BAS in Allied Health
Respiratory Care

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About the Program

The Respiratory Care Track in the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Allied Health program combines classroom theory with practical, hands-on experience, preparing students to become members of dedicated healthcare teams that treat patients with cardiopulmonary (heart & lung) disorders.

Respiratory Care instructor and students working together

Career Opportunities

Due in part to a growing middle-aged and elderly population, the demand for respiratory therapists is expected to increase by 12% by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earning a bachelor's degree will help you be more competitive for jobs as a Respiratory Therapist and qualify you to work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Extended care facilities
  • In-home care providers
  • Rehabilitation
  • Emergency services

Pre–Physician Assistant Coursework

MEDEX NorthwestIf you are interested in a career as a Physician Assistant (PA), the pre-Physician Assistant option of the Respiratory Care program can help you meet the academic admissions requirements for the Physician Assistant master's degree at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine's MEDEX Northwest program.



The Seattle Central College Respiratory Care Track for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Allied Health program, CoARC Program #200344 in Seattle, Washington is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( View CoARC programmatic outcomes data.

Seattle Central College's Respiratory Care program is intended to meet the educational requirements for licensing/certification in the State of Washington only. Seattle Central College has not determined if the Respiratory Care curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensing/certification in any other state. Additional information about licensure/certification concerns can be found on the NC-SARA webpage. Please contact eLearning with any questions at

Gold quote Respiratory Care

My teachers showed me the kind of person I wanted to be when I went into the workforce.

Dixie Service, Respiratory Care alumna

Dixie Service, Respiratory Care alumna


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