2013-2014 General Catalog 
    Nov 14, 2018  
2013-2014 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Respiratory Care, AAS (Major Code 8025)

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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:

  1. Complete the requirements for admission to South Plains College. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Respiratory Care program.
  2. 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.
  3. Submit a program application to the program director by May 15th to be eligible for the upcoming August class. Early application is recommended.
  4. 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.
  5. Admission to the program is limited, based on clinical training space. Eligible applicants will be evaluated by the following criteria:
    1. 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.
    2. Interview with the program director.
    3. Evaluation of grade point average.
    4. Submission date of application.

 Program director is Ron Edwards, instructor in respiratory care.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Total Semester Hours: 18

Total Semester Hours: 13

Total Semester Hours: 12

Total Semester Hours: 5

Total Semester Hours: 11

Total Semester Hours: 9


*Although not a requirement, students are strongly encouraged to take HUDV 1100 during the first semester of enrollment. Chemistry is highly recommended before entering into the Respiratory Care program.
** CTE related course that may be articulated with high school.
***Consult program advisor for proper choice of course.


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