BS in Respiratory Care

Respiratory care professionals treat patients who exhibit a range of diverse health issues including asthma, pneumonia, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer as well as those who are having respiratory problems related to trauma, strokes, heart attacks, and premature birth.

Through classroom, laboratory and diverse clinical site practicum, students develop the necessary health care knowledge, bedside skills and problem-solving abilities to serve the health needs of patients from newborns to the elderly. They are prepared to manage both acute and chronic diseases that affect the cardiopulmonary system as well as trauma, sub-acute disease, and public health issues from asthma to tuberculosis.


The Respiratory Care Program is an entry-level degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and registered with New York State Department of Education (NYSED), that prepares graduates to take the national board examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Training emphasizing comprehension, patient skills, problem-solving abilities, and advanced clinical knowledge provide the foundation for a variety of career paths in the Respiratory Care profession.

The BS in Respiratory Care at LIU Brooklyn (#200205) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes based' process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

CoARC outcomes data can be found on the CoARC Programmatic Outcomes website: Programmatic Outcomes Data - CoARC - Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Additional program information about the Respiratory Care Program can be found in the Student Handbook

Admissions Requirements


  • High School and transfer students must begin the application process through the Office of Admissions.
  • LIU students with GPA and math/science grades meeting requirements only require a change of major at any time during their university career.
  • Applications to the professional phase course work must be completed not later than June 1st of the year prior to the start of the professional courses.
  • LIU students who require second summer session course(s) for Respiratory Care prerequisite(s) will be placed on a waiting list until the grades are posted.
  • Transfer students enrolling in the program's full-time course of study must have all pre-requisite courses completed by July 6th for admission into the professional Respiratory Care courses each Fall.


Pre-requisite courses required for both LIU students and transfer students with either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree:

 Course   LIU Nomenclature 
 Lab Required
Microbiology   BIO 101 Yes 4
Human Anatomy  BIO 137 or 131 Yes 4
Human Physiology  BIO 138 or 132 Yes 4
Chemistry  CHE 1 or 2 Yes 4
Physics or
PHY 20, 27, 30, or 31
CHE 2 or 4
Yes 4
Algebra  MTH 15 or 16 N/A 3
Biology BIO 1 or 3  Yes 4
Biology  BIO 2 or 4 Yes 4

Course Sequence

Freshman Year

Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
OS 1 - Orientation Seminar 1 COS 50 - Core Seminar or Eng 17 3
BIO 3 4 BIO 4 4
CHE 3X – Chemistry 4 PHI 61/62 – Philosophy 3
MAT 15/16 - Mathematics (Pre-Calculus) 4 MAT 100 - Mathematics (Statistic) or PSY 150 (Statistics) 3
ENG 16 - English 3 PSY 3 - Psychology 3
SPE 3 - Speech 3    
Total 19 Total 16

Sophomore Year

Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
BIO 101 - Micro-Biology 3 BIO 132 - Human Physiology 3
BIO 131 - Human Anatomy 4 PHY 20 - Physics or CHM 4X/4 4
HIS 1 - History 3 ENG 61-64 - English Literature (Choose 1) 3
ENG 61-64 - English Literature (Choose 1) 3 HIS 2 - History 3
(ANT, SOC OR ECO) - Social Science 3 PHI 61/62 - Philosophy 3
Total 16 Total 16

Junior Year

Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
RC 101 Cardiopulmonary Physiology I 3 RC 200 Cardiopulmonary Pathology 3
RC 105 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostic Testing  3 RC 204 Methods of Community Health Education  3
RC 109 Clinical Experience I 3 RC 210 Clinical Experience II 3
RC 112 Theory and Practice of Respiratory Care I  5 RC 213 Theory/Practice of Respiratory Care II 4

RC 214 Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology 3
Total 14 Total 16

Senior Year

Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
RC 208 Research Design and Methodology  3 RC 302 Evidence-Based Practice in Respiratory Care  3
RC 212 Case Management in Clinical Practice  3 RC 330 Clinical Experience IV 6
RC 225 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care  3 RC 331 Principles to Practice in Respiratory Care 3
RC 229 Clinical Experience III 6 RC 304 Ethical and Legal Practice in Health Administration  3
Total 15 Total 15

Degree Requirements

Continued enrollment in this program is contingent upon:

  • A 2.5 grade-point average for acceptance into the Professional Phase of the program. (Grades below a C+ are not acceptable in prerequisite science and mathematics courses; neither are such grades acceptable in Professional Phase courses).
  • A 2.75 grade-point average each semester and maintaining of at least a C+ in all courses throughout the Professional Phase.

Respiratory Care courses being taken in the required sequence, however, matriculated students are permitted to take professional Respiratory Care courses part-time, and must complete all professional courses within three (3) academic years.

Credentialing Requirements

Graduates of a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) program who are 18 years or older are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). If a candidate achieves the low cut score, he or she will earn the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential. If a candidate achieves the high cut score, he or she will earn the CRT credential AND become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). Once the candidate passes the CSE, a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential will be awarded.

Service Learning

Contribute to the well being of the community while earning practical experience through the Brenda Pillors Athsma Education Program and the LIU Brooklyn Health and Wellness Institute.

Why Study Respiratory Care at LIU Brooklyn?

  • Ours is the only Baccalaureate respiratory care program in the NY-Metro area.
  • A recipient of the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award for over five years! This award is given to programs with RRT credentialing success of 90% or above and meeting the established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, retention, on-time graduation rate, and overall employer and graduate satisfaction.
  • With the most health care programs in the region, you'll build interdisciplinary skills that will help you excel in a wide variety of professional environments.


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