The Respiratory Care baccalaureate degree program is intended for students who have completed a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) approved Associate degree program in the field of respiratory care as a pathway to complete a four-year degree. The curriculum focuses on advanced level scope of practice, including clinical specialist, interventional pulmonology, and pulmonary diagnostics.
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Projections
The Chart below shows the five-year projections based on the enrollment of completer students and that of past graduates and graduates from other programs. This projection takes into account the number of students currently enrolling in the InterventionalPulmonology Certificate Program as well as the number of students enrolled into the respiratory program who already have a baccalaureate degree.
|FH RSPT Completers||20||20||20||20||20|
|FH Past Graduates and other program Graduates||10||10||20||20||20|
The goal of the baccalaureate degree program is to educate existing respiratory therapists and give them the necessary tools for advancement within the field. A baccalaureate degree will ensure that students are more competitive and have access to specialty positions within respiratory care.
· The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree graduate will have the skills to implement their role as a health professional and will possess the ethics, values, skills, and knowledge integral to all aspects of the profession with an emphasis on clinical specialist, interventional pulmonology, and pulmonary diagnostics.
· The graduate will be able to exercise evidence-based practice, critical thinking and communicate effectively in all professional employment settings.
30 units of core courses in respiratory care and 14 units of upper-division general education courses; active and good standing respiratory care practitioner license; and completion of one of the following general education patterns: CSU GeneralEducation Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education TransferCurriculum (IGETC).
Foothill College awards 24 units as credit for prior learning for passing the National Board for Respiratory Care TMC and CSE Examinations.
(Y1 or S1)
|BIOL 300||Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology||4||Y1|
|HLTH 300||Health Across the Lifespan||5||Y1|
|RSPT 300||Leadership and Management||5||Y1|
|RSPT 301||Clinical Specialist and Chronic Disease Management||5||Y1|
|RSPT 302||Pulmonary Diagnostics||5||Y1|
|RSPT 303||Interventional Pulmonology Theory and Application||5||Y2|
|RSPT 304||Interventional Pulmonology Procedures||5||Y2|
|RSPT 305||Respiratory Care Capstone Research project||5||Y2|
|IDS 300||Research Methodology for Health Professionals||5||Y2|