Respiratory Therapy

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
ENGL102R College Composition (Accuplacer) 3 0 3
MATHxxxR Mathematics Elective (Accuplacer) 4 0 4
SCI201R Anatomy and Physiology I (High School Chemistry or ISVC030). 3 3 4
RSPT110R Respiratory Care I
(SCI201, RSPT121)
3 2 4
RSPT121R Respiratory Physiology
(RSPT110, SCI201)
3 0 3
RSPT132R Pulmonary Evaluation I
  (RSPT110, RSPT121)
1 0 1
Spring Semester (year 1)
HUMAxxxR Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
SCI202R Anatomy and Physiology II
3 3 4
RSPT122R Respiratory Care II
(SCI201, RSPT110, RSPT121)
2 3 3
RSPT228R Cardiopulmonary Disease I
(RSPT110, RSPT121)
3 1 4
RSPT140R Respiratory Care Pharmacology I (RSPT122, RSPT132) 3 0 3
Summer Semester (year 1)
RSPT115R Microbiology for Respiratory Care (Online)
1 0 1
RSPT191 Clinical Lab 1
0 0 4
Fall Semester (year 2)
SOSCxxxR Social Science Elective 3 0 3
RSPT211R Critical Care Respiratory Therapy (RSPT191) 2 3 3
RSPT229R Cardiopulmonary Disease II
3 1 4
RSPT240R EKGs for Healthcare Providers
3 0 3
RSPT280R Clinical Lab II
(RSPT211, RSPT226, RSPT233)
0 0 4
Spring Semester (year 2)
ENGLxxxR English Elective (ENGL102) 3 0 3
RSPT213R Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
3 0 3
RSPT219R Advanced Care Seminar
1 0 1
RSPT282R Clinical Lab III
(All Previous RT Courses, RSPT213, RSPT219)
0 0 4

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses.

Associate in Science Degree

(Day Program)

Respiratory therapists are health care specialists who evaluate, test and treat people with breathing disorders.  They are also a vital member of the hospitals’ emergency team, protecting the airway and adjusting life support equipment.

Working under the supervision of a physician, and alongside other health care professionals, the Respiratory therapist will use oxygen, medications and various procedures to help the lungs to function adequately.  Some disorders that Respiratory Therapists treat include: asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, lung injuries, cystic fibrosis, and bronchitis.  Therapists can be found in all areas of acute care hospitals as well as long term care facilities and in homecare settings.

The program combines both classroom and laboratory study at the College, along with supervised clinical affiliations in area hospitals.* The program is designed to prepare the student to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). 

Admission requirements:

The Respiratory therapy application process is competitive.  Applications must be completed at the latest by June 1st. The class will be chosen in 2 stages. Early admissions will be examined and scored on March 1st and part of the class will be chosen at this time.  The remaining class seats will be chosen by June 1st.  If the class still has seats remaining, a final review and selection will take place by August 1st. All applicants not selected that year will be advised and placed on a waiting list for the following year.

Special requirements:

 Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering there program.  RT students are required to keep pace with the class and must take courses in sequential mode where required (please refer to the Respiratory curriculum design). Students must meet technical standards and additional requirements including immunizations, CPR certification, liability and health insurance and a Criminal/Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check.

All courses in there RT program require a grade of “C” or better, in order to progress through there curriculum. All RT courses are based on a 7-point scale (C= 80).  There Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education works with each student to assign appropriate clinical sites.  Clinical assignments depend on the availability of clinical sites, and students may be required to travel long distances.  A car is required for personal transportation to all clinical education experience assignments.

All courses in the RT program must be successfully completed within 3 years unless special permission has been obtained from the program director to continue a fourth year.

Technical standards:

             The technical standards for applicant/students in there RT program include motor, sensory, communication, behavior and critical thinking skills reflective of reasonable expectations for performance of common Respiratory Therapy functions.

There Respiratory Therapy program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC) and has full accreditation through 2017. Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC). 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021-4255   (817) 283-2835. 


*Affiliation sites are subject to availability. 



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