Bachelor of Science in Pulmonary Science Online

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Offered Online?
Classes meet entirely online.

Offered In-Class?
Classes meet face-to-face at our St. Paul campus or other off-campus location.

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Course work is completed through a combination of in-class and online class meetings.

Bachelor of Science in Pulmonary Science

Course Length: 7 Weeks
Total Credit Hours: 44
Cost Per Credit Hour: $420


2013 best online degree programsThe Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Pulmonary Science program consists of 44 credit hours and is offered fully online.  The bachelors in respiratory therapy is designed for busy adult students who are interested in obtaining their degree and require the flexibility of attending class on their schedule.

Registered Respiratory Therapists can work full-time and complete the bachelor of pulmonary science degree. Because Concordia delivers courses via the Web, students must utilize their own time and organizational skills to succeed in this accelerated online program.

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Epidemiological Foundations

This course is designed to provide students with a historical background in epidemiological studies. The course is also designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basics of epidemiological activity and classical epidemiological investigations. By applying knowledge from a range of disciplines, epidemiologists are able to more adequately study disease, wellness and other health-related events in populations. The ultimate goal of this course is to stimulate a desire for further education in epidemiological course work.


Advances in Pharmacology

This course is designed to help broaden the health care professional’s knowledge of pharmacology. Topics include types and effects of drugs, including diagnostic imaging contrast media. Pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of drugs commonly used in ancillary health care are presented. Students taking this course will also study the most recent FDA approved medications and understand the current state of respiratory care practice in today’s health care environment.


Health Psychology

This class is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner


Ethics & Decision Making

This is a foundational course in ethics for individuals pursuing vocations of service in health care. Students will have a greater understanding of the ethical principles that are applied to the delivery of health care services and the processes for making sound ethical decisions.  Students will develop models of decision making that are consistent with core personal values as well as the ethical standards of their professions.  Motivations for ethical healthcare decisions will be evaluated.  The roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals will be explored on the basis of Christian values as well as assumptions drawn from reason and societal norms and expectations.


Principles of Healthcare Syst.

The objective of this course is to provide the students with a basic understanding of the healthcare system. As the participants progress through the course they will build their healthcare vocabulary, strengthen their understanding of healthcare concepts and have the opportunity to experience healthcare decision making through the evaluation of case scenarios.


Healthcare Info. Systems

This course examines the intricate interlocking healthcare technology systems from patient self-service to data entry by the practitioner. Additionally, students will explore security, legal and ethical implications associated with electronic healthcare systems. Finally, students will learn about enterprise healthcareinformation and management systems that contribute to ensuring quality patient care.


Multi-Specialties in Resp. Thr

This course outlines the diverse disciplines in the Respiratory Therapy profession ranging from acute care to chronic management. It gives Respiratory Therapists the opportunity to develop more understanding of professional diversification of other specialties in their field, including Sleep Medicine, neo-Peds, Specialization, Flight Medicine, Home Care, and others. This seven week extensive course will identify the needs, demand and unique requirements for each specific specialization.  Respiratory Studies will be implemented based on current guidelines, practices and procedures of accredited professional standards in Respiratory Care.


Compliance & Regulatory Req.

The focus of this course is to examine the role law plays in the everyday operation of our health care system from the management perspective. Key topics will include: The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Corporate Compliance and Integrity, Fraud and Abuse, health care laws, and health care regulatory agencies. Laws and bills related to health care in the State of Minnesota will be examined and followed.


Adv. in Critical Care Monitor

This course focuses on the advanced medical and respiratory care needed for the critically ill adult patients. Among the topics covered are cardiopulmonary assessment of trauma, postsurgical, cardiac and renal patients. The course will also provide instruction in advanced cardiac life-support.


Adv. Cardiopulmonary Sciences

This course provides students with techniques and methods used to analyze and evaluate the health status of critically ill patients. This course has an emphasis on the respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems and is beneficial for students who work within a critical care facility.


Senior Seminar

This course provides the foundation for the research project. The students will engage in a literature survey of research in the instructor’s area of expertise and develop a research proposal consisting of a research hypothesis, a rationale for the work and experimental design.


For admission consideration, a student must:

Have an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy from a regionally accredited college or university
Be credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist
If the candidate has an Associate of Applied Science Degree, additional lower division general education courses may also need to be taken for graduation


1. Apply Online

2. Final and official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
* If you have attended a MNSCU college or university we also ask that you provide an official accompanying DARS or MnTC goal area worksheet.  Concordia accepts completed goal areas.
* If you have less than 20 college credits completed, you will need to submit your official high school transcript as well as any college level courses you have taken.

3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below.  Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via mail, email or fax. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).

What has led you to pursue your undergraduate degree?
What are your long term personal and professional goals?

Technology Requirements
Students enrolling in an adult undergraduate program must have access to a computer that meets Concordia University's technology requirements. Contact Concordia's Help Desk at or 651-641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

Concordia University Technology Requirements (PDF)

Start Dates

Spring 2015 Term

Start Date: Monday, January 13, 2015
Delivery: Online
Class Day: Monday
Chat Time: 7-8 p.m. CST

*128 credits need to be completed to earn bachelor's degree