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.


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 achieves the low cut score will 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, Adult Critical Care Specialty (ACCS) and the Sleep Disorders Specialty (SDS) Examination. 

Degree Plans

How to Apply

TJC is an open admissions college; however, enrollment in this program is limited. All prerequisite courses should be completed before selection for enrollment into the Respiratory Care Program can be made. Please fill out the Selective Admissions Application to apply for this program.

Selective Admissions

Accreditation Statement

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; 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 or call 817/283-2835 or 800/874-5615. The program’s outcomes data is located at