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Respiratory Therapy

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)

MATH106R or MATH110R

Statistics I
Functions & Modeling I

4 0 4
RSPT110R Respiratory Care I 3 2 4
RSPT121R Respiratory Physiology
4 0 4
RSPT132R Pulmonary Evaluation I
  (RSPT110, RSPT121)
3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 1)
SCI202R Anatomy and Physiology II
3 3 4
RSPT122R Respiratory Care II
(SCI201, RSPT110, RSPT121, RSPT132)
3 0 3
RSPT228R Cardiopulmonary Disease I
(RSPT110, RSPT121)
4 0 4
RSPT140R Respiratory Care Pharmacology I (SCI201, RSPT110, RSPT121, RSPT132) 3 0 3
RSPT115R Microbiology for Respiratory Care (Online)
(RSPT121, SCI201)
2 0 2
Summer Semester (year 1)
RSPT191R Respiratory Practicum I (RSPT122R, RSPT132R) 0 0 4
ENGL102R College Composition (H.S. English) 3 0 3
SOSCxxxR Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Fall Semester (year 2)
RSPT211R Critical Care Respiratory Therapy (RSPT191) 3 0 3
RSPT229R Cardiopulmonary Disease II
4 0 4
RSPT281R Respiratory Practicum II
(RSPT191, RSPT211)
0 0 4
RSPT240R Advanced EKGs for Healthcare Providers
(Permission of Instructor)
3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 2)
HUMAxxxR Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
RSPT213R Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
3 0 3
RSPT219R Advanced Care Seminar
1 0 1
RSPT282R Respiratory Practicum III
(All Previous RT Courses, RSPT281)
0 0 4

Prerequisite & Co-requisites are listed in parentheses and with course descriptions.
Program of Study is subject to change.

Associate in Science Degree

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 home care 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 application process is competitive. The program can only accept 16 students each fall, so it is of benefit to apply and complete your application early. Students will be notified of decisions regarding acceptance once the application is complete.  Applicants may begin in any semester to take liberal arts courses that are required within the Respiratory Therapy program.

Special requirements:

Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the RT 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 all 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 the RT program require a grade of “C” or better, in order to progress through the curriculum. All RT courses are based on a 7-point scale (C= 80).  The 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 the RT program include motor, sensory, communication, behavior and critical thinking skills reflective of reasonable expectations for performance of common Respiratory Therapy functions.

The 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.  www.coarc.com





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