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.

This program is for respiratory care practitioners (RCP) with a previous AS degree in respiratory care who would like to continue in pursuit of their Bachelor of Science degree. 180 university units are required by Loma Linda University to award a bachelor’s degree and the university will accept up to 105 quarter units which includes all the pre-requisites and all the course work from your associates of science degree in respiratory care. There are 60 quarter core units in this post-professional program which you can take on a full-time or part-time schedule. Adding 105 and 60 will take you to 165 quarter units requiring you to complete and additional 15 units of electives taken from a four-year college or university to meet the 180 units required to award a bachelor’s degree. The official school year starts every fall quarter however, you can start at the beginning of any quarter which can be winter, spring, or summer quarter. The Post-Professional Bachelor of Science in respiratory care is an Online program.

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:

Program Website

Program Length

4 quarters (1year)

Possible Careers

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Summer of 2023 Mar 28, 2023 Jun 18, 2023
Autumn of 2023 Jun 20, 2023 Sep 24, 2023
Winter of 2024 Sep 26, 2023 Jan 1, 2024


  • 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 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Tuition $21,600 $5,400
Books & Supplies $186 $64
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $21,786 $5,464


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 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2
Months enrolled 9 3
Food and Housing $17,280 $5,760
Transportation $3,150 $1,050
Miscellaneous Personal Costs $2,700 $900


  • 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.