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Respiratory Care
    2014 - 2015 Respiratory Care Program Information

    Program Option:
    AAS - Respiratory Care
    MSAA - Electrocardiography

    Collin’s Respiratory Care Program prepares individuals for an allied health specialty in clinical care and management of respiratory disorders. The 22-month program graduates students with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and qualifies the individual to apply for the Registered Respiratory Therapist board examination given by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

    Mathematics and science courses that are part of the curriculum but completed at a regionally accredited institution, must have been completed within five years of the fall semester of the admission year in order to receive transfer credits. The minimum passing grade for all Respiratory Care lecture, lab and clinical course work is 75 percent.

    Students planning to transfer to a college or university should check with the Collin academic advisor prior to beginning this program to verify course transferability.

    Spaces in the Respiratory Care Program are limited. Please see the Respiratory Care Program Information Packet, at , for details on selective admission process.

    The Respiratory Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). They may be contacted at:

    Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
         1248 Harwood Road
         Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
         Phone: 817.283.2835
         Fax: 817.354.8519

    After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities - with or without accommodations - for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information on the Respiratory Care website: . Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.

    Registration is by permission only. Information and applications may be obtained online at or the Health Sciences, Biology and Chemistry Office. To apply, students must:

    Submit the required application form by the designated deadline
    Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
    Submit official copies of all college transcripts
    Complete Collin College reading, writing and mathematics assessments
    Overall GPA of 2.5 with a minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisites courses
    Complete Psychological Services Bureau (PSB), Health Occupations Aptitude Exam prior to the application deadline
    Agree to criminal background check. Findings from the background check that do not meet clinical affiliation specification will result in the student not being admitted to the program
    Once admitted, student must pass a drug screen at the student's expense, when requested and as directed by the program
    Attend a student orientation prior to the start of the first semester in the program
    Successfully complete on all program admission criteria (see Admission Packet)
    Completion of immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) *

    * It is important to note that one of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform the Program Director. In such cases, the applicant must sign a declination form. All immunizations must be complete before assignment to clinical training.

    Health Insurance - All Respiratory Care students are required to show proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical rotations each semester.

    In addition successfully completing the respiratory care curriculum, students are required to complete comprehensive CRT and RRT Self Assessment Examinations during the second year of the program.
      1. The CRT Self Assessment Exam will be given in the fall semester of the
          second year.
      2. The RRT Self Assessment Exams will be given in the spring semester of the
          second year.
               a. Written Registry Self Assessment Exam
               b. Clinical Simulation Self Assessment Examination
      3. Meet all Collin College graduation requirements.

    Satisfactory completion of these exams is required for graduation from the program. Students who do not pass any of these exams will be required to complete prescribed remediation assignments and retest. The program reserves the right to limit the number of retests. Repeat testing will be at student expense.

    The program, after admission to the college, offers a transition option to allow students who hold a CRT credential, have regionally accredited college credit in entry level respiratory care, and have one year of clinical experience as a respiratory therapist to enter the second year of the Respiratory Therapy Program, receive their degree and become registry-eligible. Content and clinical skill competency tests must be satisfactorily completed for students to enter this option. Contact the Program Director for more information.

    AAS – Respiratory Care
    72 credit hours


    A) Students planning to apply for admission to the program must have three of the four following prerequisite courses completed with a grade of "C" or better before the application deadline.
    1) BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
    2) BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
    3) BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
    4) HPRS 1204 Basic Health Profession Skills
    B) Students entering the program must be prepared to enter college-level mathematics by either completion of MATH-0310 or by placement at the
    MATH-1314 College Algebra level. Students must complete MATH-1314 College Algebra during or before the fall semester of the program admission year.

    Note: All science and mathematics courses that are part of the curriculum, but completed at a regionally accredited institution, must have been completed within five years of the fall semester for the fall semester of the admission year in order to receive transfer credit.

    BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
    BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors
    HPRS 1204 Basic Health Profession Skills

    First Semester
    MATH 1314 College Algebra 1
    RSPT 1160 Clinical I - Respiratory Care  Therapist
    RSPT 1201 Introduction to Respiratory Care
    RSPT 1307 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
    RSPT 1410 Respiratory Care Procedures I
    Second Semester
    RSPT 1361 Clinical II - Respiratory Care Therapist
    RSPT 1411 Respiratory Care Procedures II
    RSPT 2217 Respiratory Care Pharmacology
    RSPT 2310 Cardiopulmonary Disease
    RSPT 1362 Clinical III - Respiratory Care Therapist
    RSPT 2471 Respiratory Care Procedures III

    First Semester
    ENGL 1301 Composition I
    PSYC 2301 General Psychology 2 
    RSPT 2255 Critical Care Monitoring
    RSPT 2353 Neonatal / Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care
    RSPT 2360 Clinical IV - Respiratory Care Therapist
    Second Semester
    PHIL 2303 Introduction to Formal Logic
    (See Humanities / Fine Arts Options)
    RSPT 2130 Respiratory Care Examination Preparation
    RSPT 2139 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    RSPT 2231 Simulations in Respiratory Care
    RSPT 2247 Specialties in Respiratory Care
    RSPT 2361 Clinical V - Respiratory Care Therapist (Capstone)

    1. May substitute MATH-1316, MATH-1324, MATH-1325, MATH-1350,
    MATH-1351, MATH-2305, MATH-2312, MATH-2318 or MATH-2320
    2. May substitute SOCI-1301

    Note: The communication competency is met throughout the degree.

    MSAA - Electrocardiography
    9 credit hours

    DSAE 1340 Diagnostic Electrocardiography
    ECRD 1111 Electrocardiography
    HITT 1305 Medical Terminology I
    HPRS 1271 Introduction to the Healthcare System 1

    1. May substitute HPRS-1204

    Note: Some of the courses in this award program may require prerequisites. Please check the course descriptions.

    Note: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours
    for that course.

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    Contact Information

    Program Director:
    Araceli Solis, BS, RRT, RCP
    CPC - B203J

    Academic Advisor:
    Lisa Gibbs
    CPC - D117F

    Department Website: