Takoma Park, Md. (November 29, 2016) A new online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) program for Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) will be offered at Washington Adventist University (WAU), starting in the second term of the 2017 Spring Semester, which begins March 5. This degree advancement program is designed specifically for respiratory therapists who have an associate’s degree. It is provided through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which accommodates working adults in an accelerated format.
“Respiratory therapists who have their associate’s degree are wise to seek a bachelor’s degree,” said Respiratory Care Program Director Vicki Rosette. “Not only will they expand their earning potential and career options, but the American Association for Respiratory Care is now recommending for all respiratory therapists so that they can stay competitive in the field.”
In the summer of 2015, the AARC Board of Directors set a goal that 80 percent of all practicing respiratory therapists will have earned, or be actively seeking, a bachelor’s degree by the year 2020. Currently, only 65 percent have earned or are actively seeking their bachelor’s degree.
The WAU program will be offered online, in eight-week sessions that will enable students to earn their degree faster. The program will focus on research, management, education and leadership specific to the profession of Respiratory Care.
Therapists who earn their B.S. in Respiratory Care degree will expand their earning potential by about $3,000 annually. In addition, they will qualify for new career opportunities such as managing a respiratory care department or teaching respiratory care students. With a bachelor’s degree, they may also qualify for a different role in healthcare such as disease manager, case manager, clinical specialist, commissioned officer in the public health service or supervisor of a pulmonary function lab.
For more information about the BSRC program, please visit the Respiratory Care or contact Program Director Vicki Rosette at or 301-891-4187. To apply for the online BSRC program, go to the free application. For more information about the WAU School of Graduate and Professional Studies, go to the website or call 301-891-4092. Offices will be closed for the holidays from December 26 to January 2, but are otherwise open Mondays -- Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.
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