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Advance Your Career as a Leader in Respiratory Care

As a practicing Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) you’re already aware of the critical role you play in helping people with an essential function of life—breathing. Now that you’ve had an opportunity to work in this rewarding health care field, you’re ready to take the next step. The field is changing and to advance on the professional ladder, you need an advanced education. Nova Southeastern University’s post-professional respiratory therapy program makes it convenient for working professionals like you to become leaders. 

NSU’s Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) is an online program where you’ll dive deeper into subjects such as sleep medicine, legal issues and evidence-based practice. As a fully online student at NSU you’ll still receive continuous support from your instructors. You’ll have 24/7 access to lectures and materials that fit your schedule. Your practical fieldwork (practicum, internship or scientific investigations) allow you to explore new fields and cutting-edge topics.

Why Should You Continue Your RT Career at NSU?

Respiratory Therapy Post-Professional Program Details:

Admission Contacts:

Admissions Counselor - Gabriela Corso,, 954-262-1114

Department Chair - Lisa Farach,, 844-495-2880


Admission Requirements & Prerequisite Courses

Admission into the program will require the following:

  1. Hold NBRC registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. (A Block Grant of 45 credits will be applied toward the BSRT upon proof of RRT),
  2. Currently hold a license to practice respiratory therapy, where applicable.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate work.
  4. Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of C, from a regionally accredited college or university. Are you wondering how a course you took at another institution will transfer to your undergraduate degree at NSU? Visit our NSU Transfer Credit System. Institutions are listed alphabetically.  Choose the letter of the alphabet for the institution that the classes were taken then choose the institution.  You are able to search by specific course or generate a list of all courses transferred into NSU.



    Written Communication above 1500 level


    Mathematics above 1040 level




    Social and Behavioral Sciences


    Natural and Physical Sciences


Students can be dual enrolled while completing any additional general education requirements. Credits can be transferred in prior to completion of the program. Degree will not be granted until all general education requirements are met.

(Requirements are subject to change without notice.)

The BSRT Post-Professional program offers three (3) start dates per year.

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

To ensure that your application receives prompt consideration, you should apply early.  Applications are accepted year-round.

Applicants for admission must submit or be responsible for submission of

  1. A completed online application along with a $50, non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official college transcripts, certificates, and/or diploma-based transcripts from all universities/institutions attended. Transcripts will receive a formal transcript evaluation and NSU transfer course equivalencies. Transcripts, foreign evaluations, and NBRC documentation to the following address (Please see further below for information regarding electronic transcripts) :

    Nova Southeastern University
    Enrollment Processing Services
    3301 College Avenue
    P.O. Box 299000
    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905
  3. Evaluation of coursework taken at a foreign institution for US institutional equivalence (if applicable).Foreign coursework must be evaluated by one of the following services:
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
(212) 966-6311

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 415070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 289-3400

Electronic Transcripts:  For NSU to consider an electronic transcript official, it must be received from a reputable third-party delivery agent. NSU accepts electronic transcripts from the following providers:

  • Parchment
  • National Student Clearinghouse

Transcripts emailed by individuals will not be accepted as official.

Third-party delivery agents may email official electronic transcripts to:

Professional Courses

The following professional courses will be required for completion. Course descriptions can be found in NSU's Undergraduate Student Catalog.

Post-Professional Curriculum

Course Number Course Title Credits
RRT 3014 Advanced Patient Monitoring and Assessment 3
RRT 3015 Critical Care Pathophysiology for Respiratory Therapy 3
RRT 3016 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology for Respiratory Therapy 3
RRT 3017 Outpatient Services in Respiratory Therapy 3
RRT 3018 Advanced Pharmacology in Respiratory Therapy 3
RRT 3020 Quality Improvement in Health Care 3
RRT 3021 Sleep Medicine 3
RRT 4005 Evidence-Based Practice 3
RRT 4006 Leadership and Management for Respiratory Care 3
RRT 4007 Education Principles in Health Care 3
RRT 4009 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Respiratory Care 3
RRT 4010 Case Management Theory and Process 3
BHS 4031 Statistics for Health Sciences 3



Practical Course Work and Experiences (2 Required)

Course Number Course Title Credits
RRT 4502 Practicum 3
RRT 4505 Scientific Investigation I 3
RRT 4506 Internship 3
RRT 4507 Scientific Investigation II 3



Title Credits
Total Prerequisite General Education Courses 30
Total Professional Course Requirement 39
Total Practical Course Requirement 6
Total Block Grant Credit for current RRT 45




These courses can be taken in addition to the post-professional curriculum and required practical course work. Completion of the following (15 credits / 5 courses) will grant a specialization in Health Care Management in addition to the BSRT degree.

Course Number Course Title Credits
BHS 3155 Conflict Management in Health Care 3
BHS 3161 Health Care Finance 3
BHS 3162 Economics of Health Services 3
RRT 4103 Strategic Planning and Organizational Development for Healthcare 3
RRT 4014 Operational Analysis and Quality Improvement 3


Block Grant

Applicants may qualify for a Block Grant of 45 credits with a NBRC registration as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. (The 45 credits will be applied toward the BSRT upon proof of RRT.)

Tuition and Fees

Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Financial Aid

The primary financial responsibility for a student’s education rests with the student and his or her family.  Economic circumstances for some families may make it necessary for the student to obtain assistance from other sources.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance at Nova Southeastern University is here to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their health professions education.  Various loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students to help ease the high cost of a health professions education.  These financial assistance programs are described on our Financial Aid website here.

For information on financial assistance, contact:

Financial Aid Counselor - Palm Beach Regional Campus
Enrollment and Student Services
Nova Southeastern University
11501 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
855- 769-1675 (Direct Phone)
866-396-0738 (Fax)

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

Degree Title



 Respiratory Therapy



Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement: Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Pallavi Patel
College of Health Care Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy is a Commission on
Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC) accredited program of study. Graduation from a
COARC accredited Respiratory Therapy/Care program is required to sit for National Board of
Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams, which are necessary for licensure to practice in all 50 states. It
also meets the educational degree completion requirement for licensure in all 50 states.
Students should note that requirements for professional licensure can vary drastically by state.
Because these requirements can change frequently and often without notice, it is strongly
encouraged and is the responsibility of the student to ensure the degree they earn will meet
requirements for licensure in the state in which they seek to be licensed. The Dr. Pallavi Patel
College of Health Care Sciences cannot confirm whether its Bachelor of Science in Respiratory
Therapy degree meets all of the licensure requirements in a student’s state of residence.
Students should refer to their state licensing body for further information. For licensing board
contact information and approval status, please see below.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Farach, at 561-805-2230  or at

The World Needs More RTs

Aging populations, greater access to health insurance, advancements in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics, and respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19 — all of these factors are creating an enormous demand for respiratory therapists.

Lori Tinkler, National Board for Respiratory Care CEO