Advance your Respiratory Therapy Career with an Online Bachelor’s Degree


By Staff Writer Published on August 30, 2012

Many practicing respiratory therapists wonder if adding a bachelor’s degree to their resume will help with their career prospects and future earnings. Well, speaking from my own experience as Respiratory Therapy Director and hospital CEO for many years, I can speak plainly here and say that the answer today is YES!  At this point in the evolution of the respiratory therapy profession, the bachelor’s degree has become extremely valuable.

The 2015 initiatives of the American Association for Respiratory Care make it very clear that this is the direction in which our field is headed, and the best career prospects will exist for those who hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC). For respiratory therapists seeking BS degrees, the problem over the years has been that very few schools offered the degree specifically in respiratory care, and getting a bachelor’s degree in another field may not have been very helpful for someone interested in staying and advancing in respiratory therapy.

Well this year, Independence University has solved that problem by offering an entirely online BSRC degree. I am one of the course developers and professors for the program, and I am very proud of what we have created for our students. There are big opportunities within the BSRC program for students to focus on advanced clinical practice, management of RT services, educator roles, and other specialty areas of practice.

I would suggest that practicing respiratory therapists across the nation take a serious look at advancing their credentials through a BSRC degree at Independence University. If you have any questions about the program, I will certainly be happy to answer them.

It will be my privilege to work with bachelor’s degree candidates in my BSRC courses!


Author Bio
Professor Deryl Gulliford is a member of the Senior Faculty of Respiratory Therapy at Independence University, and he has been with the organization since 1989. He teaches courses in Respiratory Therapy Management and Leadership and also Introduction to Respiratory Care. Gulliford is the William Newcomer Healthcare Executive of the Year for the United States, elected by his peers, and his hospital made the “Top 100 Hospitals in America” list of Modern Healthcare magazine. Gulliford has published more than 30 refereed journal articles, including the Travenol Literary Award winning article entitled, “Surviving the Financial Restructuring of Healthcare.”