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Respiratory Care Therapist AAS Degree

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The course of study for a respiratory therapist is a 66 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 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.

Licensure – Employment in this field requires federal licensure from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

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General Guidelines

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.

Program Admission Requirements

For additional Respiratory Care Program admission requirements, please read the additional respiratory care program requirements.


Clinical/Practicum courses in the 2nd year of the AAS Program are twelve hours and may be scheduled 7:00am-7:00pm or 7:00pm-7:00am at the discretion of the Program.

For the Evening Program the lecture/lab classes are scheduled 5:00pm-10:00pm initially M-TH, but the clinic/practicum courses are either 7:00am-3:00pm or 3:00pm-11:00pm in the first year one day a week.

Semesters 4 and 5 are 7:00am-7:00pm or 7:00pm–7:00am one day a week, and two days a week in Semester 6 from 7:00am-7:00pm or 7:00pm–7:00am, at the program’s discretion.

Program Accreditation

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/).

First Year

Prerequisite Courses 10 Credits
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
First Semester Courses 12 Credits
RSPT 1429 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I 4
RSPT 1207 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 2
RSPT 1166 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1
RSPT 1213 Basic Respiratory Care Pharmacology 2
Second Semester Courses 13 Credits
RSPT 1160 Clinical Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1
RSPT 1411 Respiratory Care Procedures II 4
RSPT 1431 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II 4
RSPT 1325 Respiratory Care Sciences 3
Third Semester Courses 12 Credits
RSPT 1167 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1
RSPT 2414 Mechanical Ventilation 4
RSPT 2325 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4

Second Year

First Semester Courses 6 Credits
RSPT 2353 Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care 3
RSPT 2166 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 1
RSPT 2210 Cardiopulmonary Disease 2
Second Semester Courses 11 Credits
RSPT 2260 Clinical Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 2
RSPT 2143 Research in Respiratory Care 1
Elective Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, & Culture Elective 3
RSPT 2139 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
RSPT 2130 Respiratory Care Examiniation Preparation 1
BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology 4
Second Semester Courses 8 Credits
RSPT 2366 Practicum Respiratory Care Therapy1 3
RSPT 2231 Simulations in Respiratory Care 3
Respiratory Care Therapist AAS Degree Program Total 66 Credits


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Career Options

Median wage: $59,0021

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Respiratory Therapist2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

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