Respiratory Care Bachelor's Degree
Skyline College currently offers a well-established Associate’s degree program in Respiratory Care which provides entry into practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. 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 program provides needed skills to enhance RCPs performance and professional advancement in today's healthcare environment.
The Respiratory Care Bachelor's Degree at Skyline College
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.
Students can apply through the Respiratory Care Online Application.
Most Respiratory Care Practitioners participate in three phases of patient care: diagnosis, treatment and patient management. While many RCPs work in hospitals, some work in nursing care facilities or travel to patients’ homes. With the higher expectation in degree attainment, practitioners will seek more opportunities in leadership roles as well as outside the acute care environment.
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.
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
- 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
- Respiratory Care Practitioners who have completed an accredited Respiratory Care program
equivalent to an AS in Respiratory Care and are California licensure eligible
- 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: August 2018
Approximately 40 students will be admitted to the fully online program. Approximately 2 upper division classes per term. Instruction facilitated online with regular synchronous web-conference meetings throughout the program. Expected completion May 2020.
Fourth Cohort Start Date: August 2019
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.