Mar 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care (Degree Advancement)

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Learning Outcomes

The program is developed to provide a pathway for Respiratory Therapists with an associate level degree to complete a bachelor level degree advancement program.

A student earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care will be able to:

  • Develop patient education curriculum using education concepts, learning theories and teaching philosophies.
  • Apprise treatment plans using advanced adult, pediatric, and neonatal Respiratory Care concepts.
  • Interpret and apply fundamental scientific research information within the health care field.
  • Practice team collaboration, leadership, and management skills in a variety of health care settings.
  • Critique advanced practitioner competencies in the delivery of care in specialty cardiopulmonary areas.
  • 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.

Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to Highline’s BAS Respiratory Care Program, eligible applicants must have:

  • Completed a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care program (or its equivalent), in Respiratory Care;
  • Current RRT credential;
  • Official transcripts from an accredited college or university;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Application Process

To be considered for the Bachelor of Applied Science program, prospective students must submit the following: 

  • Completed Highline bachelor “Application for Program Admission” forms, specifically: BAS- Reparatory Care (degree advancement) application;
  • Nonrefundable application fee;
  • Copy of transcript from a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care program;
  • Proof of current RRT credential. 

Important Note

For the most current curriculum information and advising, contact the program faculty.

  • All courses must be successfully completed at a CoARC accredited program and from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Any course taken in the BAS major core must be a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • This degree advancement program is not accredited by CoARC.


General Education Requirements: 60 credits

Quantitative Skill Requirements

Social Science Requirements

*Choose ten (10) credit hours of lower level Social Science courses from Psychology and/or Sociology.

Science Requirements

*Choose ten (10) credit hours of lower level Natural Science courses; minimum of one laboratory course.

Additional Program Requirements

Choose ten (10) hours of the following:

  • English - Any 100 level or higher
  • Humanities - Any 100 level or higher
  • Mathematics - Any 100 level or higher
  • Natural Science - Any 100 level or higher
  • Social Science - Any 100 level or higher

AAS Core/Related Credits: 80 credits

Includes Respiratory Care credit towards the AAS degree in Respiratory Care.

Total Program Credits: 180 credits

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