Respiratory Care is an interpersonal process that is a direct and/or indirect service to people.
The respiratory care practitioner may perform activities, which range from assistance to the physician to the performance of many therapeutic and diagnostic modalities.
The respiratory care practitioner may work in a variety of settings which include hospitals, long-term care facilities, or in private practice.
The respiratory care program curriculum is a balance of general education and technical courses, as well as supervised clinical at area hospitals.
The curriculum provides the student an opportunity for educational development as well as occupational competence during the two year program.
As a respiratory care student you will approach respiratory care education as a continuous process which leads to a change in behavior. The program faculty fosters a creative and innovative approach to respiratory care establishing an atmosphere conducive to learning.
The faculty is committed to helping the student identify, establish and reach educational and personal goals. This occurs in a climate of mutual acceptance and respect of individual differences. The student is encouraged to question, discuss, and seek more knowledge.
Students entering the program will have reasonable opportunity for success. The program is designed to be skills oriented and emphasizes direct patient contact.
Upon successful completion of the curriculum, the student is granted an Associate in Applied Science Degree. This qualifies the graduate to write both the entry level, Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and advanced practitioner, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations. Eligibility to write these examinations is the function of the committee in Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
• Pass the TASP/THEA or Accuplacer test if TASP/THEA exempt.
• Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C.” (BIOL 2404, MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics, RSPT 1201 and a Fine Arts Elective)
• Submit completed application packet to secretary in Health Careers II building, room 128.
• Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
• ACCUPLACER scores or TASP/THEA scores
• Attend a mandatory Information Session
• Proof of GED or high school graduation
• Students must complete required health forms and submit them and the completed immunization records by August 1 each year for August consideration. Drug screening will be required after acceptance into the program at a designated time. All expenses related to these health requirements are the student’s responsibility.
• Prerequisite courses may only be taken twice. If a course is taken more than twice, only the second grade will be calculated in the cumulative GPA for the prerequisite courses.
• “Conditional Acceptance” will be base on cumulative GPA (on the prerequisite courses), negative drug screen and negative background check. The drug screen and background check must be negative to receive “full” acceptance into the program.
• Students must complete required health forms (which must be signed by appropriate medical personnel) and submit them and the completed immunization records as mandated by The Texas Department of State Health Services for health care workers. These immunizations must include; annual TB, Hepatitis B series (completed before clinical begins) ,as well as, Tetanus and Diphtheria booster (within past 10 years), and be turned in with the application packet by August 1 each year for August consideration. Drug screening and a background check (approximately $80) will be required after “conditional acceptance” into the program at a designated time. All expenses related to these health requirements are the student’s responsibility.
• Provide proof of a current 2 year American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card (The CPR course should be taken in June or July before Fall semester of intended “conditional admission”).
It is recommended that you purchase a student/personal health insurance plan (medical and hospitalization) if you are not covered by a group health insurance plan.
Required Core Curriculum
Communication (3 hours)
Associate Degree Curriculum
Summer Session I
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