Dec 09, 2023  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog

Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care (Entry to Profession)

Program Goals

  • To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  • To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Learning Outcomes

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.

Program Eligibility

To qualify for admission to the BAS Respiratory Care program, eligible applicants must have:

  • Completed or be in process of completing AAS-T 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

Application Process

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

  • Completed Highline bachelor application form
  • Copy of transcripts from regionally accredited college or university

Important Notes

  • 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.
  • Students will complete the AAS-T (Pre) respiratory care degree and the BAS in Respiratory Care (Entry to Profession) degree during the course of the program. 
  • This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.Located at

Other important information including program updates and program requirements can be found on the Respiratory Care website:


Please contact Faculty Advisory or Program Manager for most updated information.  Students must have a total of 60 general education courses to be awarded the BAS degree. 

  • Higher level courses will be considered to meet requirements of prerequisites
  • Students can apply when 30 credits of prerequisites are completed. If selected for acceptance all 50 credits of prerequisites must be completed before program start


* may be taken within the program or prior to entering the program

** may be taken within the BAS program

BAS Prerequisites (45 credits)

Program Specific Requirements (120 credits)

Total Program Credits: 181