What is a Respiratory Therapist?
Respiratory Therapy is one of the most challenging, but rewarding careers at the forefront of health care. Graduates from our program are prepared to work in hospitals, emergency departments, intensive care units, neonatal intensive care units, diagnostic laboratories, offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home care. A Respiratory Therapist’s duties vary depending on the needs of their patients and the level of care needed. Typical responsibilities include:
- Performance of cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests and arterial blood gas analysis
- Patient assessment and administration of certain medications, medical gases, aerosol and humidity therapy, hyperinflation therapy, bronchial hygiene, and mechanical ventilation.
- Perform CPR and application of life support technology
- Evaluation of patient responses to therapy.
- Assessment of disruptive sleep patterns
- Operation of highly sophisticated equipment
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states the employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 23% from 2020
to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.
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Midland College’s Respiratory Care program is a 20-month curriculum leading to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Respiratory Therapy. Courses are completed in four 16-week academic semesters and one 12-week summer session. Classes begin the last Monday of August.
Respiratory Care is a full-time program. Courses consist of class, lab, and clinical rotations. Local clinical rotations include Midland Memorial Hospital, Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, and Odessa Regional Medical Center. Out-of-town rotations include Covenant Medical Center and University Medical Center in Lubbock.
Students can work part-time but must stay current with daily assignments. All respiratory courses are face-to-face in class, lab, or clinical sites. Online courses are only available for general education courses.
Physical Abilities and Technical Standards to Master
- Utilize both visual and auditory monitoring equipment safely and effectively
- Assess and record changes in patient status using visual, auditory, and tactile senses
- Troubleshoot patient/equipment systems
- Effectively and appropriately communicate and relate with patients, their families, and members of the health care team using oral and/or written means
- Possess strength and mobility sufficient to support and transport patients as well as equipment
- Perform respiratory care procedures while wearing personal protective equipment (mask, gown, gloves, etc.)
- Safely and effectively prioritize workload
- Perform CPR (bag and mask ventilation, chest compressions)
- Utilize intellectual ability to adapt to changing patients’ conditions
Respiratory Care students satisfactorily completing the program receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.). Graduates are eligible for the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Therapist Multiple Choice
The Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) must be passed at one cut score to obtain the credential, Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), and both the TMC (at a higher cut score) and Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE) must be passed to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Following credentialing, the graduate will apply to the Texas Medical Board (TMB) for licensure. A therapist cannot work in the state of Texas without obtaining a license.
CRT and RRT credentials are honored throughout the fifty United States and Canada, geography is no barrier to career opportunities.
- Texas State University, San Marcos, Tx BS degree
- Texas Southern University, Houston, Tx BS degree
- Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Tx BS degree
- University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Tx, BS degree, Master of Science in Health Professions (MSHP), and the dual degree Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (BSRC/MPAS)
- University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, Tx BS degree, MS degree
July 15 - Application Due Date
Advisement for prospective students will take place throughout the year. All applicants must complete all requirements to be considered for admission. All items must be in the applicant’s file by July 15th. Early application submissions are encouraged.
Cumulative Grade Point Average at least 2.25
Applicants must show competence in reading, writing, and math by taking and passing the Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA) and can be taken at the MC Testing Center.
Students born and educated outside the U.S must take the TOEFL and pass with 79% or higher.
Training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) must be completed prior to the start of classes for students accepted into the program. Healthcare Provider Basic Certification must be obtained from the American Heart Association.
- Successful Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I & II with a "C" or better.
(BIOL2401 & BIOL2402)
- Complete Requirements by Due Date
Complete application steps and submit all required documentation by July 15
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Submit official copy of all college transcripts to the MC Records Department for processing (if not already done so). Send official transcripts electronically to email@example.com or mail to:
Midland College Records
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
Schedule and complete an advising session by contacting the Program Chair, Kally Eddison. An unofficial transcript with cumulative GPA must be provided during session.
