Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care program provides educational experiences and all coursework necessary to qualify graduates for credentialing exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Students desiring admission into the program must first meet the basic entrance requirements for Temple College. They then must file for admission to the Respiratory Care program.

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Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Care

Program Information

The Advanced Respiratory Therapist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Application Procedure

Admission into the Respiratory Care program requires the submission of a completed portfolio and an interview with the selection panel. You will receive the program application at the information session.

Admission Steps
  1. Attend an information session
  2. Submit transcripts indicating completion of prerequisite courses
  3. Take and pass TSI or equivalent and TEAS test
  4. Submit two letters of reference
  5. Be interviewed
Information Sessions

September 7, 2018
October 5, 2018
November 2, 2018
December 7, 2018
January 4, 2019
February 1, 2019
March 1, 2019
April 5, 2019
May 3, 2019
June 6, 2019

*Information sessions usually begin at 9 a.m. in Room 1818 of the Health Sciences Center.  A group tour of Scott & White Medical Center - Temple takes place after lunch at approximately 1-2 p.m. Prospective students are shown areas where respiratory therapists work throughout the hospital. Specific instructions about the tours are given prior to lunch (lunch is on your own).

Please call the RSPT office to add your name to the list/date when you would like to attend an infosession. We ask that you dress “semiprofessional” for the tour.

Program Highlights
  • 100% employment rate for students from the 2016 graduating class
  • Temple College respiratory care graduates pass national credential exams on par with baccalaureate program graduates*
  • Most Temple College graduates attain certification as Registered Respiratory Care Therapists within a month or two of graduation.*

*Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care
Clinical Affiliates

There are currently eleven active clinical affiliates that give students a broad range of experiences during on-site clinical training:

  • Respiratory care practitioners are tested and gain their credentials from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
  • There is no testing done by any agency in Texas; however passing scores from the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) exam are sent to the Texas Medical Board so that a person may receive the Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) credential.
  • In Texas it is mandatory to have the RCP. There is also some type of mandatory regulation in all 48 continental states.
  • After the graduate passes the TMC exam at the high level, they become eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Exam.
  • To become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) two computerized tests must be taken and passed. The first is the 140-question TMC exam, and the second is the 20-problem clinical simulation exam.
  • The NBRC also has a certification (Certified Pulmonary Function Technician – CPFT) and a registry (Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist – RPFT) for pulmonary function testing. There is also a test to become a Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist (NPS), a Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS), and one for the Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS).
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