Respiratory Care, Bachelor of Science

Respiratory Care, Bachelor of Science

Forest Park

The Bachelor of Science, Respiratory Care Program graduates students with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).  The program will prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

The first two years of pre-professional coursework consist of 60 credit hours of oral/written communication, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, and biomedical/natural science.  To be considered a "junior" in this program and start taking the professional respiratory care coursework, students must complete the following requirements:

  1. All pre-professional coursework has been completed with a "C" or higher grade.
  2. Pre-professional coursework overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Attend a mandatory respiratory care orientation.
  4. Additional requirements include a criminal background check, drug screen, immunizations, and CPR.  Detailed information on these requirements can be found in the Respiratory Care Handbook.

During the professional portion of the program, all RC courses in a semester must be taken at STLCC and passed with a "C" or higher in order to advance within the program.  Please consult the RC handbook for further information.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice and Clinical Simulation examinations offered through the National Board for Respiratory Care in order to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credential.  

The Respiratory Care Program (Program #210050) offering a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the Forest Park campus located at 5600 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, St. Louis Community College can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

The Respiratory Care Program (Program #210050) offering a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the Forest Park campus located at 5600 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, St. Louis Community College can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3
COM 107Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)3
or COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
COM 200Communication Between Cultures (MOTR SBSC 101)3
BIO 111Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4
BIO 207Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4
BIO 208Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 203General Microbiology I4
MTH 160Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
or MTH 160S Precalculus Algebra with Support (MOTR MATH 130)
MTH 180Introductory Statistics (MOTR MATH 110)3
or MTH 180S Introductory Statistics with Support (MOTR MATH 110)
PHL 109Bio-Medical Ethics3
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
CHM 101Fundamentals of Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 100L)5
or CHM 105 General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
CORE 42 Electives6
HIM 101Medical Terminology and Language3
Professional Coursework
RC 110Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology3
RC 125Fundamentals of Respiratory Care6
RC 135Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Lab2
RC 140Respiratory Pharmacology2
RC 300Clinical Practice I1
RC 150Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II4
RC 160Mechanical Ventilation I4
RC 180Cardiopulmonary Diseases3
RC 340Clinical Practice II1
RC 240Respiratory Care Specialties3
RC 310Neonatal Respiratory Care2
RC 380Clinical Practice III1
RC 320Pediatric Respiratory Care2
RC 330Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Lab1
RC 200Adult Critical Care3
RC 210Mechanical Ventilation II4
RC 400Clinical Practice IV2
RC 440Respiratory Care Capstone1
RC 410Respiratory Care Management3
RC 420Respiratory Care Research3
RC 430Health Education and Disease Management3
RC 450Clinical Practice V3
COM 117Health Communication3
Total Credit Hours120

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. assess the cardiopulmonary status of a patient and prescribed respiratory care.
  2. perform assessment, diagnostic, and therapeutic skills in a safe and effective manner.
  3. develop and modify respiratory care plans.
  4. apply the principles of professional and ethical behavior consistent with the expectations as a registered respiratory therapist.
  5. communicate patient information and respiratory care plans to physicians and other healthcare providers.
  6. educate patients to promote cardiopulmonary wellness and disease management.
  7. critique professional scientific literature.
  8. discuss leadership principles and problems as they relate to the management of a respiratory care department.

The Respiratory Care Program (Program #210050) offering a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the Forest Park campus located at 5600 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO is currently in the process of seeking CoARC accreditation for a respiratory care program. However, St. Louis Community College can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2023, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I (MOTR BIOL 100L)4Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
CORE 42 Elective3  
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
COM 107 Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
or Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
3Reading Proficiency
MTH 160 Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)
or Precalculus Algebra with Support (MOTR MATH 130)
3MTH 140 (or MTH 140S) with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test, and Reading Proficiency
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
HIM 101 Medical Terminology and Language3Reading Proficiency
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I (MOTR LIFS 150LAP)4BIO 111 with a minimum grade of "C" or CHM 101 with a minimum grade of "C", or course equivalency, and Reading Proficiency
CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 100L)
or General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)
5MTH 140S with a minimum grade of "C" or higher, or placement into MTH 140 or higher, and Reading Proficiency
BIO 203 General Microbiology I4BIO 111 with a minimum grade of "C"; or one year of high school biology and chemistry (with labs) within previous five years of registration date; or permission of the department chairperson of Biology and Reading Proficiency
CORE 42 Elective3  
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PHL 109 Bio-Medical Ethics3Reading Proficiency
MTH 180 Introductory Statistics (MOTR MATH 110)
or Introductory Statistics with Support (MOTR MATH 110)
3Satisfactory scores on placement test, and Reading Proficiency
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II4BIO 207 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
COM 200 Communication Between Cultures (MOTR SBSC 101)3Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours13
Third Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 110 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology3Admission to the AAS Respiratory Care or BS Respiratory Care Program, BIO 208 with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading Proficiency
RC 125 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care6Admission to the AAS Respiratory Care or BS Respiratory Care Program, BIO 208 with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading Proficiency
RC 135 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Lab2Admission to the AAS Respiratory Care or BS Respiratory Care Program, BIO 208 with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading Proficiency
RC 140 Respiratory Pharmacology2Concurrent or prior enrollment in RC 110 with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading Proficiency
RC 300 Clinical Practice I1Admission to the BSRC program, and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours14
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 150 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II4RC 110, RC 125, and RC 135 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
RC 160 Mechanical Ventilation I4RC 110, RC 125, and RC 135 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
RC 180 Cardiopulmonary Diseases3RC 125 and RC 140 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading Proficiency
RC 340 Clinical Practice II1RC 125, RC 135, RC 140, and RC 300 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
COM 117 Health Communication3Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours15
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 240 Respiratory Care Specialties3RC 180 with a grade of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 310 Neonatal Respiratory Care2RC 150, RC 160, RC 180 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 380 Clinical Practice III1RC 150, RC 160, RC 180, and RC 340 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours6
Fourth Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 320 Pediatric Respiratory Care2RC 310 and RC 380 with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 330 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Lab1RC 310 and RC 380 with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 200 Adult Critical Care3RC 180 with grade of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 210 Mechanical Ventilation II4RC 150, RC 160, and RC 180 with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 400 Clinical Practice IV2RC 310, RC 380, and RC 240 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
RC 410 Respiratory Care Management3RC 200, RC 210, RC 320, and RC 400 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 420 Respiratory Care Research3RC 200, RC 210, RC 320, and RC 400 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 430 Health Education and Disease Management3RC 200, RC 210, RC 320, and RC 400 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 440 Respiratory Care Capstone1RC 200, RC 210, RC 320, and RC 400 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
RC 450 Clinical Practice V3RC 200, RC 210, RC 330, RC 320, RC 400 all with grades of "C" or higher, and Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours13
Total Credit Hours120

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