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2024-25 Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2024-25 Catalog

Respiratory Therapy, BAS

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This program is designed for licensed and registered respiratory therapists who have completed an Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy from an accredited (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care; CoARC) program and wish to continue their education and obtain a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Students will receive 5 to 25 Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits for Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) and current state licensure. This program provides a student centered on-line learning environment meant to enhance career opportunities. The students will engage in self-directed learning activities and gain specialized knowledge utilizing critical thinking, personal inquiry and reflective practice.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from an accredited respiratory care program (Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  • Hold a current respiratory therapy license in any state
  • Hold a current credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Respiratory Therapy degree and all other required pre-requisite courses must be completed at a “C” level or better.
  • Meet PCC admissions criteria

Program Requirements

  • The Bachelor’s in Applied Science Degree consists of 120 credit hours with the transfer of AAS and general studies courses.
  • General studies courses take as AAS: (19 credit hours)
  • RCA specific coursework taken as part of AAS in Colorado (54.5 credit hours)
  • Additional 300/400 level courses earned through PCC (BAS RT – 28 credit hours)
  • A total of 30 credits in general education between the AAS and BAS degree with a minimum of 15 credits in GT pathway designation. Including possible block transfer/Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for Respiratory Therapy AAS degree, NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist and current state licensure.
  • Any remaining credit hours can be earned through electives if necessary.
  • Transferring students from outside the CCCS system will have transcripts evaluated for meeting admissions requirements

Total Credits: 120

Respiratory Therapy-Degree Transfer Credits

Respiratory Therapy, AAS  


1 Courses taught in the first 8 weeks of the semester

2 Courses taught in the second 8 weeks of the semester

3 GT Pathway courses can be found in the College Catalog

4 Also offered spring semester

5 Also offered fall semester

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