Respiratory Therapy

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
ENGL102 College Composition I (Accuplacer) 3 0 3
MATHxxx Mathematics Elective (Accuplacer) 4 0 4
SCI201 Anatomy and Physiology I (High School Chemistry or ISVC030). 3 3 4
RSPT110 Basics of Respiratory Care I
(SCI201, RSPT121)
2 3 3
RSPT121 Respiratory Physiology
(RSPT110, SCI201)
3 0 3
RSPT132 Pulmonary Evaluation I
(RSPT110, RSPT121)
1 0 1
Spring Semester (year 1)
HUMAxxx Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
SCI202 Anatomy and Physiology II
3 3 4
RSPT122 Basics of Respiratory Care II
(SCI201, RSPT110, RSPT121)
2 3 3
RSPT228 Cardiopulmonary Disease I
(RSPT110, RSPT121)
3 1 4
RSPT140 Respiratory Care Pharmacology I (RSPT122, RSPT132) 3 0 3
Summer Semester (year 1)
RSPT115 Microbiology for Respiratory Care (Online)
1 0 1
RSPT191 Clinical Lab 1
0 0 4
Fall Semester (year 2)
SOSCxxx Social Science Elective 3 0 3
RSPT211 Critical Care Respiratory Therapy (RSPT191) 2 3 3
RSPT229 Cardiopulmonary Disease II
3 1 4
RSPT233 Pulmonary Evaluation II
2 0 2
RSPT280 Clinical Lab II
(RSPT211, RSPT226, RSPT233)
0 0 4
Spring Semester (year 2)
ENGLxxx English Elective (ENGL102) 3 0 3
RSPT213 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
2 0 2
RSPT219 Advanced Care Seminar
1 0 1
RSPT282 Clinical Lab III
(All Previous RT Courses, RSPT213, RSPT219)
0 0 8

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 hospital's emergency  team, protecting the airway and adjusting life support equipment.

Working under the supervision of a physician, 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 and childhood lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis and upper airway infections.

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) after two years of study.

Admission requirements:

The Respiratory Therapy application process is competitive. Applications must be complete at the latest by June 1st of each year. 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 on June 1st. If the class still has seats remaining, a final review of applications will take place  by August 1st.

Applicants are advised that criminal background checks are required by many clinical sites, state licensing agencies, and employers. Please consult with program faculty if you have any questions or concerns regarding background checks.

Students must pass all Respiratory Therapy courses with a grade of "C" or better to progress in the program.

The River Valley Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is fully accredited by the  Commission on Accreditation of Repiratory Care (CoARC) and has full accreditation through 2017. Comittee on Accreditation for Respiratory care (CoARC) 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford Texas 76021-4244. (817) 283-2835


*Affiliation sites are subject to availability. 



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