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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.

Degrees & Certificates

Program Information

The Advanced Respiratory Therapist Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

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
  2. Submit transcripts indicating completion of prerequisite courses
  3. Take and pass TSI or equivalent and TEAS test
  4. Submit two letters of reference
  5. Be interviewed

September 8, 2017
October 6, 2017
November 3, 2017
December 1, 2017
January 5, 2018
February 2, 2018
March 2, 2018
April 6, 2018
May 4, 2018
May 31, 2018

*Information sessions usually begin at 9 a.m. in Room 1818 of the Health Sciences Center. A group tour of Scott & White Hospital takes place after lunch at approximately 1pm-2pm. Prospective students are shown areas where respiratory therapists work throughout the hospital. Specific instructions about the tours are given prior to lunch (lunch is on your own).

Please call the RSPT Office to add your name to the list/date when you would like to attend an INFO Session. We ask that you dress “semiprofessional” for the tour.

  • 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.*
  • *Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Associate degree graduates of the Temple College Respiratory Care program can go on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care from any of the five baccalaureate degree-granting institutions with Respiratory Care programs in Texas.

  • 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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