Respiratory Care Program Overview
The accredited Respiratory Care Practitioner program has been expanded at Seattle Central. New students will receive a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in Allied Health with an emphasis in Respiratory Care. Once prerequisites are met, students start the program in spring quarter and take classes in sequence. Students can start support classes at any time in preparation for the spring quarter track.
After 90 credits, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.–T) degree in Allied Health and will then continue working toward a B.A.S. Degree, which requires an additional 90 credits. In addition to classroom and laboratory instruction, students get real–life clinical experience at local health care facilities.
Respiratory Care Practitioners work with other health care professionals to treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. This may include the use of medical gases, medications, aerosols, lung drainage, ventilatory support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, airway management, respiratory disease management and diagnostic testing.
The track meets Respiratory Care Practitioner licensure requirements of Washington state, and is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Upon completion of the B.A.S. program, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Practitioner Exam given by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
B.A.S. degree in Allied Health—Respiratory Care—180 credits
- Students begin the Respiratory Care track in spring quarter only; prerequisites can start any quarter.
- Becoming a Respiratory Care Practitioner might be a good fit if you enjoy science and are interested in helping patients with heart / lung disorders. Practitioners work under the direction of a physician as part of a health care team.
- Areas of study include human anatomy, physiology, applied microbiology, chemistry and a wide array of courses in respiratory care.
- Respiratory Care Practitioners generally work in acute care hospitals, sub–acute and skilled nursing facilities, medical clinics, research, rehabilitation facilities and home health care. They also may choose to work in education and sales.
- By 2016, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 23 percent increase in employment for Respiratory Care Practitioners.