Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

About the Program

The two-year Respiratory Therapist (RSPT) program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level certification (CRT) and advanced-level registry (RRT) board exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), 10801 Mastin Street, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66210 8888.341.4811. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), 264 Precision Blvd Telford, TN 37690 USA, Telephone: 817-2832835

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

Program Information

A Career in Respiratory Therapy

For thousands of Americans who suffer from breathing problems, each breath is a major accomplishment. These people include patients with chronic lung problems, such as emphysema, asthma, and bronchitis, but they also include heart attack and accident victims; premature infants; and people with cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, or AIDS. In each case, the person will most likely receive treatment from a Respiratory therapist under the direction of a physician. Respiratory therapists work to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders.

Diagnostic procedures performed by respiratory therapists include: obtaining and analyzing sputum specimens; obtaining and analyzing blood specimens to determine acid base balance and levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide; measuring the capacity of a patient’s lungs to determine the level of impairment and studying disruptive sleep disorders.Therapeutic procedures performed by respiratory therapists include: administration of supplemental oxygen, initiating and maintaining mechanical ventilation; monitoring and managing therapy that will help a patient recover lung function; administering medications in aerosol form and monitoring patient’s response to therapy; maintaining a patient’s artificial airway; and conducting smoking cessation programs.

The need for respiratory therapists is expected to grow in the coming years due to the large increase in the elderly population; the impact of environmental problems that have already contributed to the yearly rise in number of reported asthma cases; and technological advances in the treatment of heart attack, cancer, and accident victims, as well as premature babies.

While U.S. employment in general is forecast to increase by 15 percent, the need for Respiratory Therapists will grow by up to 26 percent!
With demand for Respiratory Therapists on the rise, salaries are following suit. According to the 2005 Human Resources study from the AARC, the projected average annual earnings of Respiratory Therapists working in the U.S. is $56,222. In this study, therapists just beginning their careers reported average annual earnings of $41,538.



The Associate Degree Respiratory Therapist Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN, 37690 Telephone 817-283-2835.


Where do Respiratory Therapists Work?

  • In hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • In intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive.
  • In emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments.
  • In newborn and pediatric units helping kids with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis.
  • In operating rooms working with anesthesiologists to monitor patients’ breathing during surgery.
  • In patient’s homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital.
  • In sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea.
  • In skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life.



CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

The mission of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is to serve the public by ensuring high-quality respiratory care education through accreditation services.

Click here to view the latest programmatic outcomes data.


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by the nationally recognized National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

2019 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). Results for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years are provided for comparison.

Program/Aligned AwardAgency StandardHCC Standard2017 Pass Rate (# Passed)2018 Pass Rate (# Passed)2019 Pass Rate (# Passed)2019 Results
Respiratory Therapist AAS 80% 80% 100%(9) 100%(16) 100%(15) Exceeds Expectation



There are 2,597 Respiratory Therapists employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 13.4% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 139 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $27.44 hourly, $57,000 annuall



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Respiratory Therapy Program

Teodoro Tovar

Program Director