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Teresa Ong


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Bay Area


Foothill College

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Program Details

Program Title

Baccalaureate in Respiratory Care

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Respiratory Care/Therapy (121000)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description

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. The program will be limited to 30 students and will commence Fall quarter.

Enrollment Completer Projections

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 into the Interventional Pulmonology Certificate Program as well as the number of students enrolled into the respiratory program who already have a baccalaureate degree. 

FH RSPT Completers2020202020
FH Past Graduates and other program Graduates1010202020
Total enrollment3030404040

Projected Enrollment Data for new courses

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2
Course # Course Title Annual Sections Annual Enrollment Annual Sections Annual Enrollment 
BIOL 300 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 30 1 30 
HLTH 300 Health Across the Lifespan 1 30 1 30 
RSPT 300 Leadership and Management 1 30 1 30 
RSPT 301 Clinical Specialist and Chronic Disease Management 1 30 1 30 
RSPT 302 Pulmonary Diagnostics 1 30 1 30 
RSPT 303 Interventional Pulmonology Theory and Application 1 30 1 30 
RSPT 304 Interventional Pulmonology Procedures 1 30 1 30 
IDS 300 Research Methodology for Health Professionals 1 30 1 30 
RSPT 305 Respiratory Care Capstone Research Project 1 30 1 30 

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • A.S. Degree (S)
Program Goal

Program Goals 

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. 

Program Objectives 

  • The respiratory care bachelor’s in science 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. 

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)

30 quarter units

Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

The program will require 74 units not including CSU Breadth or IGETC courses. 

Program Requirements
 Requirements  Course #  Title  Units  Sequence 
CSU GE Breadth requirement or Intersegmental GE Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)  See Catalog for full list  Prerequisite 
 ENGL 1B Composition, Critical reading & Thinking Through Literature 5 Prerequisite 
 MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5 Prerequisite 
 HLTH 20 Introduction to Public Health 5 Prerequisite 
 SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5 Prerequisite 
 COMM 1A Public Speaking 5 Prerequisite 
 BIOL 45 Introduction to Human Nutrition 5 Prerequisite 
Core Courses   (30 units) upper division courses     
 RSPT 300 Leadership and Management 5 First year Winter Quarter 
 RSPT 301 Clinical Specialist and Chronic Disease Management 5 First year Spring Quarter 
 RSPT 302 Pulmonary Diagnostics 5 First year Spring Quarter 
 RSPT 303 Interventional Pulmonology Theory and Application 5 Second year Fall Quarter 
 RSPT 304 Interventional Pulmonology Procedures 5 Second year Winter Quarter 
 RSPT 305 Respiratory Care Capstone Research Project 5 Second year Spring Quarter 
Restricted Electives (14 units) upper division GE courses     
 BIOL 300 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 4 First year Fall Quarter 
 HLTH 300 Health Across the Lifespan 5 First year Winter Quarter 
 IDS 300 Research Methodology for Health Professionals 5 Second year Spring Quarter 

Supporting Documents

Bay Area Regional Questions

Goal of Program

CTE & Transfer

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The proposed program is in alignment with the CCC mission of providing degree-applicable credit. The proposed degree will offer baccalaureate-level courses appropriate to general education and the respiratory care major. Students who complete their baccalaureate will be more marketable and will have more job opportunities than those who have an associate degree.   Per employer surveys provided by COE, most employers prefer a bachelor's degree for hire but many RTs in California do not have a bachelor's degree.
Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.
Skyline College currently offers a bachelor's degree program in Respiratory Care.

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01/04/24 - 11:34 AM



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Kit O'Doherty Super User   ·  01/05/24

Foothill College has reached out to Skyline seeking their support.