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.

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 #CourseHoursCredits
AH100Professional Development453
BL121Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology Theory453
BL121LEssentials of Anatomy & Physiology Lab301
HB300Medical Terminology Basics301
MTH202Algebra & Mathematical Functions453

Semester 2

Course #CourseHoursCredits
BL130Cardiopulmonary A&453
IHS-101Integrated Health Sciences453
ENG101English Composition453

Semester 3

Course #CourseHoursCredits
RC104Respiratory Care Pharmacology 453
RC102Respiratory Care Practice and Procedures I 453
RCL102Respiratory Care Lab I602
RCC102Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum I902

Semester 4

Course #CourseHoursCredits
RC106Respiratory Care Pathology302
RC107Mechanical Vent (P&P II)453
RC109Cardiopulmonary Testing (ABG/PFt)453
RCL107Respiratory Care Lab II602
RCC110Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum II1804

Semester 5

Course #CourseHoursCredits
PS301Critical Thinking302
RC216Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings302
RC211Neonatal/Pediatric RC (P&P III)453
RCL211Respiratory Care Lab III602
RCC214Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum III2255

Semester 6

Course #CourseHoursCredits
RC215Advanced Mech. Ventilation (P&P IV)453
RC219Comprehensive Final Review/Exit Exams602
RCL217Respiratory Care Lab IV/Skill Review903
RCC218Respiratory Care Clinical Practicum IV2706

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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