Undergraduate Degree Bridge Program (AS to BS)

A program for respiratory care practitioners, who have completed an associate of science degree in respiratory therapy and are Registered Respiratory Therapists, to obtain a bachelor of science degree in respiratory care.

Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants must complete AREAS A-F (core curriculum) before you are eligible to apply to the Bridge program.
  • A complete Advanced Standing application for admission to the respiratory care program.
  • Admission to Georgia State University in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions with a major in respiratory therapy.
  • AARC Student Membership.
  • GPA at least 2.5

Program Highlights
Bridge students must complete University core education requirements (see General Education Courses), as mandated by the University System for a Bachelor’s degree. Many students have coursework from other schools that can transfer to satisfy some of the required prerequisite courses.  Bridge students must complete University core education requirements prior to taking any respiratory therapy courses.

Students must demonstrate knowledge of the history and constitutions of the United States and Georgia by either completing an American History and an American Government course, or by taking exams to fulfill these requirements after enrollment at Georgia State.  Information is available here.

Georgia State University also requires that 39 semester hours in the major area (Respiratory Therapy) be completed in residence (at Georgia State). The suggested courses are listed, which represent the most advanced coursework in the Bachelor program. (See Suggested Courses)

Credit by Validation for 30 semester hours is given based on the RRT credential. This includes all clinical coursework in the Bachelor degree program. (See Credit by Validation)

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester – June 1
Spring Semester – November 1
Summer Semester – April 1

Apply to the Program

Degree Requirements Apply 

Testing Out

Students have the option to Test Out of a Course, if they are competent in the course area, with the exception of the final capstone course, RT 4950, Directed Study.

Georgia State University
Respiratory Therapy
P.O. Box 4019
Atlanta, GA 30302-4019
[email protected]
(404) 413-1225 p
(404) 413-1230 f

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