Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

Pursue Your Calling to Save and Improve Lives

Are you called to a career in respiratory care? Samford University’s respiratory care program is designed to cultivate the mind to discover knowledge and rightly apply it to save and improve the lives of others. You will gain skills through practical experience that leads to many specialization options. The demand for respiratory therapists has never been higher and continued growth in biomedical technology ensures future growth and innovation in the field. Now’s the time to begin your path to a career in respiratory care.

Our four-year curriculum is built on a faith-based foundation of high quality instruction. Coursework focuses on equipping you to handle diverse challenges and be adept at making decisions to lead and serve effectively. We use interprofessional education experiences with students and faculty from other health care disciplines for workplace preparedness and our clinical partners offer a variety of clinical exposure that is unmatched by other programs.

Why Samford?+

  • Highly educated and experienced faculty who are readily available to you
  • Diverse clinical rotations in major health care facilities throughout the Birmingham metropolitan area
  • Departmental academic adviser and health professions adviser
  • Medical mission trip opportunities
  • Modern curriculum that keeps pace with the changing health care needs and advances.

Admission Requirements+

Prospective students must apply for admission to Samford University.

Program-specific requirements

Progression policy—In order to progress in the B.S. in respiratory care program, the student must:

  • Have a completed Health Data Record (with all required immunizations) updated annually and on file in the cardiopulmonary sciences department
  • Submit negative results on drug screen and background check
  • Have a signed HIPAA statement on file
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above on all college coursework.
  • Complete the following courses with a minimum letter grade of “B” prior to starting respiratory care coursework
    • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
    • Anatomy (4 credits)
    • Physiology (4 credits)
    • Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
  • Complete the following courses with a minimum letter grade of “B” before the second semester of respiratory care coursework
    • Physics with lab (4 credits)
    • Statistics (3 credits)

We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.

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Graduates are prepared to sit for specialty national board exams and apply for state licensure to practice as a respiratory therapist. Respiratory care graduates can also pursue advanced degrees such as professional doctoral and medical doctor degrees.

Goal 1. To prepare graduates 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).

  1. Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as respiratory therapists.
  2. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as respiratory therapists.
  3. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as respiratory therapists.

Goal 2. To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

  1. Upon completion of the program the students will be successfully integrated into leadership roles in respiratory care such as supervisors, managers, directors, and clinical specialists in the areas of adult critical care, pediatric critical care, neonatal critical care, pulmonary function technology and cardiopulmonary diagnostics, polysomnography, pulmonary rehabilitation, and disease management.

In addition to these competency goals, the program seeks to:

  • Prepare respiratory therapists for clinical practice.
  • Provide leadership training in the areas of management, supervision, education and research.
  • Develop clinical specialists in the areas of adult critical care, pediatric critical care, neonatal critical care, pulmonary function technology and cardiopulmonary diagnostics, polysomnography, pulmonary rehabilitation, disease management, and other clinical areas, as needed.
  • Prepare future faculty for college and university-based respiratory care educational programs.
  • Develop individuals who can formulate appropriate questions, organize and test hypotheses, and apply research results to the practice of respiratory care.
  • Prepare clinical practitioners with knowledge and skills in basic and clinical sciences.
  • Prepare leaders, who are able to plan, develop, and deliver high quality, cost-effective health care services.
  • Equip graduates to be independent learners who are able to fulfill their spiritual vocation in their professional occupation.


Samford University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Samford University Respiratory Care program, B.S. and M.S. degrees, CoARC program numbers 210620 and 200620 respectively, in Birmingham, AL, hold Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Continuing Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program. 

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

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