Respiratory Care

What is respiratory care?
Respiratory care is a health care specialty involved in the assessment, treatment, management and diagnostic evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease.

What are respiratory therapists?
Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician. They are part of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals that provide care for patients with conditions such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, chest trauma, as well as other lung and heart diseases. Respiratory therapists are trained in adult, pediatric and neonatal care.

For more information regarding the field of respiratory care see

Associate Degree Course Sequence

  • Student Success Seminar
    Introduction to Respiratory Care
    Introduction to Respiratory Care Laboratory
    Medical Gas Administration
    Medical Gas Administration Laboratory
    Pharmacology for R.T.
    Principles of Human Structure & Function (lab)
    Medical Terminology
    General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I
    Airway Management Procedures
    Airway Management Procedures Laboratory
    Practicum I Seminar
    Practicum I Clinical
    Statistics or College Algebra or Math for Allied Health
    Respiratory Diseases
    Critical Care
    Critical Care Laboratory
    Practicum II Seminar
    Practicum II Clinical
    College Composition
    Sociology or Psychology Elective
    Cardiopulmonary A&P
    Practicum III Seminar
    Practicum III Clinical
    Advanced Respiratory Care Procedures Laboratory
    Neonatal/Pediatrics for Respiratory Care
    Neonatal/Pediatrics for Respiratory Care Laboratory
    Principles of Microbiology (lab)
    Patient Assessment and Monitoring
    Practicum IV Seminar
    Practicum IV Laboratory
    Practicum IV Clinical


  • Administration of medical gases, including oxygen
  • Aerosol therapy
  • Hyperinflation therapy
  • Bronchial hygiene techniques
  • Arterial blood gas punctures
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Ventilator management
  • EKG monitoring
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Sleep studies
  • Rehabilitation
  • General medical
  • Surgical
  • Intensive care
  • Emergency/trauma
  • Pediatric and neonatal
  • Home care
  • Sleep
  • Diagnostic
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long term acute care
  • Hospitals
  • Long term acute care facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Homecare equipment companies
  • Physicians’ offices

Stark State College’s respiratory care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Rd.
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835