2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 07, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Respiratory Care, A.A.S.

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This program prepares students for entry-level positions in respiratory care. Students work with patients in the treatment, management and control of problems and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. Graduates work closely with patients, doctors, and nurses to provide diagnostic testing, therapeutics, education, rehabilitation, monitoring, life support and other specialized methods of treatment. Clinical learning experiences are required of all students. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) Examination. After successful completion of this examination and application to the Respiratory Care Board, the graduate is also eligible for state licensure as a Certified Respiratory Therapist. Once licensed, graduates are eligible to take the Advanced Practitioner Examinations to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 (817)283-2835. Specific admission criteria for the program are outlined in the Registration & Records   section of this catalog. Separate policies exist for the Respiratory program including grading. These policies can be found in the Respiratory Therapy Student Handbook.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Assess, analyze, implement and evaluate respiratory care
  • Perform respiratory quality control activities
  • Apply basic principles of management in the care of groups of patients
  • Exhibit therapeutic communication skills
  • Incorporate ethical/legal considerations into the respiratory action plan
  • Practice as a member of a diverse interdisciplinary health care team
  • Continue personal and professional growth
  • Incorporate principles from the social sciences, biologic sciences and humanities into their practice
  • Practice within the limits and scope of a licensed respiratory therapist


Program Code for registration: SOCRC

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Suggested Sequence - Respiratory Care Program A.A.S. Degree

The following sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. This sequence is based on satisfaction of all Foundational Studies requirements and prerequisites and presumes a Fall Term start date. An individual’s program may vary depending on transfer institution, career objectives, or individual needs. See a counselor for other options and to monitor your progress. Students must satisfy specific requirements in order to be admitted to this program. See Admission to Health Science Programs, Registration & Records  section of this catalog.

The following degree requirement must be taken prior to admission to program:

Total credits: 17

Total credits: 16

Total credits: 16

Total credits: 17

Sequence Notes:

This degree may take longer than two years to complete. The above sequence is an example of how this degree can be completed in two years. Although not required to be taken prior to beginning the program, general education courses may be taken before starting clinical courses or during the summer terms.

(1) One course is recommended from the Cultural & Global Awareness  knowledge area.

Degree Audit Information

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Advanced Placement in Respiratory Therapy

Certified Respiratory Therapists and persons with previous experience in Respiratory Therapy may be eligible for Advanced Placement. Applicants for Advanced Placement must have met all criteria for Allied Health admission and have completed all program requirements in order to be eligible for graduation. The process and criteria for Advanced Placement are available by request from the Allied Health Office.

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