Program Overview

Respiratory Care is a two-year program that prepares students to administer respiratory care and life support to patients with breathing disorders and cardiopulmonary abnormalities. Most Respiratory Care Practitioners participate in three phases of patient care: diagnosis, treatment, and patient management.

Skyline College's Respiratory Care Program is accredited by:

Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Therapy (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Telephone: (817) 283-2835
Fax: (817) 354-8519
Fax to Email: (817) 510-1063

Licensure/Certification Eligibility Requirements:

California state licensure requires completion of a CoARC accredited Respiratory Care program, a minimum of an associate degree from a regionally accredited agency, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential, and a board approved law and ethics course. Visit the Respiratory Care Board of California website for more information

Students are admitted into the program once a year only, in the Fall semester. Special Respiratory Care application forms are available on the Respiratory Care College website. Applicants who have previously applied, and wish to reapply, must submit new applications. Approximately 25 students are admitted to the program each year. Selection is based on criteria approved by the Skyline College Administration and consistent with state regulations. For further information on the Respiratory Care Program, please call (650) 738-4457.

Prior to starting classes, students admitted to the program are required to complete a satisfactory physical examination, immunization documentation verifying freedom of communicable disease, a social security referenced background check, and a drug test.

Full-time registration is required, and all courses must be taken in sequence. Credit may be given for previous coursework. A minimum grade of C is required in all coursework. To determine specific General Education requirements, applicants are encouraged to contact the Counseling Department.

Admission to the Respiratory Care Program requires the following minimum entrance requirements:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent.
  2. Presently enrolled in or completed with a grade of C or better:
    • Algebra equivalent to MATH 110 or 112.
    • Chemistry equivalent to CHEM 192 or 410.
    • Human Anatomy equivalent to BIOL 250.
    • Medical Terminology equivalent to HSCI 484.
      (Note: Human Anatomy may be taken in the summer session preceding the program.)
  3. English: Eligibility for Skyline College ENGL 846 or equivalent.
For gainful employment information, see this program’s gainful employment website.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
RPTH 400 Patient & Health Care Concerns 1.5 units
RPTH 410 Introduction to Patient Care & Respiratory Assessment Techniques 3 units
RPTH 415 Respiratory Pharmacology 1.5 units
RPTH 420 Application of Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3 units
RPTH 430 Introduction to Respiratory Therapeutics 6 units
RPTH 438 Clinical Clerkship I 1 unit
RPTH 445 Respiratory Diseases I 2 units
RPTH 448 Clinical Clerkship II 2 units
RPTH 450 Respiratory Diseases II 3 units
RPTH 458 Clinical Clerkship III 6 units
RPTH 460 Respiratory Critical Care 3 units
RPTH 475 Hemodynamic Monitoring and Selected Topics in Respiratory Care 2 units
RPTH 480 Diagnostic Testing and Outpatient Respiratory Care 2 units
RPTH 485 Clinical Medicine Seminar 2 units
RPTH 488 Clinical Clerkship IV 6 units
RPTH 490 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2.5 units
RPTH 495 Respiratory Care Board Examination Preparation and Review 2 units
Plus Chemistry, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology and General Education/other requirements for the Associate degree (refer to Associate Degree Requirements). The College also offers a Certificate of Achievement for those graduates having a prior Associate or above degree
Total Required Major Units: 48.5

Plus Chemistry, Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology and required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.

NOTE: The College also offers a Certificate of Achievement for those graduates having a prior Associate or above degree