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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. 

At TCC, you'll acquire skills in reviewing and recording clinical patient data, performing respiratory therapeutic procedures, and providing for the comforts and needs of the patient during the procedures. Read more ...

Contact Greg Carter, Program Chair

photo of respiratory therapy patientProgram Description

The 2-year Respiratory Therapy Program leads to an Associate in Applied Sciences degree. When you finish your time at TCC, you'll be eligible to take the Certified Respiratory Therapist examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. When you successfully complete the examination, you'll receive your national certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT).

Degrees & Certificates: Associate in Applied Sciences degree, Respiratory Therapy

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

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In order to make sure prospective students understand all of the important parts of applying to the college and enrolling in the Respiratory Therapy program, we ask that every student attend our Virtual Information Session.


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