About our Program


The Respiratory Care Program at Amarillo College is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Twenty new students are accepted each year and they receive the necessary training to become eligible for both the Certified Respiratory Therapist and Registered Respiratory Therapist exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The program is 24 months long and requires the successful completion of 66 semester hours.

The required courses can be divided into three categories: 1) general education, 2) respiratory care science and 3) clinical application. The general education category includes such courses as Anatomy & Physiology, English, Psychology and Speech. The respiratory care science courses concentrate 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 curriculum is designed to be completed in two years, however, most students prefer to take lighter loads each semester. To accomplish this requires the completion of as many general education requirements as possible prior to entering into the Respiratory Care program. Students who have already completed some college courses can have their transcript evaluated by the Registrar and Program Director for transfer of credit.

Inquiries regarding accreditation should be directed to:

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76012-4244
(817) 283-2835
(800) 874-5615

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RESPIRATORY CARE

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