The Respiratory Therapy Department offers a two-year graduate program for the individual who holds a bachelor’s degree in another field. In two years, qualified individuals can earn a master’s 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 75 semester hours in residence at Bellarmine. In addition to the professional curriculum, students will have the opportunity to take courses with a specialization in health care leadership or health promotion and social change. 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 website.
Tuition and Fees
For the most up-to-date information on tuition, please visit our Graduate Tuition page.
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. Federal student loans are available for eligible students and students may choose to apply to local hospital scholarship-to-work programs. For more information on how to fund your Bellarmine education, please visit www.bellarmine.edu/financialaid and www.fafsa.gov. The Bellarmine school code is 001954.
Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation
The Respiratory Therapy Program (#220281 offering the Master of Health Science degree in Louisville, KY) holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Continuing Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program.
Sara Jane Musk, Graduate Admission Officer
502.272.8481, 800.274.4723 x.7200
Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200, 800.274.4723 x.7200