) provides the student with competencies needed in clinical practice, patient care, leadership or management roles in a general healthcare facility, such as a hospital, clinic, medical office, home care, pulmonary rehabilitation, senior care facility, or sleep lab. The curriculum includes courses on leadership, disease management, disaster management, quality management, gerontology, multicultural healthcare and research. The goal of the program is to provide graduates the knowledge, skills and attributes to prepare them for advanced practice in respiratory care in a clinical, leadership or educator role. The BSRT program is a bachelor completion program delivered entirely in an online format for respiratory therapists currently working in the field.  Students have the option to request and attend a face-to-face interactive discussion or hands-on in the respiratory therapy ICU labs, or in the Interdisciplinary Simulation Center.

Program Outcomes

1. Demonstrate effective leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills as a clinician, manager, supervisor, patient care educator, clinical educator, and other key roles in various healthcare settings.

2. Demonstrate effective cultural and interdisciplinary interaction skills in the healthcare setting and in the community.

3. Demonstrate professionalism and knowledge of ethical obligations and responsibilities as a healthcare professional.

BSRT Admissions Criteria 

  1. Applicants must have earned an Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), or Associate of Occupational Science (AOS), or equivalent in Respiratory Therapy from a CoARC or CAAHEP accredited program.
  2. Currently hold an active Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Applicants who earned the CRT credential are eligible to apply if they achieved a score of 92 or higher on the TMC exam of the NBRC (RRT eligible).
  3. Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in their Associate Degree.
  4. Must provide proof of valid respiratory care practitioner (RCP) license from any state.
  5. Applicants must have a current BLS/CPR health care provider certification.


RESP Courses