Program Description


The respiratory care practitioner is a member of the health-care team in medical centers, skilled-nursing facilities, outpatient rehabilitation programs, physician offices, and in-home care. Many are involved in research and development of new and innovative care protocols and equipment. They are effective communicators and compassionate caregivers, possessing an awareness of cultural sensitivity and diversity. They have leadership roles in patient education, wellness intervention and development of respiratory care plans. Respiratory care professionals apply critical-thinking skills in cardiopulmonary diagnostics and patient assessment to optimize the delivery of patient care. In a time of high technology, increasing growth of the elderly population and increasing numbers of patients with asthma and chronic lung disease, there is a great demand for educated and skilled respiratory care practitioners.

The Respiratory Care program begins with the autumn quarter and is based on the completion of two years of prerequisite course work at any accredited college or university. The first year at Loma Linda University primarily emphasizes the theoretical aspects of respiratory therapy science, with twenty weeks of introductory clinical fieldwork. The remaining year combines clinical training three to four days per week, with more advanced classroom topics in management and research. The schedule is suspended for Christmas and spring vacation periods.

Upon completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree, the graduate is eligible to pursue all credentialing examinations offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC).

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Program Website

Program Length

8 quarters (2 years)

Possible Careers

Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Technician, Respiratory Researcher

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Summer of 2022 Oct 5, 2021 Jun 10, 2022
Autumn of 2022 Jan 2, 2022 Sep 19, 2022


  • Human Anatomy & Physiology w/lab; or General Biology w/lab; or General Zoology w/lab; complete sequences
  • Intro Chemistry w/lab or General Chemistry w/lab
  • Microbiology w/lab
  • Physics: high school level or one quarter or semester of introductory level, or respiratory physics
  • General Psychology or Sociology
  • Cultural Diversity (Cultural Anthropology), one course
  • Social Sciences: 12 quarter or 8 semester units (anthropology, sociology, geography)
  • Math: 2-years of high school selected from: algebra 1 (elementary algebra), algebra II (intermediate), or geometry with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  • Freshman English, complete sequence
  • Speech
  • Two physical education activities or courses
  • Personal Health or Nutrition, one course
  • Statistics (suggested)
  • Research Methods (suggested)

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA  94501; telephone: (510) 748-9001.
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2021-2022

Year of Program: Year Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $21,600 $5,400
Books & Supplies $188 $62
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $21,788 $5,462


The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Accounts for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2021-2022, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 3
Room & Board $13,275 $4,425
Transportation $2,880 $960
Personal Expenses $2,250 $750


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.