About the Profession

The field of Respiratory care is an allied health profession that promotes health and improvement in the cardiopulmonary function of people with heart and lung abnormalities and disease. Newborn, pediatric, adult, and elderly patients are treated for a wide range of problems--infant respiratory distress syndrome, trauma, cardiopulmonary arrest, conditions brought on by shock, post-operative surgical complications, and respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.

The respiratory care practitioner is a member of the health-care team in medical centers, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient rehabilitation programs, physician offices, and in-home care. 

Many are involved in research and development of innovative care and equipment. They are effective communicators and compassionate caregivers possessing an awareness of cultural sensitivity and diversity. They have leadership roles in patient education, wellness intervention, and development of respiratory care plans. Respiratory care professionals apply critical thinking skills in cardiopulmonary diagnostics and patient assessment to optimize decision making and delivery of patient care. In a time of high technology, increasing growth of the elderly population, and increasing numbers of patients with asthma and chronic lung disease, there is a greater demand for educated, skilled respiratory care practitioners.

Advances in respiratory medicine, technology, and changes in healthcare 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. Graduates need better critical thinking and problem solving skills and stronger verbal and written communication skills as well as computer literacy.

Program Options

Loma Linda University School of Allied Health offers several program options in the field of Respiratory care.

  • Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care An entry-level bachelor's degree is for those students entering without a previous respiratory care degree.
  • Post-professional Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care The post-professional bachelor's degree is for practicing respiratory therapists with a previous AS degree in respiratory therapy who want to continue their education and obtain a bachelor of science in respiratory care.
  • Master of Science in Respiratory Care: The MSRC program is for individuals who wants to pursue graduate work in the field of cardiopulmonary sciences.
  • Polysomnography Certificate: The polysomnography certificate is for individuals who are interested in the field of sleep medicine. If you are interested in becoming a respiratory therapist and sleep therapist/technologist, please contact us and we will set up the right program for you!




Program Accreditation Information

  • Only the Entry Level Bachelor of Science Respiratory care program accreditation is provided by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas, 76021-4244. www.coarc.com.  The Advanced Practitioner- Respiratory Care Bachelor of Science degree advancement program is not CoARC accredited.
  • Additional Accreditation Information and Programmatic Outcomes Data  is provided by CoARC @ https://www.coarc.com/Accreditation.aspx

Contact Us

To set up an advising appointment or to ask questions regarding respiratory care,
Email our office at studycardio@llu.edu or call 909-558-4932.

Loma Linda University
Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Nichol Hall Room 1926
Loma Linda CA 92350