Tyler Junior College

Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care program is a two-year curriculum that includes two semesters (25 credit hours) of prerequisite courses and four semesters (47 credit hours) of didactic, laboratory, and clinical classes that prepare the student for a career as a Respiratory Therapist. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Enrollment in this program is limited. All prerequisite courses should be completed before application for enrollment into the Respiratory Care Program. 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.

A graduate of the program will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be eligible to apply for the Entry Level Examination provided by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Upon successful completion of the Entry Level Examination, a graduate will become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), and is eligible to apply for the NBRC registry examinations. Upon successful completion of the Written Registry and Clinical Simulation Examination, a graduate will become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

A graduate is eligible for additional specialty examinations and credentials which include the Perinatal Care Examination, Sleep Technology Specialist, the Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist Examination, and, after the CPFT Examination, the Registry Examination for Advanced Pulmonary Function Technologists.

In addition, all graduates have the opportunity to become American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructors, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Providers, Pediatric Advanced Life Support Providers, and will have completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program in accordance with the standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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.

Important Program Documents

See our related downloads for the application packet, the Nursing and Health Sciences application, handbook, a PowerPoint presentation on what RTs do, immunization records form, Rule 97.64 regarding immunizations, and presentations from respiratory care symposiums.

Career Options

Graduates (Certified Respiratory Therapists, Registered Respiratory Therapists, Certified Pulmonary Function Technologists, Registered Pulmonary Function Technologists, Cardiovascular Technology, Sleep Technology Specialist, and Neonatal-Pediatric Specialists) may work in such hospital departments as respiratory care, anesthesiology or pulmonary medicine; or in home health agencies, respiratory care clinics, nursing home, rehabilitation centers or private physicians’ offices. Employment opportunities for the field are expected to increase rapidly through the year 2016 because of substantial growth of the middle-aged and elderly population and an increased incidence of cardiopulmonary disease.

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. 


  • Respiratory Care (AAS)


  • Marilyn Craig, MHA, RRT, CPFT
  • Phyllis Brunner, BS, RRT, CPFT
  • Sharon Wood, BS, RRT/RCP
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/RespiratoryCare

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