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NOTE: The application period has been extended. It will remain open until the cohort has been filled.
Modesto Junior College (MJC) is one of fifteen California Community Colleges that will offer a bachelor's program in the California Community College System. Beginning in fall 2017, MJC will offer a Respiratory Care Baccalaureate Degree Program to a beginning cohort of 40 students. The application period will be announced at a later date. A new cohort will begin every Fall through 2021.
The goal of the respiratory care bachelor's program is to increase the preparation and technical expertise of respiratory care practitioners. Program graduates will be prepared to serve in leadership roles, education roles, and case management roles related to patient care in the field of respiratory care. Students will acquire advanced knowledge and skills in neonatal, pediatric, and adult critical respiratory care; management skills in respiratory care settings; advanced clinical practice, teaching, and research skills to serve as members of multidisciplinary teams in patient education and disease management of acute and chronic illnesses and to contribute to the diverse field of respiratory care.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Respiratory Care Practitioners is expected to grow by 19% by 2022, due in part to the growth in the middle-aged and elderly population that often leads to increased respiratory conditions. According to the California Society of Respiratory Care, the industry is moving toward bachelor degree holding Respiratory Care Practitioners. The median hourly wage in Stanislaus County is $39.49/hour for respiratory care practitioners.
The MJC Respiratory Care Baccalaureate Degree Program will be delivered in an accelerated format. The required program courses (40 units), will be offered in an 8-week hybrid format with a combination of online and face-to-face classwork. Students will attend classes at MJC one night each week for the face-to-face portion of the course.
Program participants will be required to completed the 39 required California State University General Education (CSU-GE) units. If lower division coursework is necessary, advisement from the program counselor is available for developing an education plan.
Upper division courses for the baccalaureate degree will cost $130 per unit. An additional $217 per unit will be assessed for Non-California residents. The total estimated cost is approximately $10,000 less than a baccalaureate degree for a California resident from an average four-year university.
Phone: (209) 575-6343
Email: Respiratory Care
Bonnie Hunt, Ed.D., MPA, RRT
Respiratory Care Program Director
Respiratory Care Counselor