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Respiratory Care Bachelor’s Degree

The Field

Skyline College currently offers a well-established Associate’s degree program in Respiratory Care. The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program allows current students and recent graduates a pathway to complete a four year degree without having to transfer and licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP) to return for degree completion.

The Respiratory Care Bachelor’s Degree at Skyline College

PLEASE NOTE: After review and to be in alignment with state, regional accreditation (ACCJC), and professional industry standards, additional upper division units have been added to the curriculum. The added curriculum has been selected based on industry and educational outcomes. Please visit the degree webpage for more information.

This bachelor’s degree offers students a greater ability to advance to management and leadership roles within the profession, to become advanced caregivers, to conduct health related research, and to become educators in the field. Increasingly, Respiratory Care Practitioners are taking on responsibilities, formerly conducted by physicians, requiring a greater level of critical thinking and analytical skills.

A minimum of 26.5 units of upper division major course work builds upon the lower division major course work. The degree also includes a minimum of 15 units of upper division general education courses in alignment with California State University guidelines.

Students will complete coursework through a capstone project developed in collaboration with faculty and community members and are aligned with student area of interest.

Career Outlook

Most respiratory therapists participate in three phases of patient care: diagnosis, treatment and patient management. While many respiratory therapists work in hospitals, some work in nursing care facilities or travel to patients’ homes.

Demand for respiratory therapists is high, and employment is expected to grow 19% over the next decade according to the U.S. Department of Labor thanks in part to a growing aging population. In California, respiratory therapists make an average of $75, 870 per year and in the San Francisco Bay Area specifically, therapists can make an average of $90,230 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bachelor’s degree preparation provides opportunities for advancement in Respiratory Care areas and increases in salary compensation.

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Student Entrance Eligibility

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students currently enrolled in AS Respiratory Care program at Skyline College and intend to continue to BS Respiratory Care program
OR
  • New graduates from other programs who have completed an accredited Respiratory Care program equivalent to an AS in Respiratory Care and are California licensure eligible
    OR
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners who have completed an accredited Respiratory Care program equivalent to an AS in Respiratory Care and are California licensure eligible
    AND
  • Completed minimum 30 units of the CSU General Education pattern
  • First Cohort Start Date: August 2016

    Approximately 40 students will begin a hybrid program. Approximately 2 upper division and 1 lower division classes per semester. Meet on campus on Saturdays. Expected completion after Spring 2018 semester.

    Second Cohort Start Date: August 2017

    Approximately 40 students will begin a hybrid program. Approximately 2 upper division and 1 lower division classes per semester. Meet on campus on Saturdays. Expected completion after Spring 2019 semester.

    Third Cohort Start Date: January 2018
    Fourth Cohort Start Date: August 2018

    Program Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of degree requirements, students will be able to:

    • Apply knowledge of advanced Respiratory Care concepts and functions in an integrated approach.
    • Draw on multiple sources of analysis, research, and critical thinking to address a problem and construct an applicable project focused on Respiratory Care.

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