School of Health Careers

Respiratory Care

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Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care

Angelina College’s two-year program will provide a learning environment that ensures high levels of respiratory care competence and confidence in patient care skills, critical thinking, and clinical judgment. Students will gain hands-on experience in a variety of settings that include acute/post-acute adult critical care, medical/surgical floor, neonatal intensive care unit, high-risk delivery room settings, many different diagnostic settings, and our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Where they will learn to diagnose lung/breathing disorders and recommend treatments, manage ventilators and artificial airway devices, respond to code blues, consult with physicians to recommend changes in therapy and analyze arterial blood gas specimens to manage therapy. The student will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care that will qualify them to sit for their national board examinations. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

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Career Outlook

In the deep east Texas region, the entry annual salary range for a respiratory therapist is more than $47,000* and the median annual salary in the deep east Texas region is more than $60,000*.

*National Center for O*Net Development. Retrieved September 2023 from

Contact Us

3500 South First Street
Lufkin, TX 75901

Program Director: Mary Jennifer Jones
(936) 633-5419

Clinical Director: Mistie Hargis

Admin Assistants:

Daphne Shepherd
(936) 671-7348

Terry Scott
(936) 633-5265

School of Health Careers Dean
Winifred Ferguson Adams
(936) 633-5266
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Why AC for Respiratory Care?

Commitment to Excellence

Learn from a distinguished faculty with extensive experience in a program accredited by CoARC and designed to meet the high standards set by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Leading Edge Technology

Immerse yourself in hands-on, simulated real-world experiences with ventilators and nebulizers at our cutting-edge Health Careers Respiratory Care Lab. This invaluable preparation will set the foundation for your clinical journey in hospitals.

Student Growth & Networking

Engage in community events, career fairs, hospital events, and seminars hosted by the Texas Society for Respiratory Care. Expand your horizons and connect with opportunities that will shape your future in respiratory care.

Additional Information

Respiratory Care Addendum 2020

CoARC Program Number is 200156.

Table of Initial Clinical Course Fees

We are commissioned by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

CoARC’s Main Webpage

CoARC’s Outcome Webpage

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Mailing Address

264 Precision Blvd. Telford, TN 37690

*National Center for O*Net Development. Retrieved September 2023 from

Recommended Course Sequence

Prerequisites    Credit Hours
STSU 0300  Student Success  0
RSPT 1201  Introduction to Respiratory Care  2
MATH 1332  Contemporary Math or Math 1314  3
BIOL 2401  Anatomy & Physiology I  4
BIOL 2402  Anatomy & Physiology II  4
ENGL 1301  Composition I  3
PSYC 2301  General Psychology  3
  Total Hours 19
First Year     
Fall Semester     
RSPT 1227  Applied Physics/Chemistry for Respiratory Care  2
RSPT 1340  Advanced Cardiopulmonary  3
RSPT 1410  Respiratory Care Procedures I  4
RSPT 1266  Respiratory Care Clinical – Practicum I  3
  Total Hours 11
Spring Semester     
RSPT 2210  Cardiopulmonary Disease  2
RSPT 2314  Mechanical Ventilation  3
RSPT 1411  Respiratory Care Procedures II  4
RSPT 1267  Respiratory Care Clinical – Practicum II  3
  Total Hours 11
Summer I Semester     
RSPT 2317  Respiratory Care Pharmacology  3
RSPT 2353  Neonatal Pedi Respiratory Care  3
RSPT 1261  Respiratory Care Clinical III  2
  Total Hours 8
Second Year     
Fall Semester     
RSPT 1137  Basic Dysrhythmia Interpretation  1
RSPT 2255  Critical Care Monitoring  2
RSPT 2325  Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics  3
RSPT 2266  Respiratory Care Clinical –Practicum IV  3
  Total Hours 8
Spring Semester     
RSPT 2231  Respiratory Care Simulations  2
RSPT 2230  Respiratory Care Exam Preparation  2
RSPT 2267  Respiratory Care Clinical – Practicum V  3
XXXX x3xx  Creative Arts Core   
  Choose from ARTS 1301, DRAM 1310, or MUSI 1306  3
  Total Hours 9
  Total Hours for Degree 66

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