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What does a Respiratory Therapist do?

The Respiratory Care program prepares graduates to be competent in the delivery of therapeutic procedures in acute care settings, in performing diagnostic procedures and in performing rehabilitation therapeutic procedures. The program also prepares graduates to assist physicians in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary disorders, providing emergency cardiopulmonary care in the emergency room and implementing therapist driven protocols in the practice of Respiratory Care.

How long is the program?

The Respiratory Care program is a 2-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program. The course of study for the Respiratory Therapist program is comprised of six semesters including the summer months.

Is the program full-time and are any courses offered at night or weekend?

Yes, the program is Monday – Friday usually 8am to 5p for the Spring entry in January with the exception of the clinical/practicum courses that are 12hr shifts scheduled from 7am to 7pm or 7pm to 7am. The Summer entry in June is an evening program the classes begin at 5p usually lasting 5 to 6hrs each night with the exception to the clinical/practicum day which will also be a 12hr shift. The 6th and last semester will include 2 days of clinical.

When does the program begin and what is the application period?

The Respiratory Care program accepts new students in the Spring and in the Summer of every year. The application period for the Spring entry is open from April 16th to Nov 15th for a January start date and the Summer application period is open from Nov. 16th to April 15th for a June start date. The Required HSRT (Health Science Reasoning Test) will be open at the testing center for Respiratory from Oct. 1st to Nov. 15th. For the Spring Application period and  from Mar. 1st to Apr. 15th for the Summer Application period.

What are the pre-requisites?

A letter grade of "C+" (2.5 GPA) is required for the following courses:

ENGL 1301 (Comp & Rhetoric) and BIOL 2401 (Anatomy & Physiology I)

With a cumulative GPA of a letter grade "C" or (2.0 GPA)

All applicants must have completed a college level math course of MATH 0309 or a higher level math course to be eligible for the program.

**Students must furnish official documentation verifying that LSCS Student Success Initiative (SSI) requirements have been met even if student is exempt from Texas Success Initiative (TSI). This means that student must be at college level in reading and writing and must complete or test above the MATH 0308 level. For additional information contact Health Science Academic Counselor/Professor Suann Hereford, Ph.D. at (281)312-1410 or email Suann.L.Hereford@lonestar.edu.

**Please note: The program only accepts credit from another accredited higher learning institution if they use the same requirements for admission as Lone Star College.

What is the approximate cost of the program?

The estimated cost for the 2-year program is approximately $6,000 to $9000. This includes books, tuition, lab fees, and other supplies. The range in cost depends on whether the student is an in-district or out-of-district resident. Please see the link online under Program Costs for details.

How do I apply?

If you are not currently a Lonestar College Student you must first apply to the college and submit all of your transcripts so that they are on file already and evaluated. See explanation and admissions process.  http://www.lonestar.edu/transfer-into-lsc.htm.

Once you have completed this step you may apply for the program online. http://wwappskc.lonestar.edu/cgi/resp/resp-form.cfm there will be an essay to complete as part of the online application. Applicant must complete the Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT) before application will be considered, please make note of the HSRT available dates. The test must be taken on the Kingwood Campus in the testing center in the SCC Bldg. You may register for the test http://www.lonestar.edu/16675.htm or you may be a walk-in, please note that you must be there 2 hours before closing for any computer test. Please see the above link for testing centers hours of operation.

Applications must be submitted by the application period deadline. Please submit the following information: to Monique King, Health Occupations Specialist in the HSB Bldg Ste 118 you may hand deliver or email required documents to Monique.R.King@lonestar.edu. Please Complete, Print, Sign and Date the following: Your Online Application and the Respiratory Therapist Applicant Checklist.

Do I need to complete immunizations or CPR to apply?

No, Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified of when the immunizations and CPR courses need to be taken.  Please see the Pre-Admission requirements online under the Additional Respiratory Care Requirements link.

Background Checks

**Area facilities are now requiring all health care students to have a background check and possibly a drug screen prior to clinical rotations. Students cannot begin or continue their studies until the background check process is satisfactorily cleared. The student is responsible for working with the background check company to clear up any reporting discrepancies prior to enrolling in the program.

What if there is a problem with my background check?

The applicant must contact the Texas Medical Board of Respiratory Care Certification to determine your licensure eligibility. A letter from them is required when you apply to the program.

  • Customer Service Phone: (512) 305-7030 (Outside Texas)
  • Customer Service Phone: (800) 248-4062 (Texas only)
  • Customer Service E-mail: verifcic@tmb.state.tx.us

How many students apply each year and how many get accepted?

The RSPT program is a highly competitive program. Admission is limited to 24 students.
The selection process consists of applicants being ranked & selected by the RSPT Admissions Committee based on the following criteria: Scoring of all academic courses on applicants transcripts (see attached score sheet for details), Completion of previous degrees, HSRT score and Applicants Essay explaining why they would like to become a Respiratory Therapist.

How much money do graduates of the program make?

The Respiratory Therapist program prepares graduates for the Credentialing Examinations from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care). The program is fully accredited by the CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care). Areas for employment of Respiratory Care professionals include: acute care hospitals, sub-acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, hyperbaric medicine, home-care facilities and physician offices. Graduates earn based on the national median salaries ranging from $62,291 with an average wage of $30.00/hr. The median salary for a registered respiratory therapist in the Houston area is $62,665.00.

**Please visit our website www.lonestar.edu and select Kingwood College at the top of the page, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Respiratory Care for more detailed information.

If you have further questions please don’t hesitate to contact RSPT Director Kenny McCowen at 281-312-1608 or send email to Kenny.P.McCowen@lonestar.edu.