Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy, Associate of Applied Science

If you’re interested in beginning a career as a Respiratory Therapist (RT), we invite you to develop your skills under the direct mentorship of a practicing physician. As a student of our Associate of Applied Science degree program, you will build the confidence and knowledge you need to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders such as asthma and emphysema. You will gain hands-on experience with real patients of all ages in conducting cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing, evaluating their need for respiratory care, and administering therapeutic treatments. Additionally, Respiratory Therapists care for patients on life support systems, where they initiate and manage mechanical ventilation.

Program Goals

Cognitive: Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate cognitive development consistent with entry level and advanced practitioners as delineated by the NBRC.

Psychomotor: Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate psychomotor skill development necessary to fulfill the role as Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioners.

Affective: Upon completion of the program, all graduates will demonstrate personal/professional behaviors and attitudes consistent with employee expectations for Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioners

Graduate Opportunities

The breadth of training offered in our RT degree program prepares graduates for a career in a variety of settings including:

  • Pediatric hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Physician offices
  • Pulmonary function laboratories
  • Home medical care companies
  • Ground and air medical ambulance transport services
  • Sleep study centers
  • Neonatal intensive care units

NBRC Certification

SLCHC graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the board examination series administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Respiratory Therapists, on the Internet at

Respiratory Therapy Application

Application For Admissions

Semester 1

Course # Course Hours Credits
AH100 Professional Development 45 3
BL121 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Theory 45 3
BL121L Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Lab 30 1
HB300 Medical Terminology Basics 30 1
PS101 Psychology 45 3
MTH202 Algebra & Mathematical Functions 45 3

Semester 2

Course # Course Hours Credits
BL130 Cardiopulmonary A& 45 3
IHS-101 Integrated Health Sciences 45 3
ENG101 English Composition 45 3
HC101 Ethics 45 3

Semester 3

Course # Course Hours Credits
EN150 Communications 45 3
RC104 Respiratory Care Pharmacology  45 3
RC102 Respiratory Care Practice and Procedures I  45 3
RCL102 Respiratory Care Lab I 60 2
RCC102 Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum I 90 2

Semester 4

Course # Course Hours Credits
RC106 Respiratory Care Pathology 30 2
RC107 Mechanical Vent (P&P II) 45 3
RC109 Cardiopulmonary Testing (ABG/PFt) 45 3
RCL107 Respiratory Care Lab II 60 2
RCC110 Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum II 180 4

Semester 5

Course # Course Hours Credits
PS301 Critical Thinking 30 2
RC216 Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings 30 2
RC211 Neonatal/Pediatric RC (P&P III) 45 3
RCL211 Respiratory Care Lab III 60 2
RCC214 Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum III 225 5

Semester 6

Course # Course Hours Credits
RC215 Advanced Mech. Ventilation (P&P IV) 45 3
RC219 Comprehensive Final Review/Exit Exams 60 2
RCL217 Respiratory Care Lab IV/Skill Review 90 3
RCC218 Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum IV 270 6

Program Accreditations

Full certification for the Respiratory Therapist program has been issued by:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

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