Respiratory Therapy

Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Program at South Texas College earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is five semesters in length and combines classroom, laboratory and clinical education experiences. The 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 based on a competitive point system.

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Selective/Competitive Entry Disclaimer

  • 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

Program Goals and Objectives

South Texas College has adopted the following Program goals and objectives for its twenty-four-month program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy:

Basic Competency Goal: To compare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Objective #1: Cognitive Domain Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as advanced-level respiratory therapists. 

Objective #2: Affective Domain Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as advanced-level respiratory therapists. 

Objective #3: Psychomotor Domain Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as advanced-level respiratory therapists.

Program Accreditation

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes-based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
CoARC ID# 200527

Programmatic Outcomes Data  
Graduates/Students Outcomes for all Respiratory Programs 

Program Application/Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Participate in the required Prospective Student Information Session. For the session schedule, access the information online at or contact the Respiratory Therapy Program at 956-872-3023.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  3. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards, or meet TSI exemption standards.
  4. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum of "B" as listed in the Degree plan.
  5. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Science coursework listed in the degree plan must be within the past 5 years of nursing clinical courses. For more information contact the Faculty Secretary at 956-872-3023.
  7. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series.
  8. Meet Technical Standards as stated by the Program
  9. Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information contact Respiratory Therapy Program at 872-3023 or access the information online at

Program Application

Application deadline by May 28, 2021 at 3pm.

Respiratory Therapy Application

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration Resources

Name E-mail Phone Location
Pena, Gabriel - Program Chair gpena141 956-872-3021 NAH-A 420
Chong-Menard, Betty - Clinical Director of Education bchong-menard1 956-872-3071 NAH-A 422
Carpenter, Darcy dcarpent 956-872-3087 NAH-A 423

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Perez, Patricia - Faculty Secretary pperez18 956-872-3023 NAH-A 411

Why Be an RT?

Learn more about being a RT professional.

Work Environment

Respiratory Therapist work in various locations within hospital settings which include the Emergency Room (ER), Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Surgery and medical floors.  Others work in nursing care facilities and physician's offices. 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: $27.14/hour
  • Top Earners: $80,440/year
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