We are excited to announce Highline College's Respiratory Care program now offers a start to finish, 4-year Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) for those with no previous experience in the field. Students complete a quality bachelor's degree specifically in respiratory care that provides an excellent start to their career as medical professionals.
For those with an associate degree in respiratory care who are looking to attain their bachelor's degree, Highline also offers a 2-year bachelor's degree completion program. This program will expand your skills and knowledge with courses to help you in your career.
Why is a Bachelor's Level Degree Needed?
The respiratory care profession has changed in scope of practice over the years. There is a need for more complex clinical skills and knowledge in not only the hospital but other care sites.
Stronger critical thinking skills, better communication, technical writing, management, and education knowledge are now needed for a better prepared Respiratory Therapist.
A bachelor's level program allows for emphasis in those areas along with advanced level courses in critical care, pediatrics, disease management, and critical thinking development.
Two pathways: start from the beginning to be a respiratory therapist or do degree completion if you are already a respiratory therapist.
Longtime Industry Partnerships
Highline's Respiratory Care program has grown during the past 45 years to become highly regarded by the local medical community.
Strong relationships have been formed with hospitals throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area.
Students interested in becoming a Respiratory Therapist have excellent clinical rotations at clinical sites such as Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Virginia Mason, Regional Hospital, and Swedish Hospital.
Highline’s advisory committee members come from throughout the Puget Sound Region. They work with faculty to ensure the curriculum is up to date and provides you with the best possible learning opportunities.
The new start to finish Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC).
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care (completer degree) received Candidate-Level accreditation from the Northwest Commission Colleges and Universities. The completer degree is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC). This is an optional accreditation for completer programs and Highline College does not have this accreditation.
Did You Know?
Demand Is Growing
There’s a growing need for respiratory therapists who provide critical outpatient support. Between 2018 and 2028, respiratory therapy jobs will grow 27.1% from 1,199 jobs to 1,524 jobs in King and Pierce County according to estimates by *Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI).
Highline Is Leading
Highline is the first to offer a four-year degree in respiratory care in Washington state. Highline’s Respiratory Care program has run continuously since it admitted its first class in 1967. The program has received Candidate-Level accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. With this new BAS degree opportunity, we at Highline expect BAS program graduates to be prepared to assume leadership positions in the Respiratory Care profession.
Open to All
Highline welcomes all those with no previous respiratory care experience to apply to the 4-year bachelor's degree program. Working professionals how have earned an associate degree in respiratory care from a regionally accredited respiratory care program may apply to the 2-year bachelor's degree (completer degree) program.
To develop the respiratory care practitioner’s professional leadership and patient care skill sets in preparation for the health care needs of a global society through the use of a learning environment that explores scientific research, effective communication, and problem-solving.
The curriculum includes professional courses and clinical experiences to support professional development and prepares students to become respiratory care practitioners with advanced-level skills.
A student earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care will be able to:
Perform tasks and skills necessary for fulfilling the role of an entry-level respiratory care practitioner with advanced knowledge in adult critical care, neonatal/pediatric care, and disease management.
Demonstrate ethical respiratory care practices for decision-making in the delivery of patient care.
Provide care that is culturally responsive by considering and respecting multiple dimensions of human diversity.
Practice team collaboration, leadership, and management skills in healthcare settings.
To qualify for admission to the BAS Respiratory Care program, eligible applicants must have:
Completed or be in process of completing AAS-T (pre) Respiratory Care at Highline College
Completed 45 credits of required BAS Respiratory Care prerequisites;
Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university;
GPA 2.5 or better in all courses
To be considered for the Bachelor of Applied Science program in Respiratory Care, prospective students must submit the following:
Completed Highline bachelor “Application for Program Admissions” forms
Nonrefundable application fee
Copy of transcripts from regionally accredited college or university
This information does not substitute for meeting with a faculty adviser.
Once accepted into the program students must achieve a minimum 2.5 grade in each Professional-Technical Core course and Support course.
This program is offered only on a full-time basis with a new cohort starting each fall quarter.
Midway through the program students will complete an AAS-T (pre) Respiratory Care degree upon successful completion of 50 credits support courses and 40 credits of Respiratory Care core courses.
This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.