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Allied Health Sciences, B.S. - Respiratory Care emphasis

Respiratory therapists provide direct patient care for those who have trouble breathing, which can range from premature infants with underdeveloped lungs, children and adolescents with asthma and other respiratory problems, to elderly patients with lung disease. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from conditions such as heart attacks, drowning, or trauma. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physician offices, sleep labs and home care settings.

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Program Overview

The Allied Health Sciences (AHS) - respiratory care emphasis bachelor's degree program is a secondary admission program conducted in collaboration with Muskegon Community College's (MCC) fully accredited program in respiratory care. Priority given to applications submitted March 15 for fall acceptance. Minimum criteria:

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of BIO 120, CHM 109, MTH 110. PSY 101 recommended.
  • Refer to the website for additional criteria.

Already a graduate of a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) associate degree respiratory therapy (care) program? Ask about the bachelor's degree completion program.

Why Study Respiratory Care at Grand Valley?

  • Respiratory care classes are generally 20 - 25 students.
  • The opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Respiratory Care while simultaneously working to obtain a bachelor's degree.
  • All bachelor's degree courses are taught by tenure track or adjunct faculty members who meet the highest levels of professional standards.
  • The College of Health Professions maintains a dedicated staff of academic advisors in its Student Services Office to meet the academic advising needs of its students.

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For More Information

College of Health Professions Allied Health Sciences
500 Lafayette Ave. NE, Suite 106
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 331-5555

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Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies on the GVSU Health Campus, near the Grand Rapids Medical Mile.



Students pursuing this degree will need to follow the GVSU-MCC curriculum guidelines for this emphasis, including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Ethical and Legal Responsibilities in Health Care
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Care Research
  • Issues in Health Professions
  • Statistics

Career Options

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that ten of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health care related. The projected percent change in employment for respiratory therapists through 2024 is 12%. The expanding role of respiratory therapists and the aging population will in turn lead to an increased demand for respiratory care services and treatments.

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.