Respiratory Care (A.A.S.)

The respiratory care practitioner is trained to assist the medical staff with the diagnosis, treatment, management and care of patients with cardiopulmonary abnormalities or deficiencies.

Respiratory care is used primarily in the treatment of heart and lung diseases such as cardiac failure, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and shock. With instruction in anatomy and physiology, respiratory physics, pharmacology and clinical training, the graduate of this program is prepared to provide care in various medical facilities.

Proficiency in all aspects of respiratory care, including diagnostic, rehabilitative and therapeutic applications, prepares the student to take the entry and advanced level exam. The graduate will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science with a major in Respiratory Care.

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, P.O. Box 54876, Hurst, TX  76054-4876   (817) 283-2835.

Admission: Acceptance into Piedmont Technical College’s RES program (Phase II) is competitive and is limited to 22 students to begin fall semester. See the college calendar or website for application dates. To become eligible for entry into Phase II of the Respiratory Care program, applicants must complete the following:

  • Phase I consists of 20 hours of general education courses which may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, or transferred in from other colleges. They are BIO 210 and BIO 211, ENG 101, MAT 102 or MAT 120, PSY 201, and a Humanities elective.

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher in Phase I coursework. A GPA calculator can be found on the college website.

Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association “Basic Life Support” certification throughout the major studies courses.

Phase II Courses: Completion of the Associate in Applied Science with a major in Respiratory Care requires five (5) semesters upon acceptance to the Phase II coursework.

For more detailed information, please go to Health Care Resources.

Required Courses

Courses   Credit Hours
BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102

Intermediate Algebra
or MAT 120 Probability and Statistics

PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
Subtotal   20.0
RES 101 Introduction to Respiratory Care 3.0
RES 111 Pathophysiology 2.0
RES 121 Respiratory Skills I 4.0
RES 123 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3.0
RES 131 Respiratory Skills II 4.0
RES 141 Respiratory Skills III 3.0
RES 151 Clinical Applications I 5.0
RES 152 Clinical Applications II 3.0
RES 160 Clinical I 1.0
RES 204 Neonatal/Pediatric Care 3.0
RES 206 Respiratory Care for the Gerontological Patient 2.0
RES 207 Management in Respiratory Care 2.0
RES 232 Respiratory Therapeutics 2.0
RES 244 Advanced Respiratory Skills I 4.0
RES 245 Advanced Respiratory Skills II 2.0
RES 246 Respiratory Pharmacology 2.0
RES 249 Comprehensive Applications 2.0
RES 251 Clinical Applications III 8.0
RES 255 Clinical Practice 5.0
Subtotal   60.0
Subtotal   0.0
Total Credit Hours 80.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes


Purpose Statement

The mission of the Piedmont Technical College Respiratory Care Program is to provide our students with a solid foundation in current respiratory care theory and practice and with the skills necessary for them to become contributing members of the profession. It is the goal of this program to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). We strive to create a supportive learning environment which fosters initiative, critical thinking, self-discipline, compassion, and instills a strong appreciation of ethical values and human diversity. Utilizing the standards established by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the established curriculum provides students with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to be outstanding patient care providers.

The Respiratory Care Program faculty believes in the importance of providing a learner-centered program that is committed to excellence and public engagement of their students, faculty, and staff. The program provides leadership for the improved respiratory health of people in the community through excellence in education, public service, and clinical practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide proper patient care.
  2. Prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  3. Perform routine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures common to the respiratory care profession.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the pulmonary and cardiovascular system.
  5. Apply medical ethics and law specific to the practice of respiratory care.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice Exam (TMCE) at the high cut score.
  7. Practice proper and patient specific, emergency care.