Tyler Junior College

Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science | 2015-2016 Catalog

The Respiratory Care Program is a two-year curriculum that includes one semester (15 credit hours) of prerequisite courses and four semesters (51 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. See the Special Admissions requirements in the Admission section of this Catalog. 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 Entry Level Examination provided by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Upon successful completion of the Entry Level Examination, the graduate will become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), and is then eligible to apply for the NBRC registry examinations. Upon successful completion of the written registry and clinical simulation examination, the graduate will become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Upon attainment of the RRT credential, the graduate is also eligible to apply for additional specialty examinations which include: neonatal/pediatric specialist (NPS), certified pulmonary function technologist (CPFT), the registered pulmonary function technologist(RPFT), and sleep disorders specialty (SDS) redentials, and Adult Critical Care Specialty Examination (ACCS). In addition, all graduates are trained American Heart Association, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) providers, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) providers, and also complete the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) in accordance with the standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Total Semester Hours: 66

MATH 1314 College Algebra
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I*
CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I - Allied Health Emphasis*
SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology
RSPT 1101 Introduction to Respiratory Care

Semester I

BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
ENGL 1301 Composition I
RSPT 1227 Applied Physics for Respiratory Care
RSPT 1307 Cardiopulmonary/Anatomy & Physiology
RSPT 1329 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I
RSPT 2217 Pharmacology
RSPT 1166 Practicum I

Semester II

BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR
  SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication
RSPT 2139 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
RSPT 1331 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II
RSPT 2210 Cardiopulmonary Disease
RSPT 1267 Practicum II


RSPT 2266 Practicum III
RSPT 2414 Mechanical Ventilation

Semester III

RSPT 2425 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 
RSPT 2353 Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care
RSPT 2267 Practicum IV
ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

Courses titled in bold type represent general education core courses and may be taken prior to acceptance into the Respiratory Care program.

* NOTE: BIOL 2401 and CHEM 1406 must be completed with a ‘‘C’’
or better before application to the respiratory care program. See department chair for possible exceptions.

Special admissions and retention rules apply. Department-specific courses must be taken in sequence and may have a prerequisite course. Courses must be completed with a “C” or better for completion. Contact the department chair for details.

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