Respiratory Therapy


College of Health Professions


Bachelor of Science


Center City


Hybrid (Online and On Campus)


2 Years

Information Sessions

Register for a 1-hour virtual information session to learn more about the Bachelor of Science Respiratory Therapy program. In this session, we will present an overview of the program, review the curriculum, and address any of your questions. 

What is Respiratory Therapy?

Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat patients with lung and heart problems. They administer medications, manage airways and perform cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. ​Respiratory therapists play a critical role in healthcare and work in emergency rooms, intensive care units, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and even sleep centers. To learn more about the respiratory therapist profession, review this video developed by Be An RT.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Manage ventilators
  • Assess lung capacity
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Develop and implement treatment plans
  • Monitor and record progress of treatment plan
  • Educate patients about diseases and their treatments

Respiratory Therapy is a health profession in demand. According to BLS, Respiratory Therapists (RTs) have an overall growth rate of 23% (much faster than average). The national salary range is between $65,687 and $78,591.

The national demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic created an acute shortage of RTs. This proposed program is in collaboration with National Jewish Health, the leading hospital for respiratory care in the United States.  

Program Overview

Jefferson College of Health Professions, in collaboration with National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado plans to offer the following Bachelor Degree in Respiratory Therapy programs starting in the Fall semester:

Entry Into Practice BS in Respiratory Therapy

The Entry Into Practice BSRT program consists of:

  • 60 credits of general education and core competency requirements that students can complete at Jefferson or transfer from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • 60 credits of major respiratory therapy foundational courses.
  • All didactic coursework will be fully online for students located in Denver and Philadelphia.
  • Clinical and Lab experiences will be completed at local affiliated institutions in either the Philadelphia-metro and Denver-metro areas.

Degree Advancement BS in Respiratory Therapy - RRT to BSRT

The Degree Advancement program allows licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) who have completed an Associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited CoARC program to earn a BS in Respiratory Therapy program. The program consists of:

  • Up to 80 transfer credits including at least 40 credits of General Education courses completed at a regionally accredited institution.
  • 40 credits of respiratory therapy advanced courses and electives.
  • All didactic coursework will be fully online.

Program Details

Tuition for the Entry into Practice and Degree Advancement options are listed on the Tuition page here.  

Other Estimated Costs: 

Entry into Practice 

Books - $1,000
Therapist Multiple Choice SAE - $100
Clinical Simulation SAE - $140
Clearances - $150
Scrubs - $150 
Stethoscope and other supplies - $100 
Total: $1,640

Degree Advancement
Books - $500 

Accreditation Status

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University is currently pursuing accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC has voted on and accepted our application for provisional accreditation and we received the initial Approval of Intent in July 2022. However, Jefferson can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC.