Bachelor of Applied Science - Respiratory Care
Program LengthCourses/General Education Courses Length
9 quarters 3 quarters
Spokane Community College
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If you want to work in health care and helping people with lung problems sounds interesting, consider a career as a respiratory care practitioner (RCP).
In this accredited, four-year program, you’ll learn to assess, diagnose, treat and educate patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Courses and hands-on clinical training provide you with the skills to create advanced treatment plans, manage ventilators and artificial airways, perform sophisticated diagnostic testing, and consult with physicians and other healthcare personnel to optimize a patient’s lung function.
Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to test for professional certification in the field. With this degree, you could work for a hospital in an intensive care unit, emergency room or surgical department; a doctor’s office performing pulmonary function testing; a home care agency; or a rehabilitation institute.
Technical standards for the respiratory care industry talk about the physical, cognitive and behavioral standards expected to perform in the industry.
Program start: Fall (competitive entry)
Program length: 9 quarters
Number of students each start: 20
Contact: Toni D'Amato 509-533-7307
Application Deadline: September 1st
Please note: Application Packet
Respiratory care is an allied health profession which is a dynamic, high tech, high touch healthcare profession involving direct patient care. Respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) specialize in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function, health and wellness. Services provided to patients include diagnostic testing, therapeutic intervention, monitoring, rehabilitation, and the application of cardiopulmonary life-support systems. Respiratory care services are provided in all healthcare settings including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, patient’s homes and physician offices.
Spokane Community College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care prepares graduates with demonstrated competence in cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). The program prepares leaders in the discipline by providing additional curricular content in research, management, advanced practice, and education.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835.
Upon completion of the program students will earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care and will be eligible to apply and sit the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams for registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and the specialty exams in pulmonary function, neonatal-pediatric, and adult critical care.
Students are admitted to the program during the general education year. General education courses may not be repeated more than once. Successful admission and completion in the professional program is based on earning a 2.5 or higher in general education courses and a 2.0 (78%) or higher in all Respiratory Care courses.
Math placement is required for this program. If your math placement is below MATH& 146, you’ll need to take the following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 48 → MATH 87 → MATH 88 → MATH& 146
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101 → ENGL& 235
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Bachelor of Applied Science - Respiratory Care
Total Courses/General Education Courses Credits: 45
Total Program Credits: 135
NOTE: You must apply and be accepted into the program before taking the following courses
Toni D'Amato began her career as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in 2009. She was previously employed as a diagnostic therapist with Sacred Heart Medical Center where she also specialized in Emergency and Critical Care. She still actively works in practice performing bedside patient care. She sits on the Board of Directors as a Director at Large for the Respiratory Care Society of Washington where she also chairs multiple committees whose focus is on continuing student engagement within the organization. Toni obtained her A.A.S. at Spokane Community College, B.S. at Boise State University and M.Sc. at Northeastern University in Boston.
B.S., University of Idaho; A.A., Spokane Community College; A.A.S., Spokane Community College; current M.S. program enrollment University of Idaho
B.S., RRT – ACCS
Justine has over 10 years’ experience as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. She was previously employed at Kootenai Health specializing in adult critical care. She was also a supportive lecture and lab instructor at SCC. She obtained her B.S. in Organizational Science and is currently completing her M.S. in Adult Organizational Learning and Leadership at the University of Idaho.
Michelle Samuels began her career as a Respiratory Care Practitioner in 2009. Working as a respiratory therapist she specialized in both Adult and Neonatal Critical Care and then later developed the regions first COPD Navigator program. She obtained her A.A.S at Spokane Community College, B.S. at Boise State University, and M.S. at the University of Idaho.
The Spokane Community College BAS in Respiratory Care program, CoARC program number 200055, located at Spokane Community College, Spokane WA is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Get program outcomes data including attrition, job placement, NBRC examination success, on-time graduation rates and enrollment information here.
CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an "outcomes based" process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.
Admission to the program requires that you:
Complete the Bachelor of Applied Science Respiratory Care application form. Form and additional documents must be submitted in a packet to the Registration Office in Building 15 (1810 N Greene Street Spokane, WA 99217-5399)
Complete the required general education courses (freshman year); BIOL&160, BIOL&241, BIOL&242, BIOL&260, CHEM&121, CMST 227, ENGL&101, ENGL&235 or ENGL&102, MATH&146 with a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
Submit your official transcripts to the SCC Transcripts Office (official transcripts must be approved prior to starting the program). Unofficial transcripts must be submitted in application packet.
Complete 50 hours of work/volunteer experience in healthcare.
Submit two professional letters of reference (sealed in envelopes and submitted in application packet).
Complete a personal interview with the program’s selection committee (by invitation).
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