Assess the cardiopulmonary system, assist in the treatment of cardiopulmonary impairment, evaluate treatment effectiveness and actively care for patients of all ages with deficiencies or abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system. Opportunities exist for specialization within the profession in the areas of critical care, homecare, neonatal/pediatrics, education, pulmonary function testing and management as a licensed professional in respiratory care. The individual will, under the supervision of a physician, actively participate in the development of patient care plans, diagnostic testing and in the decision making process regarding the care and treatment of patients. Employment is primarily in hospitals but extends to home care, skilled nursing facilities, education and management. The respiratory care program, associate of applied science degree at the Western campus is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
817- 283-2835

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • GPA required: 2.8 admissions requirements/core courses; 2.8 overall.
  • Observation visit required (see details in application packet).
  • Complete the following (“C” grade or higher in each):
    BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I (or BIO-2330)4
    MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics3
    Select one of the following:3-8
    Introduction to Biological Chemistry
    Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
    and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
    Select one of the following:
    College Composition I
    Honors College Composition I

Other Information

  • 25 students accepted per year.
  • Admissions/core courses may be repeated only once to improve a grade below "C".
  • Accepted applicants must attend a group information session prior to Fall Semester.
  • Criminal background check required prior to admission to the program. Contact the program manager for specific dates.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Assess, evaluate, interpret and prioritize clinical, therapeutic and mechanical patient data to ensure appropriate outcomes.
  3. Teach, document and communicate therapy with patients, families and all medical personnel, following medical protocols.
  4. Employ personal safe work methods and practice Universal Precautions in clinical and non-clinical settings.
  5. Perform procedures used to diagnose and treat cardiopulmonary patients for all age groups.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry 1 3
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 2 4
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours13
First Semester
RESP-1300 Respiratory Care Equipment 4
RESP-1310 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
RESP-1320 Acid-Base and Hemodynamics 2
RESP-1330 Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Pulmonary Diseases 5
RESP-1340 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care 2
Select one of the following: 3
Honors Bioethics  
 Credit Hours16
Summer Session
RESP-2210 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation 1
RESP-2300 Basic Therapeutic Procedures 3
RESP-2940 Respiratory Care Field Experience I 1
 Credit Hours5
Third Semester
BIO-2500 Microbiology 4
RESP-2310 Mechanical Ventilation 4
RESP-2320 Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care 2
RESP-2950 Respiratory Care Field Experience II 2
 Credit Hours12
Fourth Semester
RESP-2330 Respiratory Home Care/Rehabilitation 1
RESP-2342 Patient Management Problems 2
RESP-2960 Respiratory Care Field Experience III 2
 Credit Hours5
 Total Credit Hours64