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.

Departmental Goals

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).

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Debbie Parten


Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Respiratory Care

Program Information


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

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Temple College is program #200193.

CoARC’s outcomes webpage

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 and hospital tour
  2. Submit transcripts indicating a “C” or above for the prerequisite courses
  3. Take and pass TSI or equivalent
  4. Take and Pass the most recent TEAS test
  5. Submit two letters of reference
  6. Be interviewed
Information Sessions

Information sessions are held in the Health Sciences Center, Room 1832. Information sessions are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Dress Code is business casual (ie. no shorts, torn jeans, or Flip flops)

Scheduled Dates for 2024
  • Friday, May 17
  • Thursday, June 13
  • Friday, August 23
  • Thursday, September 19
  • Thursday, October 24
  • Thursday, February 22
  • Thursday, November 21
Scheduled Dates for 2025
  • Thursday, January 16
  • Friday, February 21
  • Thursday, March 20
  • Thursday, April 24
  • Thursday, May 8
  • Thursday, June 12
  • Friday, August 22
  • Thursday, September 18
  • Friday, October 17
  • Thursday, November 20

Please contact Debbie Parten at if attending. Dates are subject to change.


Information Session

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.*
  • Distinguished registered respiratory therapist credentialing success award 2018, 2019 and 2020.

*Commission 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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