After your advising session, complete the online application. Once submission is received, additional information will be sent via email.
Health Science’s Program Application
- Clear criminal background check
- CPR Certified
CPR training through the American Heart Association as a Professional Rescuer must be current prior to the beginning of the program and must be maintained throughout the respiratory care program.
- Proof of the following immunizations is required prior to program admission:
- Hepatitis B vaccine (3 dose series), proof of positive titer, or Dept. of State Health Services waiver
- Measles Mumps-Rubella
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap)
- Bacterial Meningitis (if required)
- Clinical agencies require students to have the current influenza vaccine, tuberculosis screening each year, and COVID-19 vaccinations or approved medical/religious exemption.
- Clear criminal background check
Selection Criteria (Point System)
The 20 applications with the highest cumulative points will be accepted each fall semester.
Notification will be mailed before the last business day of July.
Prerequisite and General Requirement course Grades
An applicant can receive a maximum of 24 points in this area.
A = 4 points
B = 3 points
C = 2 points
D = 0 points
Points awarded for a previous degree
Master’s = 8 points
Bachelor’s = 6 points
Associate’s = 4 points
prior health care experience
Points may be awarded for prior health care experience. A letter from your supervisor must be provided.
Accepted students will receive an official letter/email of acceptance that will be mailed to the address on the application within a week or two after the application deadline and completion of the admission requirements.
MC Respiratory Care Program & Student Handbook (pdf)
The average cost for the first year of the program is $5,000 which includes tuition, fees, books, supplies and uniforms. The total average cost for both years is approximately $8,000. There are additional expenses related to clinical rotations. Students are responsible for housing, transportation, and meals during these trips. Students can offset some of theses costs by sharing expenses with classmates.
Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal
The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.
If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student
needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete
the general scholarship application.
How to Apply
- Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
- Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
- Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
- Select the Scholarship Application.
For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.
The mission of the Respiratory Care program is to provide the instruction and resources necessary to enable individuals to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will allow the student to become successful and competent professional Respiratory Therapists.
Program Purpose & Goal
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of Respiratory Care practices performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT's).
To help satisfy the need in the local and regional communities for proficient Respiratory Therapists.
The Midland College Respiratory Care Program, CoARC #200303, Associate in Applied
Science in Respiratory Care on the Midland College campus, is accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
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.
General Course Work (66 Credit Hours)
|BIOL 2401||Anatomy and Physiology I|
|BIOL 2402||Anatomy and Physiology II|
Fall Semester I
|*HPRS 1106||Essentials of Medical Terminology|
|RSPT 1260||Clinical I|
|RSPT 1340||Advanced Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology|
|RSPT 1371||Introduction to Respiratory Care|
|RSPT 1410||Respiratory Care Procedures I|
Spring Semester I
|*ENGL 1301||Composition I|
|RSPT 1213||Respiratory Care Pharmacology|
|RSPT 1360||Clinical II|
|RSPT 1411||Respiratory Care Procedures II|
|RSPT 2310||Cardiopulmonary Disease|
|RSPT 1362||Clinical III|
|RSPT 2414||Mechanical Ventilation|
Fall Semester II
|RSPT 2362||Clinical IV|
|RSPT 2353||Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care|
|RSPT 2358||Respiratory Care Patient Assessment|
Spring Semester II
|RSPT 2247||Specialties in Respiratory Care|
|RSPT 2139||Advanced Cardiac Life Support|
|RSPT 2363||Clinical V|
|RSPT 2230||Respiratory Care Examination Preparation|
Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.
PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.
Licensing body for this program: Texas Medical Board
Why Respiratory Care @ MC?
- Our program was established in 1979
- Faculty are accessible, knowledgeable, and care about our student success
- Program students have access and the ability to care for the community at our local hospitals, as well as experiencing other healthcare facilities such as the University Medical Center (UMC) and Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock
- Current median salary rate for an RRT is $30.20/hr
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