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Accelerated Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy Department offers a one-year, accelerated second degree program for the individual who holds a bachelors degree in another field. In one year, qualified individuals can earn a second degree and begin an exciting career as a respiratory therapist. Respiratory therapists are healthcare professionals who evaluate and treat persons of all ages having lung and heart disorders.

The responsibilities of the therapist include: pulmonary function assessment, diagnostic testing, administering oxygen and aerosolized drugs, breathing retraining and pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care management of patients requiring ventilatory support, and emergency care. Respiratory therapists find careers in multiple settings including the hospital, home care and rehabilitation.

While in the program, students complete 55 semester hours in residence at Bellarmine complying with the university policy to complete a minimum of 36 semester hours, including at least 12 upper level semester hours in the degree major. The technical standards for the program include minimum standards of observation, motor function, behavioral-social capabilities and communication. A list of the technical standards may be obtained from the Respiratory Therapy Department in Miles Hall, 317.

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition for 2014-2015
55 credit hours at $610 per credit hour for a total of $33,550.

Fees for 2014-2015
$50 per class for full-time students
The three semester professional program approximate cost for tuition and fees is $34,400.

Funding Assistance
At Bellarmine, we recognize that the cost of private higher education is a major consideration for you, and we are committed to providing you with a high quality education at a reasonable cost. Our staff will work closely with you to explore all of the resources and funding options available. Our goal is to ensure that every student receives our best offer of financial assistance and that your affordable investment in a Bellarmine education is a reality. Qualified Accelerated Second Degree Respiratory Therapy students are eligible for federal student loans and may also choose to apply to local hospital scholarship-to-work programs. For more information on how to fund your Bellarmine education, please visit the financial aid office and The Bellarmine school code is 001954.


The Respiratory Therapy Program (offering the Bachelor of Health Science degree in Louisville, KY) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

Contact information

Julie Armstrong-Binnix
Graduate Admission Officer
502.272.8364, 800.274.4723 x.8364

Office of Graduate Admission

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Office of Graduate Admission
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205

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