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 # 2 2 3
Spring Semester (year 1)
SCI202R Anatomy and Physiology II 3 3 4
RSPT122R Respiratory Care II 2 2 3
RSPT228R Cardiopulmonary Disease I 3 2 4
RSPT140R Respiratory Care Pharmacology I 3 0 3
RSPT115R Microbiology for Respiratory Care 2 0 2
Summer Semester (year 1)
RSPT191R Respiratory Practicum I 0 0 4
ENGL102R College Composition # 3 0 3
XXXXxxxR Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Fall Semester (year 2)
RSPT211R Critical Care Respiratory Therapy RSPT191 2 2 3
RSPT229R Cardiopulmonary Disease II 3 2 4
RSPT281R Respiratory Practicum II 0 0 4
RSPT240R Advanced EKGs for Healthcare Providers 3 0 3
Spring Semester (year 2)
XXXXxxxR Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
RSPT213R Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2 2 3
RSPT219R Advanced Care Seminar 0 0 1
RSPT282R Respiratory Practicum III 0 0 4

Prerequisite & Co-requisites required. 

See course descriptions.

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

For more information about this program, please contact Kevin Krawiec, M.Ed., RRT, RCP Respiratory Therapy Program Director at or 603-542-7744 x5414.

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 homecare settings.

The program goals are to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Admission requirements: 

  • Satisfy the general requirements for admission to the college.
  • Obtain credits in High School Algebra, English and Chemistry.
  • Interview with the Respiratory Therapy faculty.
  • College Anatomy & Physiology I (Pre- or co- requisite)
  • College Anatomy & Physiology may be taken either as a pre-requisite or co-requisite to the first RT semester.

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 following completion of the application. 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 High School requirements for consideration before entering the 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 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 Director 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 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC) and has full accreditation through 2026. Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC). 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021-4255 (817) 283-2835.

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