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.
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION
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).
State laws across the nation require universities to be authorized to legally deliver online education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. To view the list of states authorizing Loma Linda University online students, go to: https://home.llu.edu/education/office-of-provost/departments-and-divisions/educational-effectiveness/online-programs/llu-state-authorization
Program Length8 quarters (2 years)
Possible CareersRespiratory Therapist, Respiratory Technician, Respiratory Researcher
|Quarter||Application Open||Priority Deadline||Final Deadline|
|Autumn of 2019||Dec 1, 2018||—||Sep 20, 2019|
|Autumn of 2020||Nov 1, 2019||—||Sep 15, 2020|
- 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
- Two physical education activities or courses
- Personal Health or Nutrition, one course
- Statistics (suggested)
- Research Methods (suggested)