Respiratory Care Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Respiratory Care Technology program?

The Respiratory Care Technology program is a sequenced learning experience offering classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences relevant to the practice of state-of-the-art respiratory care. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are prepared for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

What I will learn?

You will learn content and clinical practice experiences that are designed to sequentially develop, apply, critically analyze, integrate, synthesize and evaluate concepts and theories in the performance of respiratory care procedures. Through structured, sequential, competency-based clinical assignments, concepts of team practice, patient-centered clinical practice, and professional development are discussed, examined, and evaluated.

What's special about the program?

Respiratory Care involves the assessment and therapeutic management of patients diagnosed with cardiopulmonary disease. Practitioners perform procedures involving the administration of oxygen and medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, varied breathing treatments, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, diagnostic lung function testing, and patient/family education.

What can I do with this course of study?

Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

Would you like to find out more about the Respiratory Care Technology program?  Please visit one of our info sessions. Upcoming dates can be found on the school calendar


Application deadline: March 1st, 2020 - June 1st, 2020.

Successful completion of all exams entitles you to graduate with the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)


Accreditation, Certification, Licensure and Information


The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Contact information for CoARC is 777 Cannon Drive, P.O., Box 54876 Hurst, TX 76054 or by phone at (817) 283-2835.  Information is also available online at  

Certification and Licensure:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the board examinations provided by The National Board for Respiratory Care. At least a Certified Registered Therapist (CRT) credential is required before applying for the state license through the Texas Medical Board. A state license is required to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in the state of Texas.

Note: Certification and licensure are separate mechanisms.

In addition to the national CRT & RRT credentials, there is credentialing at the state level through the Texas Medical Board. Practitioners must apply for the state credential of a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). Please contact the Texas Medical Board by phone at (512) 305-7010 for more information. 


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Admission and Prerequisite Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Students applying to the Respiratory Care Technology Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance into St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Division. These requirements include the following:

Complete Apply Texas application
St. Philip's College admission requirements
Healthcare Sciences & Early Childhood Department admission requirements

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Prerequisite Requirements:

All students must complete the following academic prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.8 or higher:

ENGL 1301 Composition I
MATH 1314 College Algebra
BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology

Those students desiring to continue their education in a university-based Respiratory Care Program (B.S.) should enroll in BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 in lieu of the BIOL 2404 requirement for St. Philip's College.

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Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Applications for the Respiratory Care Technology Program are accepted between March 1st and June 1st of each year. Those students submitting a complete application on or before the deadline date (June 1st) will be given priority for acceptance. Students submitting an application on or before deadline date but requiring additional semester(s) (Spring/Summer) to complete prerequisite course(s) cannot be guaranteed acceptance if enrollment capacity is met prior to completion of their prerequisite course(s).

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Application Check List:

  • Apply to St.Philip's College with official transcripts for transfer credit
  • Identify St. Phillip's College as the home school and Respiratory Care Technology as the Major

Respiratory Packet Checklist:

  • Application
  • Essay- "Why I have chosen the Respiratory Care Profession"
  • TEAS Exam- Allied Health Exam
  • All officail Transcripts- Program requires a copy in addition to the college
  • Any Additional items- examples found on the scoring sheet
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Selection Process:

Prospective students submitting an application to the Respiratory Care Technology Program will be selected based upon certain criteria.

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Christa Mitchell, MBA, BSRC, RRT-AE
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330E