Respiratory Care

Spring 2019



Degrees and Certificates

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Program Description

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 (, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835.

Upon completion of the program students will earn a bachelor’s 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.

Program Learning Outcomes