Advanced Practitioner Respiratory Care (Postprofessional) — B.S.

Program director
David Lopez

Loma Linda University offers two Bachelor of Science degree curricula in respiratory care. The advanced practitioner respiratory care curriculum is for students who have an Associate in Science degree in respiratory care from a CoARC-accredited respiratory care program and who wish to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory care.  Pending approval by WSCUC, plans have been made to also offer this program online.  The start date will be determined once approval is obtained.

The one-year, upper division program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is a sequence of professional course work intended to graduate individuals who have acquired advanced knowledge in the respiratory care profession, including assessment, therapeutic interventions, and management of patients with cardiopulmonary-related disorders; and who uphold the mission and goals of the School of Allied Health Professions. The program is offered in two modalities: face-to-face and online. *See online distance education section.

Program goals

The goals of the curriculum are to:

  1. Provide therapists to the respiratory care and medical communities who have advanced practice training in cardiopulmonary care and fundamental knowledge in the areas of leadership and education.
  2. Provide an undergraduate program for two-year-level respiratory therapists that enhances and broadens their knowledge in cardiopulmonary health-care sciences and general studies, and allows progression into graduate programs.

Program objectives

Upon completion of the curriculum, the graduate should:

  1. Apply fundamental and advanced adult, pediatric, and neonatal respiratory care concepts and treatment plans in the areas of pathophysiology, diagnostics and advanced interventions, gas exchange therapy, medical gas therapy, airway care, and ventilatory support systems (invasive and noninvasive).
  2. Apply problem-solving skills in the areas of advanced pulmonary physiology, related diagnostics, and comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
  3. Perform fundamental and advanced patient assessment and diagnostic skills for various cardiopulmonary diseases.
  4. Develop fundamental skills to conduct and interpret research in the health-care arena.
  5. Develop fundamental skills in leadership.
  6. Develop fundamental skills in topic presentation to the health-care profession and patient-care community—using appropriate lecture and demonstration techniques.

Program outcomes

In addition to the stated institutional learning outcomes, the postprofessional respiratory care student is expected to meet the following curriculum learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in respiratory care.
  2. Demonstrate advanced leadership skills.
  3. Demonstrate critical-thinking skills in respiratory care practice.

Online distance education option

The applicant may choose an online option for the advanced practitioner B.S. degree in respiratory care.  Please select the online option during the application process.  For applicants from outside the state of California, please check the list of states that have authorized Loma Linda University online students to ensure that students from your state are eligible before proceeding with the application.

Advanced practitioner respiratory care—B.S. (postprofessional/clinical track)

The clinical track of the Advanced Practitioner Respiratory Care Program is open only to students who completed the Loma Linda University entry-level Bachelor of Science degree program in respiratory care in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This program was designed to meet the requirements of the new Saudi Arabian regulations, as decreed by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate of a CoARC-approved or provisionally approved, or CoARC-approved advanced practitioner associate degree (or the equivalent) program in respiratory care;
  • Complete the subject requirements noted as prerequisites (students who have not completed these requirements may be accepted on a provisional basis); and,
  • Arrange for an interview at the University by appointment (an off-campus interview can usually be arranged for the distant student).


Humanities—20 units minimum (choose minimum of three areas: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation, or art/music history)

Included in this minimum, 4 units of religion per year of attendance at a Seventh-day Adventist college or university

Natural sciences—Human anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence; or general biology with laboratory, complete sequence; or general zoology with laboratory, complete sequence

Microbiology with laboratory

Introductory chemistry with laboratory or general chemistry with laboratory

High school-level physics; or introductory physics, one quarter/semester in college; or general physics, one quarter/semester in college

Two years of high school mathematics with grades of C or above or intermediate algebra in college

Social Science—General psychology or sociology

Cultural anthropology or an approved course dealing with cultural diversity

Select 4 more quarter units from sociology, psychology, economics, geography, political science

Communication—English composition, complete sequence


Health and Wellness—Personal health or nutrition

Two physical activity courses


To meet the bachelor of science degree requirement of 192 quarter units, students may select electives with the approval of the program director, from the following options:

For total unit requirements for graduation, LLU General Education Requirements.

