Respiratory Care - A.A.S. Degree

Help People Breathe Better as a Respiratory Therapist

The Respiratory Care Program at Alvin Community College prepares you to enter a career field that is projected to grow by 23% between 2016 and 2026. Texas is second in the nation for employing respiratory therapists. The demand 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.

Respiratory therapists are the experts in their facility for respiratory care technology. Our program will teach you how to work with advanced medical equipment that is instrumental in helping people who have trouble breathing.

If you are compassionate, detail oriented, patient, and possess good problem solving skills, you may be a good candidate to apply for the Respiratory Care Program.

Career Opportunities

Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that the Houston Metropolitan region employs over 2300 respiratory therapists with an average annual salary of $61,360. The average starting salary is $47,800. An experienced Registered Respiratory Therapist can make between $52,000 - $70,000, plus shift or weekend differential.

The two-year Respiratory Care program can jump start your career into a field that is both challenging and rewarding. Respiratory therapists typically work in hospitals or sleep laboratories but can also specialize in home health care or even work in corporate settings. Respiratory therapists can start businesses providing equipment and clinical services or serve as instructors in a school or hospital.

For more information on career opportunities in Respiratory Care, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

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.

As a student in ACC’s Respiratory Care program, you'll 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 Board Exam.

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RESPIRATORY CARE
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) 

66 credit hours
 

PREREQUISITES

CREDITS

+BIOL 2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I

4

+BIOL 2402 - Anatomy & Physiology II

4

+ENGL 1301 - Composition I

3
FIRST YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

RSPT 1166 - Practicum - Respiratory Care Therapist

1

RSPT 1207 - Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology

2

RSPT 1225 - Respiratory Care Sciences

2

RSPT 1331 - Basic Respiratory Care Fundamentals II

3

RSPT 1429 - Respiratory Care Fundamentals I

4
SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

+Select from Creative Arts Core Curriculum or
+Select from Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Curriculum

3

RSPT 1266 - Practicum I - Respiratory Care Therapist

2

RSPT 2217 - Respiratory Care Pharmacology

2

RSPT 2310 - Cardiopulmonary Disease

3

RSPT 2414 - Mechanical Ventilation I

4
THIRD SEMESTER (SUMMER)

RSPT 1262 - Clinical II - Respiratory Care Therapist

2

RSPT 2305 - Pulmonary Diagnostics

3

RSPT 2314 - Mechanical Ventilation II

3
SECOND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER (FALL)

BIOL 2420 - Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

2

RSPT 2266 - Practicum III - Respiratory Care Therapist

2

RSPT 2355 - Critical Care Monitoring

6

RSPT 2453 - Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care

4

SECOND SEMESTER (SPRING)

*RSPT 2230 - Respiratory Care Examination Preparation

2

RSPT 2267 - Practicum IV - Respiratory Care Therapist

2

RSPT 2166 - Practicum V - Respiratory Care Therapist

1

+Select from Social & Behavioral Science Core Curriculum

3
RESPIRATORY CARE (A.A.S.) DEGREE – CREDIT HOURS  66

+Denotes core requirement. Speak with Department Chair or Academic Advisor for proper course selection.
*Capstone course. 

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

The Respiratory Care degree program costs approximately $6876.35 for in-district students and $9846.35 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 $892.68.  Cost for the National Board Examinations is approximately $390.00 for both examinations.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

**Tuition, books, fees, and supplies for academic (non-respiratory) courses required to complete the Respiratory Care degree are extra. 

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