Offered at the SPC Reese Center
Respiratory care is a rapidly expanding medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of people with cardiopulmonary disorders. South Plains College offers a two-year program that culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory care. To qualify for the A.A.S. degree, the student must complete a Capstone Experience during the final semester of the program.
This degree confers eligibility to apply for the entry-level and advanced-level therapist examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care. A successful score on the entry-level examination qualifies the applicant as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and allows application for a Texas Respiratory Care Practitioner license. Successful completion of the advanced-level examination leads to the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential (RRT). The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021, www.coarc.com.
Program Admission Requirements
Persons interested in the Respiratory Care program must complete the following entrance requirements:
- Complete the requirements for admission to South Plains College. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Respiratory Care program.
- Complete a career planning session with the Respiratory Care program director and receive a program application. The applicant should contact the program at (806) 716-4625.
- Submit a program application to the program director by May 15th to be eligible for the upcoming August class. Early application is recommended.
- Complete the mandatory prerequisite classes before June 1st. It is recommended that applicants complete as many of the remaining general education classes as possible. Classes must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- Admission to the program is limited, based on clinical training space. Eligible applicants will be evaluated by the following criteria:
- Must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better before June 1st. Completion of all general education classes is strongly recommended.
- Interview with the program director.
- Evaluation of grade point average.
- Submission date of application.
Program director is Ron Edwards, instructor in respiratory care.
Associate of Applied Science Degree