Subspecialty: Polysomnography Certificate (Sleep Studies)

Students can take courses from the polysomnography certificate program to be counted as electives and earn a university certificate in polysomnography along the way. Total units offered/available by the polysomnography program are 27 units. Students can either choose selected courses or take the whole certificate as a subspecialty. To earn the certificate, student must apply to the polysomnography program and obtain approval from both program directors.

Other option:

The senior project is a culminating body of work, developed by the student in consultation with the program director and presented to the department faculty. Work may be a research paper, clinical presentation, management project, or other project approved by the program director. In addition, other cardiopulmonary courses within the department can be obtained as electives as well. 

Postprofessional (on campus and online)

Senior Year
Autumn QuarterUnits
AHCJ 328Wholeness Portfolio I0
AHCJ 465Seminars in Leadership2
AHCJ 498Wholeness Portfolio II0
AHRM 471Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
RELT 406, 423, or 436Adventist Beliefs and Life2
RELE 4__ Upper-division religion 2
RSTH 301Advanced Respiratory Therapy Science I3
RSTH 434Advanced Patient Assessment2
RSTH 431Senior Project I4
Winter Quarter
AHCJ 328Wholeness Portfolio I0
AHCJ 402Pathology I4
AHCJ 498Wholeness Portfolio II0
AHRM 472Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
RSTH 401Cardiopulmonary Intensive Care2-4
RSTH 424Exercise Physiology and Pulmonary Rehabilitation3
RSTH 431Senior Project I4
RSTH 466Advanced Diagnostic Techniques2
RSTH 485Evidenced-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care4
Spring Quarter
AHCJ 328Wholeness Portfolio I1
AHCJ 403Pathology II3
AHCJ 498Wholeness Portfolio II1
EMMC 315Cardiology3
EMMC 31612-Lead ECG Interpretation2
RELE 4__ Upper-division ethics2
RSTH 401Cardiopulmonary Intensive Care2
RSTH 432Senior Project II4
RSTH 486Evidenced-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care II4
Summer Quarter
RSTH 315 or 422Pediatric Perinatal Respiratory Care2
RSTH 433Senior Project III4
RSTH 451Respiratory Care Affiliation I2
RSTH 471Instructional Techniques I2
RSTH 487Evidenced-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care III4
RELE 4__ Upper-division religion 
 Total Units: 76

Normal time to complete the program

4 years — 1 year [4 academic quarters] at LLU based on full-time enrollment

Postprofessional/Clinical track

Senior Year
Autumn QuarterUnits
RELE 4__ Upper-division ethics2
REL_ 4__ Upper-division religion elective 
RSTH 301Advanced Respiratory Therapy Science I3
RSTH 451Respiratory Care Affiliation I2
RSTH 462Management Practicum II3
RSTH 491Education Practicum I3
Winter Quarter
RSTH 431Senior Project I4
RSTH 452Respiratory Care Affiliation II4
RSTH 463Management Practicum III3
RSTH 485Evidenced-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care4
RSTH 492Education Practicum II3
Spring Quarter
RSTH 401Cardiopulmonary Intensive Care2
RSTH 432Senior Project II4
RSTH 453Respiratory Care Affiliation III4
RSTH 486Evidenced-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care II4
RSTH 493Education Practicum III3
Summer Quarter
RELE 4__2
RSTH 411Advanced Cardiac Life Support2
RSTH 433Senior Project III4
RSTH 454Respiratory Care Affiliation IV5
RSTH 487Evidenced-Based Medicine in Respiratory Care III4
 Total Units: 65

Normal time to complete the program

4 years — 1 year (4 academic quarters) at LLU based on full-time enrollment