Respiratory Care Technology

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Healthcare Sciences and Early Childhood and Family Studies
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Respiratory Care Technology program?

The Respiratory Care Technology program is a sequenced learning experience offering classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences relevant to the practice of state-of-the-art respiratory care. Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are prepared to take board exams to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

What I will learn?

You will engage in didactical and clinical practice experiences that are designed to sequentially develop and apply critical thinking skills, concepts, and theories in the performance of respiratory care procedures. Respiratory Care involves the assessment and therapeutic management of patients diagnosed with cardiopulmonary disease. Practitioners perform procedures involving the administration of oxygen and medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, varied breathing treatments, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, diagnostic lung function testing, and patient/family education.

What's special about the program?

The program is fortunate to provide state-of-the-art lab equipment and simulation-based learning. Clinical experiences range in variety of skill level,age groups, geographical location, and multiple hospital systems.

What can I do with this course of study?

  • Obtain Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), and/or more advance credentials
  • Work in a variety of areas such as: Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Care, Diagnostic Labs/Doctors Offices, Education, and so much more.
  • Work with a variety of age groups.
  • Great start to a career latter advancement or a bridge to other related professions.

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  • Applications are accepted from March 1 - June 1
  • Cohorts begin every Fall
  • Notification of acceptance sent by July 7th

*Dates are subject to change with extensions to deadlines.

Respiratory Therapy is not just a profession; it’s a commitment to helping individuals breathe easier, live better, and embrace life with every breath.


Accreditation, Certification, Licensure and Information


The Respiratory Care Technology program (program # 200423) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Contact information for CoARC is 264 Precision Blvd. Telford, TN 37690 or by phone at (817) 283-2835.  Information is also available online at  

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.

Certification and Licensure:

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the board examinations provided by The National Board for Respiratory Care. At least a Certified Registered Therapist (CRT) credential is required before applying for the state license through the Texas Medical Board. A state license is required to practice as a Respiratory Therapist in the state of Texas.

Note: Certification and licensure are separate mechanisms.

In addition to the national CRT & RRT credentials, there is credentialing at the state level through the Texas Medical Board. Practitioners must apply for the state credential of a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP). Please contact the Texas Medical Board by phone at (512) 305-7010 for more information. 


Public Information on Programmatic Outcomes Data 

THECB Statutory Requirement

Admission & Requirements to SPC

SPC Admission

Students applying to the Respiratory Care Technology Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance into St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Division. These requirements include the following:

Complete Apply Texas application
St. Philip's College admission requirements
Healthcare Sciences & Early Childhood Department admission requirements

Apply Texas

Prerequisite Requirements:

All students must complete the following academic prerequisite courses with a GPA of 2.8 or higher:

RSPT 1101 Introduction to Respiratory Care
ENGL 1301 Composition I
MATH 1314 College Algebra
BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy & Physiology

Those students desiring to continue their education in a university-based Respiratory Care Program (B.S.) should enroll in BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 in lieu of the BIOL 2404 requirement for St. Philip's College.

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Respiratory Program Application & Selection Process

Respiratory Program Application Process

Applications for the Respiratory Care Technology Program are accepted from March 1 - June 1. Cohorts begin each Fall. Dates are subject to change with extensions to deadlines.

Those students submitting a complete application on or before June 1st may be given priority for acceptance. Students submitting an application on or before the deadline date but requiring additional semester(s) (Spring/Summer) to complete the prerequisite course(s) cannot be guaranteed acceptance if enrollment capacity is met prior to completion of their prerequisite course(s). Notification of status given by July 7th.

 Application Form

Application to college Check List:

  • Apply to St.Philip's College with official transcripts for transfer credit
  • Identify St. Phillip's College as the home school and Respiratory Care Technology as the Major

Respiratory Packet Content:

Application Checklist TEAS Information

Submission Method

Preferred Submission Method:

The preferred submission method would be to email ONE combined file document to

Preferred Mail to Method:

St. Philip’s College Health Sciences Department
Application for Respiratory Care Technology Program – Attn: Christa Mitchell
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203-2098

Selection Process:

Prospective students submitting an application to the Respiratory Care Technology Program will be selected based on certain criteria.

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No person shall, on the basis of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in employment or under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by the College District. H.1.1


Contact Information

Program Director:
Christa Mitchell, MBA, BSRC, RRT-AE-C
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 330E

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