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Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Campus, Florida

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (B.S.R.T.), First-Professional (Entry-Level)

Treat patients with heart and lung diseases by earning this first professional, Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree. Become a baccalaureate-prepared respiratory therapist within the exceptional program at NSU.

What you'll study
You'll gain more than 1,200 hours of professional, clinical experience in the field, making you an outstanding candidate for employers. Core professional coursework covers the fundamentals of respiratory therapy, cardiopulmonary physiology, and other specialized areas.

How you'll learn more
We offer four simulation suites and a 10-bed intensive care unit to prepare you to handle the most critical situations. Our diagnosis lab challenges you to understand the patient's perspective and to make the best clinical decisions possible. Your clinical rotations offer experience with a variety of patients and essential care settings. You'll attend classes two or three days per week at our campus in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Where it can take you
The respiratory care profession offers an exciting future with plenty of potential for growth. Respiratory therapy is one of the most in-demand health care fields and there is a need for more trained professionals. Your options for practice range from neonates to geriatrics, hospitals to community centers, and research to education.

  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • $27,303 tuition per year (2019-2020 academic year)
  • NSU Student Service fee annually.
  • $200 acceptance fee (seat deposit) —This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant’s place in the entering first year class, but is nonrefundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant’s acceptance.
  • Students are responsible for purchasing any required textbooks, uniforms, white coats and/or classroom materials.

For Financial Aid assistance contact:

Reginald Perkins, Financial Aid Counselor - Regional Campus
Enrollment and Student Services
Nova Southeastern University
11501 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
561- 805-2117 (Direct Phone)
561-805-2170 (Fax)
Toll Free (800) 541-6682 x 52117

  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of C, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from all undergraduate work.
  • Minimum cumulative Science GPA of 2.5.
  • Application and a non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcripts from each university/college attended.
  • Interview with Program Director.
  • Under special circumstances, a student may be granted an exception to attempt up to 6 credits of prerequisite credit while enrolled in the BSRT program. Such circumstances will be decided on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the Dean of the College.

All applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application with all applicable fees
  2. Official transcripts from each and university/college attended
  3. Coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. 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

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

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

The BSRT First-Professional program offers one start date per year.

  • August (Fall term):
    Application must be received by mid-July.

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

PRE-REQUISITES (subject to change without notice)

  • Prerequisite credit may be transferred into Nova Southeastern University from a regionally accredited college or university. The Office of Transfer Evaluation Services will review all courses for equivalence.
  • Under special circumstances, a student may be granted an exception to attempt up to 6 credits of prerequisite credit while enrolled in the BSRT program. Such circumstances will be decided on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the Dean of the College.
Title Credits
Humanities 6
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6
Math (higher than level 1040 one of which must be College Algebra) 6
Written communication @ 1500 level or higher 6
*Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab 4
*Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab 4
*Microbiology w/lab 4
*General Chemistry w/lab 4


* These courses will meet the Natural and Physical Science General Education requirement of 6 credits


Title Credits
Genetics 3
Organic / Inorganic Chemistry w/ lab 4
Physics 3


Course Number Course Title Credits
RCP 3001 Medical Terminology for Respiratory Therapy 1
RCP 3002 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3
RCP 3003 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care w/Lab 4
RCP 3004 Respiratory Basics & Patient Assessment w/Lab 4
RCP 4040 Statistics & Principles of Scientific Literature Evaluation 3
RCP 3501 Clinical I (One 8 hour day/wk. for 16 weeks) 2
RCP 3007 Pulmonary Disease 3
RCP 3008 Pharmacology for Respiratory Therapy 3
RCP 3011 Mechanical Ventilation w/Lab 4
RCP 4009 Legal and Ethical Considerations in Respiratory Care 3
RCP 3502 Clinical II (Two 8 hour days/wk. for 12 weeks) 3
RCP 3009 Patient Monitoring w/lab 4
RCP 3012 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and PFT w/Lab 4
RCP 3013 Human and Infectious Disease (non-pulmonary) 3
RCP 4501 Clinical III (Two 8 hour days/wk. for 16 weeks) 4
RCP 4001 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care w/Lab 4
RCP 4002 Cardiopulmonary Technology and Specialties 3
RCP 4003 Alternate Respiratory Disciplines 3
RCP 4502 Clinical IV (Two 12 hour days/wk. for 16 weeks) 6
RCP 4006 Leadership and Management in Respiratory Care 3
RCP 4100 Clinical Seminar I
RCP 4005 Healthcare Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
RCP 4503 Specialization Clinical V (Three 12 hour days/wk for 10 weeks) 6
RCP 4101 Clinical Seminar II


(Program requirements and curriculum are current. Requirements are subject to change without notice).

We prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT).

For more details, please read about Programmatic Outcomes Data on the website of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

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