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Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care offers unique challenges in the areas of prevention, diagnostics, treatment, management and rehabilitation of people with respiratory and/or cardiac abnormalities. Graduates are involved in a variety of lifesaving and life-supporting situations, working side by side with physicians, nurses, radiographers, and others on the health care team, treating patients ranging in age from premature newborns to senior citizens.

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Joining Our Program


Health Sciences Application (pdf)


Stephanie Friel
Health Sciences Division Clerk
(432) 685-4601

  • Transcripts

Submit two official college transcripts showing required academic courses already completed with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better. One to the program and one to the Registrar.

Midland College Registrar
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705

  • GPA

Have cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5

  • TEsting

Applicants must take and pass one of the following: Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), Texas Success Initiative (TSI), OR Compass, to show competence in reading, writing and math.

They must also take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). All are available at the MC Testing Center.

MC Testing Services


  • Course Work: A&P I and II

Complete Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II with a Grade of "B" or better in each course.

  • Immunization

Hepatitis B immunization series must be completed prior to beginning program.

  • Shadowing of a Respiratory Therapist


To apply for any MC Scholarship through AcademicWorks:

1. APPLY at https://midland.academicworks.com
2. Confirm the link sent to your email and complete application
3. Check your MC student email for notifications of award
4. Accept award & write your electronic thank you letter to the donor

*Already receiving a scholarship? Don't forget to update your application each semester! You will receive an email when it is time to do so.

Extra Admission Points can be earned with:

  • degrees earned from accredited colleges/universities
  • current health care certificates or licenses
  • military health care experience
  • successful completion of general education core courses required for the A.A.S. degree

Advisement for prospective students will take place throughout the year. All applicants will be eligible for a personal interview. To be considered for admission, all items must be in the applicant's file by May 25th (or prior to the Fall registration deadline, if positions are available). Notification of admission into the program will progress from highest point totals down through other qualified applicants until the class is full.

Once accepted...

Accepted students will be contacted for an interview, and an official letter of acceptance will be mailed to the address on the application within a week or two of the final completion of admission requirements.


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. Each of these trips costs between $300 - $500. Students can offset some of these costs by sharing expenses with classmates.


  • Full-time program
  • Students are able to work part-time, but must stay current with their daily assignments
  • Online courses are only available for general education courses
  • All respiratory care courses are face-to-face in class, lab, or clinical sites

Clinical rotations

Clinical rotations are local with Midland Memorial Hospital, Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, and Odessa Regional Medical Center. Out-of-town rotations include:

  • Children’s Health System, Dallas, TX
  • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Covenant Medical Center, Lubbock, TX
  • University Medical Center, Lubbock, TX
  • Respiratory Care students satisfactorily completing the second year program will 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).

  • Successful completion of the TMC exam at the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) level will allow the graduate to apply for Texas State Licensure and passing at the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) level allows the graduate to sit for the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE).

  • Upon successful completion of the CSE the RRT credential is awarded by the NBRC.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Students, working under supervision, gain clinical experience at area health care facilities.

CoARC Website

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.

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

Future Opportunities

Respiratory Care graduates enter a specialty field in which the demand has exceeded the supply. This expertise is a precious commodity in most medical institutions. 

Positions are available in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, nursing homes, and home care. Specialties include, but are not limited to, adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, home care, diagnostics, sleep disorders, education or management.

Careers include Respiratory Therapist, Pulmonary Function Technologist, Sleep Disorders Specialist, Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist, and Adult Critical Care Specialist.

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, Masters of Science in Health Professions (MSHP), and the dual degree Bachelors 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


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



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