Abdullah K. Alismail
Director of clinical education
Paul M. Casillas
N. Lennard Specht
Loma Linda University offers two Bachelor of Science degree curricula in respiratory care therapy. The entry-level curriculum is ideal for students who have met the program prerequisites but have not previously completed a respiratory care program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The postprofessional B.S. degree 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.
For its commitment to excellence through high-quality education, evidence-based medicine, and patient safety, the B.S. in respiratory care entry-level program has received the American Association for Respiratory Care APEX Educational Award for 2021-2022—the first program to receive this award in the state of California as well as the West Coast of the U.S. Students in the program are eligible and encouraged to join the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Information about AARC may be found at the website: https://www.aarc.org/.
Loma Linda University is a chapter of the Lamda Beta Society, the national honor society for the respiratory care profession. Students who rank in the top 25 percent in their program are eligible to be nominated as a member. Information on the nomination process may be found at the website: https://www.lambdabeta.org/membership-information/.
Loma Linda University is an institutional member of the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE). A listing of CoBGRTE institutional members may be found at the website: http://www.cobgrte.org/institutionalmembers.html.
The two-year, upper-division curriculum leading to the bachelor of science degree is a sequence of professional coursework intended to prepare competent respiratory therapists with advanced abilities in clinical care. Coursework may be designed toward meeting entrance requirements for the dentistry, medicine, and physician assistant programs.
Those electing to study on a part-time basis must complete their junior and senior years within a four-year period.
In addition to the stated institutional learning outcomes, the respiratory care graduate should be able to:
Graduates of CoARC-accredited respiratory care programs must apply to the state of California Department of Consumer Affairs Respiratory Care Board (RCB) for licenses to practice in the state. The RCB requires that graduates of respiratory care programs complete general and respiratory care education courses with grades of C or above—resulting in a minimum of an Associate in Science degree in respiratory care. Graduates must successfully complete an examination for licensure, declare any felony convictions, and undergo fingerprinting. License denial may occur due to prior criminal conviction(s). Inquiries regarding the RCB may be directed to 3750 Rosin Court, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95834; telephone: 916/999-2190; fax: 916/263-7311; or website: www.rcb.ca.gov or via email: RCBinfo@dca.ca.gov.
The NBRC provides nationally recognized credentialing examinations for graduates of accredited respiratory care programs. Those who successfully complete the therapist multiple choice examination and the advanced clinical simulation examination receive the RRT credential. Additional advanced practitioner examinations are required for the adult critical care specialist (ACCS) credential, neonatal-pediatric specialist (NPS) certification, certified (CPFT) and registered (RPFT) pulmonary function technologist, and sleep disorders specialty (SDS) credentials. The RRT credential is required by the state of California for licensure to practice respiratory care. NBRC inquiries may be made to 10801 Mastin Street, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66210; telephone: 913/895-4900; fax: 913/712-9283; or website: www.nbrc.org.
Respiratory Care Program accreditation is provided by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Standards and guidelines published by CoARC must be met, and should be relevant to general and respiratory care education and ongoing program assessment and improvement. The Respiratory Care (entry level) B.S. Program at Loma Linda University is CoARC-accredited. Inquiries regarding CoARC can be directed to 264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN 37690; telephone, 817/283-2835; or website: http://www.coarc.com/.
Admission to the entry-level Bachelor of Science degree program in respiratory care is open for Autumn Quarter each year. In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:
A minimum of 78 degree transferable quarter units (52 semester units) per program director approval or hold an A.S. degree.
Complete the subject requirements noted as prerequisites.
Arrange for an interview at the University by appointment (an off-campus or telephone interview can be arranged for the distant applicant).
Complete a minimum four hour observation/interaction with a respiratory therapist. This may be scheduled following the interview.
Listed below are the admission and prerequisite requirements listed in general education domain order. A maximum of 105 quarter or 70 semester units (didactic only) from an accredited junior college will be accepted as transfer credit.
(completed during enrollment at LLU)
Units must be selected from at least three of the following content areas: civilization/history, art, literature, language, philosophy, religion, or general humanities electives. A minimum of 3 quarter units in an area are required to meet a "content area."
For total unit requirements for graduation, see LLU General Education Requirements.
Electives as needed to meet the minimum total degree requirements of 192 quarter units
Students are required to have an up-to-date laptop that runs Windows or Mac OS to bring to class. All program materials, including quizzes, assignments, and exams, are completed electronically through our learning management system.
|AHCJ 326||Fundamentals of Health Care||2|
|AHCJ 328||Wholeness Portfolio I||0|
|HLCS 241||Medical Terminology||2|
|RSTH 304||Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology||4|
|RSTH 331||Pharmacology I||2|
|RSTH 334||Patient Assessment||2|
|RSTH 341||Respiratory Therapy Science I||5|
|AHCJ 328||Wholeness Portfolio I||0|
|AHCJ 402||Pathology I||4|
|RSTH 332||Pharmacology II||2|
|RSTH 342||Respiratory Therapy Science II||5|
|RSTH 366||Diagnostic Techniques||3|
|RSTH 381||Cardiopulmonary Diseases I||2|
|RSTH 391||Respiratory Care Practicum I||2|
|AHCJ 305||Infectious Disease and the Health-Care Provider||1|
|AHCJ 3283||Wholeness Portfolio I||1|
|AHCJ 403||Pathology II||3|
|RELE 4571||Christian Ethics and Health Care||2|
|RSTH 323||Pulmonary Function Methodology||3|
|RSTH 343||Respiratory Therapy Science III||4|
|RSTH 382||Cardiopulmonary Diseases II||2|
|RSTH 392||Respiratory Care Practicum II||2|
|RSTH 316||12-Lead ECG Interpretation||2|
|RSTH 393||Respiratory Care Practicum III||5|
|RSTH 404||Critical Care||4|
|RELT 406||Adventist Beliefs and Life||3|
|AHCJ 465||Seminars in Leadership||2|
|AHCJ 498||Wholeness Portfolio II||0|
|AHRM 471||Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I||3|
|RSTH 354||Case Studies in Adult Respiratory Care||2|
|RSTH 421||Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care||2|
|RSTH 434||Advanced Patient Assessment||2|
|RSTH 441||Respiratory Therapy Science IV||3|
|RSTH 494||Respiratory Care Practicum IV||3|
|AHCJ 498||Wholeness Portfolio II||0|
|AHRM 472||Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II||3|
|RELR 4751||Whole Person Care||2|
|RSTH 422||Advanced Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care||2|
|RSTH 424||Exercise Physiology and Pulmonary Rehabilitation||3|
|RSTH 444||Case Studies in Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care||2|
|RSTH 466||Advanced Diagnostic Techniques||2|
|RSTH 495||Respiratory Care Practicum V||2|
|AHCJ 498||Wholeness Portfolio II||1|
|RELT 4162||God and Human Suffering||2|
|RSTH 435||Professional Development in Respiratory Care||1|
|RSTH 464||Case Management and Health Promotion in Respiratory Care||2|
|RSTH 471||Instructional Techniques I||2|
|RSTH 496||Respiratory Care Practicum VI||3|
May substitute with another course of the same prefix and level.
May substitute with any REL_ course of the same level
Fulfills service learning requirement
A minimum of 192 quarter units is required for the entry-level Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory care.
Four (4) years overall with two (2) years (seven  academic quarters) at LLU based on full-time enrollment