Respiratory Therapy

Program Info

  • Delivery: Full time day classes and clinical rotations
  • Start: Fall Semester (application in Spring of the semester)
  • Location: Nursing and Allied Health Campus and hospital clinical sites

Major Description

The two-year program will prepare the student's knowledge, skills, and ethical attitude that will culminate in successful employment of the graduate as a licensed respiratory therapist. The student will complete and pass exit exams for graduation in preparation to take their national boards.

Note: This is a selective admission program.

Associate Degree:

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy - 72 credit hours

Work Environment

Respiratory Therapist work in hospital setting doing floor therapy, emergency room codes and assist thorough out the hospital to include surgery. Home Health Care is also a demand area that employs therapist. DME (Durable Medical Equipment) companies and some pharmacies employ Respiratory Therapist on a full-time and part-time basis.

Salary Data

  • Average Wage: $18.00/hour
  • Top Earners: $24 - $28.00/hour

Program Application/Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants must meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  2. High School graduation or GED equivalent.
  3. Be 18-years of age for clinical/practicum experience.
  4. Degree option: Demonstrate proficiency in state-mandated general knowledge content through approved means; i.e. THEA, and ACCUPLACER.
  5. Earn a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  6. "B" or better on all prerequisite coursework.
  7. Participate in individual or group advisement session.
  8. Submit a completed Respiratory Therapy Program application by the deadline (third Friday in May)