respiratory care studentsSkyline College launched the new Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Degree program on August 8, 2016.  This pilot program is one of 15 approved in the state of California.  The program will allow current students and recent graduates a pathway to complete a four-year degree without having to transfer and licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCP) to return for degree completion. This bachelor’s degree offers students a greater ability to advance into management and leadership roles within the profession, to conduct research, and to become educators.

The cohort is comprised of 33 students.  They are a mixture of new graduates continuing on from our associate degree program, new graduates from other associate degree programs, and current practitioners from the Respiratory Care community.

The cohort will take courses over seven terms.  Each term includes two courses delivered in hybrid format over nine weeks.  Students will complete coursework online and meet on campus each Saturday.  Faculty teach synergistically from the paired courses weaving content together and provided a rich teaching and learning environment. The first cohort will complete the program and receive their bachelor degree in May 2018.

Please extend a warm welcome to our first cohort, the Class of 2018. Thank you to all involved who made this first cohort launch possible.

Article by Ijaz Ahmed and Ray Hernandez