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Respiratory Therapy

Be the breath of life for your patients.

Respiratory therapists work with patients of all ages to evaluate, monitor, and treat breathing disorders and cardiovascular problems, such as asthma and emphysema. This may include administering oxygen, measuring lung function, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation in emergencies, or managing mechanical ventilators.

As a respiratory therapist, you'll work under the direction of a physician in this growing field. You'll find employment in a variety of settings, including: acute/critical care hospitals, extended care facilities, outpatient clinics, private physicians' offices, home care companies, sleep studies, pulmonary function testing and equipment sales. 

photo of respiratory therapy patientProgram Description

The 2-year Respiratory Therapy program leads to an Associate in Applied Sciences degree, Respiratory Therapy (PDF). Program graduates are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to earn certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). This enables students to become eligible to take the Clinical Simulation to earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) www.coarc.com, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244. Telephone: 817.283.2835.

CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

Health Sciences Program Overview

There are a variety of ways to work in the health care industry. TCC is fortunate to offer a number of educational programs in Health Sciences that might be of interest. In order to assist prospective students in fully understanding their training options, we encourage attendance at the Health Sciences Program Overview Information Session.

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Learn More about Respiratory Therapy

In order to better assist students in understanding Respiratory Therapy, and to understand the important steps in applying to the Respiratory Therapy program, we expect prospective students to review the information below.


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