Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program provides students with advanced skills and knowledge in respiratory care. The program is designed for practicing respiratory therapists who have earned an associate (AS) degree to develop competencies in research, management, education and leadership. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Board of Directors has a goal that by the year 2020, 80 percent of all practicing respiratory therapists will have earned, or be actively seeking, a bachelor’s degree.

Therapists who earn their B.S. in Respiratory Care will expand their earning potential by about $3,000 annually. They may also quality for career opportunities such as managing a respiratory care department or teaching respiratory care students, or different roles in healthcare such as disease manager, case manager, clinical specialist, commissioned officer in the public health service or supervisor of a pulmonary function lab. The B.S. in Respiratory Care at Washington Adventist University takes place in a convenient and flexible online learning format.

Respiratory Care Core Curriculum  

73 Hours

RESP 270 Fundamental Skills for the BSRC Program 1
RESP 299 Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential Credit 39
RESP 433 RC Management 3
RESP 443 RC Research 3
RESP 453 RC Education 3
RESP 463 RC Leadership 3
Electives in the discipline – by approval of the Program Director 18
Competencies (by exam or portfolio) or courses
RESP 499 RC Capstone:  RC Evidence-Based Practice – Project & Portfolio 3


Required Cognates    

22 Hours

ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
INTD 315 Ethics in Modern Society                  (GenEd:  Religion Elective) 3
INTD 327 Issues in Religion and Culture        (GenEd:  Religion Elective) 3
MATH 110 Probability and Statistics                  (GenEd: Math Elective) 4
PHIL 250 Introduction to Logic                          (GenEd:  Humanities Elective) 3
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology             (GenEd: PSYC 105/SOCI 105) 3
PSYC 210/
PSYC 355
Developmental Psychology  /
Motivation & Learning                       (GenEd: Social Science Elective)


General Education (See also:  WAU Bulletin 2016-2017 pg.34-36 

25 Hours

ENGL 101 First Year Composition (Core) 3
ENGL 102 Research and Literature (Core) 3
COMM 105 Introduction to Human Communication (Core) 3
CPTR 105 Introduction to Computers (Core) [Accept:  Waiver C, INSY 110] 3
Literature Elective 3
Science Elective 4
History Elective 3
Physical Education Activity Elective 1
Health Elective 2


120 Hours

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