Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

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The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC or BScRC) is a four-year academic degree in the science and principles of respiratory care, granted by a tertiary education university or similarly accredited school.[1] In the United States one is eligible to sit for the NBRC-WRE licensing examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist after graduating from either a two-year program with an associate degree or from a four-year program with a bachelor's degree, the bachelor's degree prepares respiratory practitioners for a professional role away from the bedside with coursework in science, research, leadership, and informatics.[2][3]

Respiratory care practice[edit]

Students awarded a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care are qualified to sit for the three credentialing examinations NBRC-ELE, NBRC-WRE, and NBRC-CSE and apply for licensure as a Registered Respiratory Therapist.

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  2. ^ Barnes TA, Kacmarek RM, Kageler WV, Morris MJ, Durbin CG (2011). "Transitioning the respiratory therapy workforce for 2015 and beyond.". Respir Care. 56 (5): 681–90. PMID 21276324. doi:10.4187/respcare.01169. 
  3. ^ Barnes TA, Gale DD, Kacmarek RM, Kageler WV (2010). "Competencies needed by graduate respiratory therapists in 2015 and beyond.". Respir Care. 55 (5): 601–16. PMID 20420732.