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Join a growing career field with a Respiratory Therapy degree online

Looking for online respiratory therapy programs? With an Associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy online from Independence University, you could launch a satisfying healthcare career helping others breathe more easily.

This program will help you gain the clinical skills you need to start a successful career as a respiratory therapist (RT). In addition to online courses, the program offers practical, hands-on learning through clinical experience under the direct supervision of practicing respiratory therapists in professional settings.


You could become qualified to provide respiratory care in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and sleep disorder treatment centers. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentialing exams - and upon passing the exam, will be able to apply for state licensure.1 Potential career areas may include:

  • Respiratory therapist
  • Sleep center technologist
  • Polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT)
  • Pulmonary function technician


IU's online Associate's degree program in Respiratory Therapy provides a strong foundation in RT knowledge and skills,2 such as:

  • Airway management
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Cardiopulmonary pharmacology
  • Cardiopulmonary physiology
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Lung expansion therapy
  • Bronchial hygiene therapy
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Perinatal and pediatric care
  • Clinical practice


Each state has their own unique requirements regarding professional licensure in respiratory therapy. Use the link below to find your state’s licensing board(s) and then contact them to see if this program meets your state’s licensing requirements.

General Disclosure


The Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). The Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy program has been placed on Probationary Accreditation as of November 2013.

Contact Info:
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244

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Still Have Questions?

If you have questions about IU's Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy, you can get all the answers in the program overview.

Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.