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Respiratory Care

Program Description

Respiratory care professionals have the incredible responsibility of helping people get the oxygen they desperately need to live. They care for patients of all ages, from premature babies with underdeveloped lungs to an elderly individual who may have been affected by disease. Therapists also give patients the treatments, resources and tools to improve their quality of life.

Students in ACC’s Respiratory Care program gain hands-on experience at hospitals in addition to lab and classroom training. The two-year associate degree program will prepare you for a rewarding career. Graduates can become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) by passing both the Therapist Multiple Choice Exam and the Clinical Simulation Exam.

Career Opportunities

Respiratory Care is currently one of the fastest growing career fields. The demand for respiratory therapists will continue to increase because of substantial growth of the middle-age population. Advances in the treatment of heart attack victims, accident victims, and premature infants will also increase the demand for respiratory therapists. The average starting salary is $47,800. An experienced Registered Respiratory Therapist can make between $52,000 - $70,000, plus shift or weekend differential.


Associate of Applied Science Degree
Respiratory Care...................................................66 credit hours

Program Requirements

1. To be considered for admission to the respiratory care program, the applicant must:

A. be a high school or GED graduate.

B. make application to ACC and fulfill the admission requirements, including TSI Assessment.

C. make application to the respiratory care program.

D. submit official transcripts of all previous college work to ACC Registrar's Office.

E. have completed the HESI A2 Entrance Exam and complete BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402 and ENGL 1301 with a grade no lower than a “C” prior to admission. (Please note: Individuals who hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher are exempt from taking the ACT/SAT/HESI A2.)

F. complete a physical examination form which includes TB skin test, and immunizations upon acceptance to the program.

G. criminal background check and drug screen conducted as a condition of full acceptance.

H. personal health insurance is required.

I. a current CPR card is not required prior to acceptance.  A CPR course will be taught in RSPT 1429.

K. not currently be on suspension or academic probation from ACC or another college or university.

2. Any science or respiratory care course completed more than five years prior to the student being accepted may not satisfy requirements for a degree in respiratory care.

3. Program begins in August.

The program (CoARC #200307) is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Rd, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, 817-283-2835,

Program Costs

The Respiratory Care degree program costs approximately $5744.35 for in-district students and $8219.35 for those out-of-district. This includes tuition, fees, and textbooks for Respiratory Care courses*.  Additional fees for supplies, uniforms, testing, vaccinations, insurance, and graduation are approximately $887.68.  Cost for the National Board Examinations is approximately $390.00 for both examinations.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, click here to go to the ACC financial aid web page.

*Tuition, books, fees, and supplies for academic (non-respiratory) courses required to complete the Respiratory Care degree are extra.  Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.


For more information: Call 281-756-5610 or email

Interprofessional Drill:

Mock drill in conjunction with Nursing, Diagnostic Cardio Vascular, and Emergency Medical Technology departments to simulate Emergency Room scenarios.


  • AARC - American Association for Respiratory Care
  • NBRC - National Board for Respiratory Care
  • TSRC - Texas Society for Respiratory Care
  • CoARC - Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

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Read the outcomes data on this program: CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road • Alvin, TX 77511

For accommodations: 281-756-3533 or email: