Distance learning has come a long way since the internet burst into widespread public use. Over the last 20 years, accredited universities have acknowledged the need to provide more flexibility and access to higher education. This evolution is simply a way of addressing the realities of an increasingly mobile population, more stringent training requirements for employment, and a population of students who already have life commitments outside of school.
Florida National University(FNU) is proud to be one of those institutions. Our university has been a staple in Southern Florida since 1982 with campuses in Miami and Hialeah. Our university is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges to award associate, bachelor, and master degrees. We offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and a range of additional degree programs that are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers that are in demand.
How Do Employers Feel About Online Degrees?
Due to improvements in the quality of the curriculum and advances in technology, online training is just as effective as attending a brick-and-mortar school. In fact, online studies may improve student outcomes by lowering the cost of education, providing flexibility, and narrowing focus. Even Ivy League schools now offer an online option for many of their programs in order to remain competitive. Today’s employers consider the quality and reputation of the institution awarding the degree rather than how it was conferred.
Getting an Online Respiratory Therapy Degree
The Respiratory Therapy program at FNU prepares students to receive a Bachelor of Science degree and enhances the credentials of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) graduates with current National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) credentials. Upon completion, you will have a well-rounded base of knowledge that can carry you into any realm of your chosen field from patient care to administrative positions. Best of all, you can complete the entire program online without missing a thing!
Our bachelor’s degree program requires completion of a minimum of 120 credits hours that are spread out across core classes in English, technology, math, and ethics. You’ll also be required to complete:
- 18 credit hours of natural sciences studies
- 38 credits in lower level courses
- 36 upper-level course in subjects like risk management, advanced neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, and cardiopulmonary diagnostics
What to Look for in an Online University
According to recent statistics, over 86% of traditional colleges and universities offer at least some online classes, and more than 1/3 offer entire programs online. Clinical requirements can often be fulfilled locally in the student’s own community when required as part of graduation.
Because you’re usually not able to visit the campus or meet with instructors in person, finding a comprehensive online program can be challenging. You may be concerned about interaction with other students and professors, or wonder where to turn to for support. With our school, you won’t have to worry about any of that.
When searching for an online university, look for a school that’s regionally accredited, operates with transparency, and has a long history of success. All of this information is available on a university’s websites and platforms that rate institutes of higher education. You’ll find that FNU meets all of these standards and more. We even offer job placement assistance once you graduate.
What Our Online Degree Programs Offer
All you really need to succeed in an online learning environment is internet access, time, and the determination to succeed. We’ll supply the rest. Online students are generally self-starters who are good at managing their time and don’t need constant supervision. It’s an ideal option for those with transportation issues, work or family obligations, and students who need scheduling flexibility. Online programs make it possible to still attend the college of your choice without having to change locations or disrupt your life.
Florida National University strives to make education as rewarding for our online students as we do for students who attend classes at one of our two campuses in South Florida. With online access, you can do everything from browsing our courses to registering for classes right from the comfort of your home. We also offer student resources and support geared toward making your college experience more meaningful.
How to Apply for Enrollment at FNU
We’re proud to be able to provide all the information you need to begin the application process. Our advisors will help guide you through the registration and financial aid process. If you are an international student, we will also assist you with the necessary paperwork you’ll need in order to obtain your student visa. To begin the application process, click here and create an account. You can also use this portal to track the progress of your application.
More about Financial Aid
Online students are eligible for financial aid. You can learn more about how to qualify for assistance, including grants, scholarships, and tuition incentives here. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available through our website. Our net price calculator allows you to estimate your educational costs ahead of time.
As a regionally accredited university, we participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Federal Student Assistance Programs and the State of Florida Scholarship and Grant Programs. In addition to state and federal loan programs, there are need-based assistance programs like:
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants
- Institutional scholarships
- State scholarships
When you’re ready to apply or you’d like some more information about our university and our Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree program, contact Florida National University or chat with us online during business hours, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, EST.