California College for Health Sciences (CCHS) is now

Same great history of healthcare education.
All new capabilities.

With more that 34 years of experience in quality healthcare education, California College for Health Sciences is now part of a university that represents your independent spirit. CCHS at Independence University is the first — and only — fully online university worldwide with accredited programs for respiratory therapy. This is why thousands of healthcare professionals all over the world choose Independence University to advance their careers.

What this means for you:

Independence University offers new services, programs and capabilities with the same excellence and fast-track educational advancement you've come to expect from a leader in distance education. You can start anytime and complete your degree as fast as you wish.

The Health Science Department of Independence University continues to meet the needs of busy professionals by offering new cutting-edge programs that are not offered at any other distance learning university. These new bachelor's degrees in Respiratory Care are available for Advanced Clinical Practice and Respiratory Care Management.

As we enter our 35th year of distance education, we're still here to help you advance your career with a higher degree and the ability to upgrade your credentials. Our educational offerings have expanded to include the following degree plans:




Medical Specialties     22 months
Respiratory Therapy     26 months


Health Services Management     38 months
Nursing     24 months
Respiratory Care with a Respiratory Care Management concentration     22 months
Respiratory Care with an Advanced Clinical Practice concentration     22 months


Healthcare Administration     15 months
Nursing Administration     15 months
Nursing Education     15 months
Public Health     16 months


Information Technology

Graphic Arts



Graphic Arts     15-20 months


Graphic Arts     30-36 months
Graphic Arts with an Information Design emphasis     30-36 months

For more information about Independence University, visit our website.

“Our mission has not changed, and we are commited to providing you with the educational tools and services you need to achieve your career goals. We believe you'll enjoy our new expanded capabilities and programs.”
Dale Bean
Director of
Educational Alliances

“I was able to continue working full-time while completing coursework-without disrupting my job and family life.”

B. Nesbit, Graduate
AS in Respiratory Therapy
“The new Advanced Clinical Practice concentration areas emphasize the expanding role of the practitioner in disease management, research, evidence-based medicine, health coaching, case management, clinical consulting, patient education, emergency response and preparedness, critical care medicine, as well as team leadership.”

Robert Vega, DM, RRT
Program Director

What's new:

The new BSRC program is designed to help you meet the new AARC 2015 Competency Guidelines and the challenges of the new national Affordable Care Act.