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Respiratory Care, AAS

Location(s): Trinity River Campus

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Associate of Applied Science

Health Science Pathway
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The following science courses are prerequisites to selection for the Respiratory Care Program. A grade of C or better is required.

Program Requirements

Total Degree Hours: 66

* Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, and Culture must be chosen from the corresponding section of the Core Curriculum .

Selective Admission Criteria:

All applicants to the Respiratory Care Program are required to attend an information session before the application deadline. Complete details of the Respiratory Care program admissions process may be found on the TCC website.

Application Criteria:

  • Students must be TSI compliant
  • Hold a TCCD Student Colleague Number
  • Must meet with the CTE advisor
  • Currently have minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Successfully Complete the HESI A2 Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 70 in each section
  • IELTS 6.5 minimum score or TOEFL iBT test with 83 as a minimum score for ESL students

Prior to application students with international college credits must contact International Admissions 817-515-1570.

Once admitted to the program students must maintain a minimum grade of “C” (75%) in all courses found within the degree plan.

Students who are selected for admission must perform and pass a drug screening and criminal background check, both of which must report negative in order to remain in the program. Required immunizations must be completed prior to the beginning of classes.

After successful completion of the above curriculum, the student meets the academic requirements to take the necessary examinations to become a registered Respiratory Therapist through the National Board for Respiratory Care and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244.

Professional Licensure Disclosure:

The respiratory care program at Tarrant County College (TCC) meets the licensure requirements in all states except Alaska. Licensure requirements have not been determined in Alaska because licensure is not currently regulated. Use the link below to find information on the state or U.S. territory in which you intend to be licensed in order to identify whether TCC’s Respiratory Care program meets, does not meet, or if it has not been determined if it meets the educational requirements for licensure. If TCC’s program has not determined if it meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state in question, it may satisfy all or a portion of the academic requirements. If that is the case, we recommend contacting the licensing agency directly before beginning the program.

A list of state agencies and contact information can be found at this link: https://www.aarc.org/advocacy/state-society-resources/state-licensure-contacts/

For more information, please contact Don Holt, donald.holt@tccd.edu

Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508

This program prepares a student for an occupational license. However, the student may not be eligible for licensing if they have a prior criminal history. For more details, see House Bill 1508 Licensing Requirements .

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