Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy

RRT to BSRT - 100% online

Advance your career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist by earning a bachelor's degree in Respiratory Therapy at Murray State.

The RRT to BSRT program is 100% online and designed for working RRTs who want to enhance their professional knowledge. This program will help you improve communication skills, learn more about research, management, patient assessment, management of cardiopulmonary diseases and more. You will also have the opportunity to earn additional certifications.

Studying online at Murray State

Caring faculty who help you succeed.

The Murray State University RRT to BSRT program is sponsored by the Madisonville Community College - Murray State University Consortium for Respiratory Education. The consortium offers you the opportunity to learn from faculty members who understand the rigors of completing an associate degree in Respiratory Therapy and can help you make an easy transition to a Bachelor’s degree program.

Competitive, affordable tuition. 

Murray State offers competitive tuition rates, plus plenty of opportunities for scholarships and financial aid

Admission standards

GPA of 2.0 or above and licensure a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Student selection will be made based on stated qualifications and space availability. Criteria for admission will include GPA, current credential as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and state licensure as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

BSRT Program admission requirements

General Admission Requirements

Transfer Admissions

Please note, there are no advanced placement options.

Admission process

  1. Apply for admission to Murray State
    1. Pay an admission fee
    2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended
  2. Email Academic Advisor for BSRT - Kelly Hayes at
  3. Complete required general education courses (if needed)
  4. Apply for admission to the BSRT program
    1. Submit application packet including proof of current RRT credential from NBRC* and state license*
      * - will be verified.


The BSRT degree curriculum is 120 credit hours consisting of university studies courses and required courses, including 42 hours in respiratory care.

Graduation requirements

Students will be eligible for graduation when they have completed all required general education and discipline specific coursework as outlined in the Academic Bulletin

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The Murray State University Respiratory Program located in Murray, KY, CoARC 510024, which awards the Bachelor in Science in Respiratory Care, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). This status signifies that a program with an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards (through submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR) and any other documentation required by the CoARC, as well as satisfactory completion of an initial on-site visit), to be allowed to admit students. It is recognized as an accredited program by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), which provides enrolled students who complete the program with eligibility for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until it achieves Continuing Accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 264 Precision Blvd Telford, TN 37690. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes-based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Please use the link below to review our programmatic outcomes data.

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Madisonville Community College and Murray State University are accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Commission on Colleges. For complete details, contact SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033.

Contact Us

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes

Academic Advisor
Respiratory Therapy Program

750 Laffoon Street, Madisonville, KY

The School of Nursing Main office can be reached at 270.809.2193.


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