Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care courses at Amarillo College focus on the theory, techniques and equipment of respiratory care, as well as the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases. The clinical application courses are conducted in area hospitals and provide students with hands-on experience in the practice of respiratory care. The AC program is designed to be completed in 24 months and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Graduates become eligible to take certification exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Respiratory Care

What can you do with a Respiratory Care degree?


Respiratory care is an allied health specialty concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases that inhibit a patient’s breathing. Trained therapists work as part of a team with physicians, nurses and other specialists to provide total care to their patients. Hospitals are the primary employers of respiratory therapists – from general care to neonatal, pediatric and adult intensive care. However, many therapists now work in the home-care setting as well as at alternative sites, such as pulmonary rehabilitation, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient clinics.

Respiratory Care

Enter the Workforce with a Two Year Degree  

First Semester Prior to Admission
ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3
PSYC 2319 - Social Psychology 3
BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture or Creative Arts 3
SPCH 1318- Interpersonal Communication 3
Semester 1: Fall Year 1
RSPT 1137 - Basic Dysrhythmia Interpretation 1
RSPT 1201 - Introduction of Respiratory Care 2
RSPT 1225 - Respiratory Care Sciences 2
RSPT 1307 - Cardiopulmonary A&P 3
RSPT 1410 - Respiratory Care Procedures I 4
Semester 2: Spring Year 1
RSPT 1166 - Practicum 1 1
RSPT 1240 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary A&P 2
RSPT 1411 - Respiratory Care Procedures 2 4
RSPT 2217 - Respiratory Care Pharmacology 2
Semester 3: Summer Year 1
RSPT 1167 - Practicum 2 1
RSPT 2305 - Pulmonary Diagnostics 3
Semester 4: Fall Year 2
RSPT 2266 - Practicum 3 2
RSPT 2310 - Cardiopulmonary Diseases 3
RSPT 2353 - Neo/Pedi Cardiopulmonary Care 3
RSPT 2358 - Respiratory Care Patient Assessment 3
Semester 5: Spring Year 2
RSPT 2147 - Specialties in Respiratory Care 1
RSPT 2231 - Simulations in Respiratory Care 2
RSPT 2267 - Practicum 4 2
RSPT 2319 - Mechanical Ventilation for the Neo/Pedi 3
RSPT 2355 - Critical Care Monitoring 3
Semester 6: Summer Year 2
RSPT 2166 - Practicum 5 1
RSPT 2230 - Respiratory Care Examination Preparation 2