Respiratory care students train at Hartnell College. (Contributed)

SALINAS — Beginning in spring 2025, students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care, a significant milestone in Hartnell College’s 103-year history and a first in Monterey County. 

This program aims to expand on the college’s successful two-year associate degree program, providing students with advanced knowledge, skills and aptitude needed for the evolving field of respiratory care.

The 15-month Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree advancement program will encompass a comprehensive curriculum to foster excellence in leadership, education and advanced bedside professional practice. The online program will be offered over three semesters of full-time study, ensuring flexibility and accessibility for students.

Hartnell’s respiratory care program graduates have consistently achieved remarkable success, with high licensure exam pass rates and praiseworthy employability. The enactment of Senate Bill 850 in 2014 allowed community colleges to offer baccalaureate degrees, providing students with a cost-effective pathway to lucrative and in-demand careers.

“Pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Hartnell College will enable students to continue their education within a familiar environment while significantly reducing their financial burden,” the college stated in a news release Oct. 27.

The growing demand for respiratory therapists is evident in current workforce data, making Hartnell’s respiratory care program an “ideal choice for desiring professionals seeking to expand on an already meaningful and rewarding career,” according to the release.

The application window will open in fall 2024. Applicants must have completed an accredited respiratory care program and hold an associate degree from an accredited institution.

In addition, application requirements include a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential and an active license or eligibility for licensure.

The Hartnell College Respiratory Care Program expects to receive full approval this November.

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