Respiratory Care

Our graduates get jobs. The increase in chronic pulmonary diseases and healthcare industry growth assures continued employment for graduates. Develop your skills and ability to help people breathe. Make a difference in someone’s life! The BAS in RC is unique. It is the only program in Eastern Washington.

Bachelor of Applied Science Respiratory Care

If you enjoy helping people and would like to work in healthcare, respiratory care might be for you. Respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) assess, diagnose, treat, and educate patients with cardiopulmonary disease. RCPs also manage ventilators and artificial airways, perform sophisticated diagnostic testing, and consult with physicians and other healthcare personnel to optimize a patient’s cardiopulmonary function.

Completion of this program will lead to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care (BASRC). This program will prepare graduates to create advanced treatment plans, provide critical care patient management, and demonstrate skills in communication, critical thinking, and leadership.

Whether you want to work for a hospital (intensive care unit, emergency room, medical/surgical, etc.), doctor’s office (pulmonary function testing), home care agency, or rehabilitation institute respiratory care may be the career for you.

This program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com). Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835. Program outcomes data including retention, job placement, NBRC examination success, on-time graduation rates, and enrollment may be accessed through their Programmatic Outcomes Data page.

Program Details


General Education

The following general education courses must be completed prior to entry into the professional part of the BAS respiratory care program. All general education courses must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Class NumberClass NameCredits
BIOL&160General Biology w/Lab5
BIOL&241Human Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab5
BIOL&242Human Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab5
BIOL&260Microbiology w/Lab5
CHEM&121General Chemistry w/Lab5
CMST&227Intercultural Communications5
ENGL&101English Composition5
ENGL&235Technical Writing5
Total Credits45

Work/Volunteer Experience

A minimum of 100 – 150 hours of work/volunteer experience in healthcare is required. Documentation of that experience through time sheets or verification of hours by a supervisor is required.

Two Professional Letters of Reference

Two professional letters of reference are required.

Personal Interview

Candidates who have completed the general education, work/volunteer experience and have submitted their letters of reference will be invited to a personal interview. The interview consists of two panels composed of BAS faculty, clinical faculty, clinical supervisors and members of the respiratory care program’s advisory committee. Each interview should take approximately 30 minutes for a total of 60 minutes.

Competitive Admission

Admission to the professional program is competitive. It is important that you present yourself and your documentation in a professional way. We appreciate and are grateful for your interest in the profession of respiratory care.

Selection Rubric

General Education GPA50%
Personal Interview25%
Work/Volunteer Experience15%
Reference Letters10%

Additional Requirements

Please familiarize yourself with the additional information about requirements for this program.


Spokane Community College main campus. Clinical rotations occur in Spokane area healthcare facilities.


The following classes show some of the main courses that make up the Respiratory Care program.
  • RT 311 - Critical Care I Technical Skills Lab

    This course introduces the technical skills required to care for an adult critically ill patient in need of life support systems. Topics will include ventilator selection, airway management, and the application of non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous term.

  • RT 401 - Pediatrics/Neonatal RT

    This course introduces the unique aspects of dealing with the newborn, from delivery room intervention, patient assessment, oxygenation and ventilation needs, airway management, medication delivery, disease states and conditions, non-invasive and invasive ventilation and monitoring along with resuscitation techniques and practices. Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous term.

  • RT 415 - Disease Management

    This course will introduce the student to contemporary disease management. Topics will include prevalent conditions among high risk patients, Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) standard, National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP), CardioSmart guidelines for congestive heart failure (CHF), and the management of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous term.

  • RT 423 - Advanced Pulmonary Diagnostics Clinical

    In this course the student will demonstrate pulmonary function techniques including airway resistance measurement, bronchial provocation, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, indirect calorimetry, bronchoscopy assisting and sleep diagnostics in the acute care setting. Prerequisite: Successful completion of previous term.

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Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities include
  • Acute Care Hospitals
  • Long Term Acute Care Facilities
  • Sub-Acute Care Facilities
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Home Care Companies
  • Physician Offices

A few graduates continue their education becoming physician assistants or applying to medical schools.