Medical Image of LungsBachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Care

You can now earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Respiratory Care from Highline College. If you are a registered respiratory therapist, you may qualify for this new degree program. The program will expand your skills and knowledge with courses to help you in your career.


Don’t Think You Have the Time?

Highline offers online classes combined with minimal on-campus classes and meetings to work around your busy schedule.

Besides helping you be more valuable in your current job, the BAS curriculum is designed to assist in your personal and professional growth, develop and strengthen your leadership abilities and increase your chances for promotion opportunities. Individuals with the BAS degree are also able to apply to many graduate schools at the master’s degree level.

Here are just some of the course topics:

  • Research evaluation
  • Ethical studies
  • Education principles
  • Advanced writing
  • Project management
  • Advanced adult/pediatric/community care
  • Innovative leadership principles and practices

Longtime Industry Partnerships

Highline’s Respiratory Care program has grown during the past 45 years to become highly regarded by the local medical community. Faculty members work closely with Medical Centers in the Seattle/Tacoma area, including Harborview Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Highline’s advisory committee members come from throughout the Puget Sound Region. They work with faculty to ensure the curriculum is up to date and provides you with the best possible learning opportunities.

Top-Notch Faculty and Accreditation

Highline’s AAS in Respiratory Care is highly regarded in the field. The program has long held special endorsement from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The BAS degree builds on this strong foundation, ensuring students like you receive a relevant, timely education. We expect the BAS program to receive the strong campus and community support that Highline’s two-year AAS program has received for the past 45 years.

In 2012, the program’s coordinator was honored with an award named in his honor— the Robert A. Bonner Award for Outstanding Professional Service—from the Respiratory Care Society of Washington.

Did You Know?

 Demand Is Growing

There’s a growing need for respiratory therapists who provide critical outpatient support. Between 2012 and 2022, EMSI* estimates respiratory therapy jobs will grow 22.6 percent, from 920 to 1,128, in King and Pierce Counties.

 Highline Is Leading

Highline is the first to offer a four-year degree in respiratory care in Washington state. Highline’s Respiratory Care program has run continuously since it admitted its first class in 1967. The program has received Candidate-Level accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. With this new BAS degree opportunity, we at Highline expect BAS program graduates to be prepared to assume leadership positions in the Respiratory Care profession.

 Open to All

Highline welcomes all graduates from regionally accredited Respiratory Care programs to apply to its new BAS degree program.

*Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) is a subscription service that provides high-quality employment data, economic analysis and comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities.

Get Started

You qualify to apply for Highline’s BAS degree program if you have a degree in Respiratory Care from a regionally accredited college, and RRT designation from the National Board for Respiratory Care.


Program Curriculum Nicki Bly (206) 592-3677
Baccalaureate Education Director Tanya Powers (206) 592-3662

Mission Statement

To develop the respiratory care practitioner’s professional leadership and patient care skill sets in preparation for the health care needs of a global society through the use of an online learning environment that explores scientific research, effective communication and problem solving.