Skyline College in San Bruno, Calif will begin offering a four-year baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy as early as next year. The school was one of 12 community colleges across the state that received approval on March 16, 2015 from the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for licenses to participate in a pilot program.

Raymond Hernandez, dean of the school’s science, math and technology division, said the threshold for finding entry level work in respiratory therapy is shifting toward requiring a baccalaureate degree, a step up from an associate of science degree, so the college’s decision is in line with prerequisites for students trying to find a job in the medical field.