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.

Degrees and Certificates

Respiratory Care Technology, A.A.S.

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)

 

Successful completion of all exams entitles you to graduate with the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Program Accreditation, Licensure and Information

Accreditation: 

The Respiratory Care Technology Program, 200423, AAS Degree Respiratory Care Technology, St. Philip's College, San Antonio, Texas, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and the program's outcome data can be found on the CoARC website at: www.coarc.com.

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

Licensure:

Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to sit for your board examinations provided by The National Board for Respiratory Care. At least a Certified Registered Therapist credential is required before a Respiratory Care Technology you can seek a state license through the Texas Medical Board to be eligible to practice in the State of Texas. Certifications and licensures 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 Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). You may contact the Texas Medical Board at (512) 305-7010.

Information:

Public Information on Programmatic Outcomes Data 

HECB Statutory Requirement

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 Health Sciences Division. These requirements include the following:

Complete Apply Texas application
St. Philip's College admission requirements
Healthcare Science & 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.

Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Applications for the Respiratory Care Technology Program are accepted between September 1st and June 1st t 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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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, BSRC, RRT-AE
cmitchell86@alamo.edu
210-486-2064
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330E