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Respiratory Care- Advanced Practitioner

Respiratory Care Advanced Practitioner - Bachelor of Science

Your Bachelor of Science degree can be obtained in as little as one year!  The advanced practitioner Bachelor of Science program is now offered in both Online and Face-to-Face option!!

Please note: This degree is for Respiratory Therapists with a previous AS degree in Respiratory Therapy who would like to continue on in pursuit of their Bachelor of Science degree.  This degree program is tailored for the working professional. 

About the degree:

Advances in respiratory medicine, technology, and changes in health care have created a need for better educated respiratory care practitioners with diverse abilities. Job analysis research by the National Board for Respiratory Care reveals that employers now expect higher skill levels from respiratory education program graduates.

The Advanced Practitioner-Bachelor of Science in respiratory care program seeks to graduate individuals with advanced knowledge and skills in the respiratory care profession including assessment, therapeutic interventions, and management of patients with cardiopulmonary related disorders. This one-year full-time program combines classroom learning with advanced specialty clinical experiences to achieve this goal.

Program Resources

Requirements/ Prerequisites

Subspecialty: Polysomnography Certificate (Sleep Studies)

Students can also take courses from the polysomnography certificate program  to be counted as electives and earn a university certificate in polysomnography along with the advanced practitioner bachelors degree. 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.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to:

  • Apply fundamental and advanced adult, pediatric, and neonatal respiratory care concepts and treatment plans in the area of pathophysiology, diagnostics and advanced interventions, gas exchange therapy, medical gas therapy, medical gas therapy, airway care, and ventilatory support systems (invasive and non-invasive).
  • Apply problem-solving skills in the areas of advanced pulmonary physiology, related diagnostics, and comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
  • Perform fundamental and advanced patient assessment and diagnostic skills for various cardiopulmonary diseases.
  • Develop fundamental skills to conduct and interpret research in the health care arena.
  • Develop fundamental skills in leadership.
  • Develop fundamental skills in topic presentation to the health care profession and patient care community using appropriate lecture and demonstration techniques.
  • Develop advanced practitioner competency in specialty cardiopulmonary care areas of the student's choice (subject to availability).
  • Enter graduate-level programs.

Please contact us if you have any questions!



Alan Alipoon, BS, RCP, RRT

Program Director, 


909-558-4932, Ext. 86674

Email: aalipoon@llu.edu

Loma Linda University
Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences

Nichol Hall Room 1926
Loma Linda CA 92350