Tyler Junior College

Respiratory Care

Respiratory therapists play an important role in helping patients with breathing difficulties and cardiopulmonary disorders get the best care possible. Our graduates work closely with doctors and nurses in hospitals and other healthcare facilities to provide lifesaving patient care.

Our Respiratory Care degree helps you gain the technical knowledge and academic training required to become a respiratory therapist. Within this field, you are tasked with important responsibilities, such as providing and managing therapeutic and life support services, administration of gasses and aerosol therapy, and cardiopulmonary assessment and monitoring.

Our Respiratory Care program is a two-year curriculum that includes one semester of prerequisite courses and four semesters of didactic, laboratory, and clinical classes that prepare the student for a career as a Respiratory Therapist.


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Enrolled students completing the program are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program. Visit www.coarc.com; 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 or call 817/283-2835 or 800/874-5615. The program’s outcomes data is located at http://www.coarc.com/47.html.

Enrollment Requirements and Outcomes

All required courses of the Respiratory Care curriculum must be completed with a grade of “C” or better and a grade point average of at least 2.0 must be maintained while in the program.

The graduate of the program will receive an associate of applied science degree and will be eligible to apply for the Therapist-Multiple Choice (TMC) examination administered by the national board for respiratory care (NBRC). The graduate who is achieves the low cut score with attain the CRT credential. The graduate who passes the TMC at the high cut score will then be eligible to sit for the NBRC Clinical Simulation Exam. If successful, the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) will be attained.

The graduate is eligible for additional specialty examinations and credentials which include the Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Examination (NPS), the Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist (CPFT) Examination, the Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist (RPFT) Examination, and the Sleep Disorders Specialty (SDS) Examination.

In addition, all graduates may obtain the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructors, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Providers, Pediatric Advanced Life Support Providers and will hold the Neonatal Resuscitation Provider in accordance with the standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

How to Apply

See our related downloads for the application packet and the Nursing and Health Sciences application.

Enrollment in this program is limited. All prerequisite courses should be completed before selection for enrollment into the Respiratory Care Program can be made. See the Selected Admission requirements listed in the admissions section of the Tyler Junior College Catalog.

Career Outlook

Salary Range: Salaries vary with location and are based on shift work, responsibilities and experience. The average starting salary is $36,000 to $44,000 annually. 



  • Marilyn Craig, MHA, RRT, CPFT
  • Phyllis Brunner, BS, RRT, CPFT
  • Dewayne Marsh, RRT, RPSGT
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/RespiratoryCare

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Respiratory Care Contact Information

Phyllis W. Brunner, BS, RRT, CPFT
Department Chair
Office: RNHS 2.249

Email: pbru@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2472

Advising contact: 903-510-2662