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The course of study for a respiratory therapist is a 65 credit-hour (six semesters) associate of applied science degree program. The respiratory care program prepares graduates for the credentialing examinations from the NBRC (National Board for Respiratory Care). The program is fully accredited by CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; Phone 817.283.2835; website http://www.coarc.com/). The respiratory care program prepares graduates to be competent in delivery of therapeutic procedures in acute care settings, in performing diagnostic procedures, and in performing rehabilitation therapeutic procedures.
The respiratory care program also prepares graduates to assist physicians in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary disorders, to provide emergency cardiopulmonary care in the emergency room, and to implement therapist driven protocols in the practice of respiratory care. Many clinical facilities will require students to successfully pass a background check and drug screen. 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.
Clinical/Practicum courses in the 2nd year of the AAS Program are twelve hours and may be scheduled 7AM-7PM or 7PM-7AM at the discretion of the Program. For the Evening Program the lecture/lab classes are scheduled 5-10PM initially M-TH, but the clinic/practicum courses are either 7AM-3PM or 3PM-11PM in the first year one day a week. Semesters 4 and 5 are 7AM-7PM or 7PM–7AM one day a week, and two days a week in Semester 6 from 7AM-7PM or 7PM–7AM, at the program’s discretion.
The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses. See LoneStar.edu/respiratory-care-requirements for additional program information.
Upon acceptance into the program, students must submit a record of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health. Criminal background checks may be required by clinical facilities. The background check will be processed through the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Completion of the respiratory care program does not guarantee eligibility to take the CRT exam administered by the NBRC or certification by the Texas Department of Health.
The Texas Department of Health Respiratory Care Certification will consider individuals with histories of convictions, mental illness and/or chemical dependency on an individual basis after review.
The respiratory care program accepts new students in the spring and fall of every year. Prerequisite courses must be completed one semester prior to the semester in which the student wishes to begin the program. In addition to the system admissions requirements, the following are requirements for the respiratory therapist program:
College eligibility information may be obtained from the counseling office 281.312.1604.
|RSPT1||1201||Intro to Respiratory Care||2|
|RSPT||1325||Respiratory Care Sciences||3|
|RSPT||1429||Respiratory Care Fundamentals I||4|
|RSPT||1213||Basic Respiratory Care Pharmacology||2|
|RSPT||1431||Respiratory Care Fundamentals II||4|
|BIOL||2401||Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|BIOL||2402||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||4|
TOTAL Credit Hours for First Year :
|RSPT||1241||Respiratory Home Care/Rehabilitation||2|
|BIOL||2420||Medical Microbiology OR||4|
|CHEM||1405||Introduction to Chemistry|
|RSPT1||2353||Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care||3|
|KINE||Any physical activity course||1|
|RSPT||2139||Advanced Cardiac Life Support||1|
|ENGL||1301||Composition & Rhetoric I||3|
TOTAL Credit Hours for Second Year :
TOTAL Credit Hours for
Note: Students must meet TSI requirements. See LoneStar.edu/TSI for details.