Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Care - BACHELOR'S DEGREE (BSRC)

Baccalaureate Degree Program


Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) provides students who already possess the associate degree and licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research and advanced clinical practice.

The BSRC allows students to accomplish their professional goals and prepare for advanced degrees without leaving the Antelope Valley, and at a fraction of the cost compared to other institutions offering bachelor’s degrees.

Why the BSRC?

Employers are placing greater demands on respiratory therapists (RTs), but many lack the necessary knowledge and skills to meet these demands. Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) are required to expand their knowledge, skills and critical thinking abilities beyond what is taught in an associate degree program. RCPs are being asked to take on more responsibilities than ever before, and employers are seeking those with additional skills and knowledge.

California Community College Baccalaureate Program Background:

In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 850, which permitted the California Community Colleges Board of Governors (BOG) to launch a pilot program of baccalaureate degrees in 15 California Community Colleges. Later in May 2015, the Board of Governors approved the Airframe Manufacturing Technology program proposed by Antelope Valley College, making AVC one of the first 15 California community colleges to offer a baccalaureate degree.

In October 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 927, which authorized the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to expand the statewide baccalaureate degree programs indefinitely. Solidifying the need for equitable, accessible, and affordable baccalaureate degrees.

Application Dates for Fall 2024 Admission:

  • May 6, 2024 - June 28, 2024
  • The deadline to apply is Friday, June 28, 2024, by 11:30 a.m.

What are the prerequisites for entrance to the BSRC Program:

  • Students must meet a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all college courses taken.
  • Complete lower division Respiratory Care coursework from a CoARC accredited program.
  • Be a licensed RRT or licensure eligible.

Students should complete all prerequisites by the end of the spring term, the year of enrollment intent. The program is limited to 30 students per year. Up to 24 spaces will be prioritized for the current year's graduating class, the remaining spaces will be prioritized by the following type of applicant: 

  1. Past Antelope Valley College Respiratory Care Graduates who wish to complete the BSRC program. 
  2. Graduates from other programs who have completed an accredited Respiratory Care program equivalent to an A.S. in Respiratory Care, are California licensure eligible and have completed 30 CSU GE breadth or IGETC (CSU or UC) lower division GE units and submitted all application materials. 

For the remaining spaces, if more applications are received than spaces are allowed, admission will be determined by the multi-screening criteria and priorities 1 & 2 as listed above. A waiting list of 10 students will be formed for the current enrollment period. The multi-screening criteria may be found in this page's Program Forms and Documents section.  

Submission of an application for enrollment form does not guarantee a student's admission to the program.

Application Process:

Admission to the Bachelor of Science Respiratory Care Program (BSRC) will be by special application. 

All students applying for enrollment in the BSRC program should follow these instructions. All required forms are available under the Program Forms and Documents section (bottom of page). 

  1. Complete the Application for Enrollment Form.
  2. Attach official college transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended, including Antelope Valley College. If you have Advance Placement (AP) credits, an official transcript must also be included. "Official" college transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope that has not been opened by the student. 

    • One set of transcripts is to be turned in with your application and one set must also be on file with the AVC transcript office.

    • For multi-screening criteria; consideration of prior degrees earned: appropriate degree name and conferral date must be listed on the official transcript.
  3. Attach a copy of your updated Education Plan completed by the listed AVC Counselor assigned to the BSRC program (see below).  Appointments should only be made with the assigned personnel listed below. Appointments can be made through email at or by calling (661) 722-6300 ext. 6338. Request to meet with the following Counselor: 
    • Nathasha Hong*
  4. Submit items 1 through 3 to the Career Technical Education division office, Enterprise Lab, Room 136. Items 1 through 4 are considered your "application packet". You may also mail your application packet to: Antelope Valley College, Attn: Rosie Heasley, 3041 W. Avenue K, Lancaster, CA 93536. Call (661) 722-6300 ext. 6882 for drop-off hours.

*Approved to evaluate transcripts from other institutions

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Program Cost:

Complete this degree for $8,000 or less! Financial aid and scholarships may be available for eligible students admitted to the BSRC Bachelor of Science Degree Program. For more information, please click here for a link to the financial aid department. 

Tuition fees per Education Code, Sections 76300 and 78042, are $46 per unit, plus $84 per unit for upper-division coursework. You may click on each of the section's codes for additional information. 

For more information regarding CCPG or FAFSA please visit this link:

Program Additional Notes:

  • Submission of an application for enrollment form does not guarantee a student's admission to the program.
  • Applications are accepted once a year during the designated application period only.
  • There is currently one track available - Junior Track (3rd & 4th Year - 2 years).
  • Classes are offered online. * 
  • Cohorts are admitted annually in the fall semester.
  • The program is limited to 30 students per year.

*BIOL 304 may require in-person testing.

Program Forms and Documents:

Contact Us: 

  • Office Location - Enterprise Lab (EL), Room 136
  • Telephone - (661) 722-6300 ext. 6882 - for Bachelor of Science Degree Program
  • Telephone - (661) 722-6300 ext. 6402 for Associate of Science Degree Program