Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory Therapists evaluate and care for patients with heart and lung problems, provide oxygen therapy, pulmonary medications, chest physiotherapy, diagnostic testing, life support and mechanical ventilation. Respiratory Therapists care for a variety of patients from the newborn to geriatric populations.

San Angelo - Respiratory Care

SAN ANGELO APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1

Respiratory Care is a two-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The Howard College Respiratory Care – Advanced Level AAS program (200442), located in San Angelo is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Therapist Multiple Choice Examination.  Upon passing this exam, graduates are then eligible to take the Advanced Practice Clinical Simulations.  The CRT or RRT credential is typically used as criteria for obtaining a state license to practice.

Respiratory therapists evaluate and care for patients with heart and lung problems, provide oxygen therapy, pulmonary medications, chest physiotherapy and a variety of therapies in the intensive care units.  Respiratory therapists take care of all age groups from the neonate to the geriatric patient.

Our program is a two year (5 semester) program that results in an AAS degree.  Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to take a national credentialing exam.  This exam has two levels: Level 1 (or the lower cut score) qualifies you to be a Certified Respiratory Therapist and the higher lever allows you to take the Clinical Simulations Exam, which upon passing, will qualify you to be a Registered Respiratory Therapist.  You would then have to become licensed in the state in which you would like to work.

Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). 

The purpose of the Respiratory Care Program at Howard College is to provide for the education of students in respiratory therapy and provide learning opportunities that are innovative and educationally sound.  We serve a 13 county area ranging from Lamesa to Junction.  The program and the college are committed to personal development of each student in the field of respiratory therapy so that he or she will be able to serve the community as a competent staff respiratory therapist.

The goal of the respiratory care program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

All admission requirements with the exception of prerequisite classes must be completed by June 1.  Detailed information about all Health Professions programs and requirements may be found in the Health Professions Booklet.

Pre-application Requirements (Before June 1):

  • Passing test scores from an approved college assessment exam are required to gain entrance into academic courses. If needed, HC administers the TSI exam. The Testing Schedule is posted on the campus website or may be obtained by contacting the Testing Center on each campus.
  • Attend a Howard College Health Professions Orientation. A schedule may be obtained by contacting the HCSA Health Professions Division at (325) 481-8371, extension: 3435. Orientations will also be posted on the HCSA homepage.  Attendance is mandatory for anyone applying for the Respiratory Care program. Failure to attend a HPO may result in a reduction in admission points.  The Health Professions Orientation is very important because at that time we will answer all your program-related questions and hand out the paperwork necessary to apply to the program.
  • Prior to actual admission to the Respiratory Care Program, the applicant must successfully complete the required prerequisite courses with a final grade of “C” or above. 
    • BIOL 2101/2301 – Anatomy & Physiology I (Lecture & Lab)
    • BIOL 2102/2302 – Anatomy & Physiology II (Lecture & Lab)
    • MATH 1314 – College Algebra OR MATH 1332 – Contemporary Mathematics OR MATH 1342– Elementary Statistical Methods
  • Students seeking admission to the Respiratory Care program must take the Test of Essential Skills for Allied Health (TEAS AH). The student will be responsible for registering and paying for the exam through the ATI website (atitesting.com). The Testing Schedule is on the Howard College website. Please contact the Testing Coordinator at (325) 481-8300 ext. 3405 for more information. The TEAS AH test can be taken once every 30 days with a maximum number of three (3) times per admission cycle (September 1 – May 31).
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check. 

Application Requirements June 1.

  1. Submit the Health Professions Application for the desired program to the Health Professions Assistant (Debbie Sartain Office HC 1008 at the St. John’s Campus of Shannon Medical Center) along with transcripts from each college/university attended.   Applications will be accepted starting May 1st with the final due date being June 1st.
  2. Provide proof of immunizations – provide copies, you keep the originals for your records.  Immunizations required:  Hepatitis B (3 doses OR a positive titer; must have received the first 2 doses of the series by June 1 deadline, MMR (2 doses OR a positive titer, Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis – one dose within the last 10 years).  Varicella (2 doses OR a positive titer).

Once Selected 

  1. Successfully take and pass the approved Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers class.
  2. Pass a ten-panel drug test (prior to beginning clinical rotations—due date provided).
  3. Provide documented proof of health insurance.
  4. Pass a physical exam (form to be completed will be provided).
  5. Provide documentation of having taken the flu vaccine and completed a TB skin test (due date to be provided by program chair).

http://www.coarc.com/

Howard College Respiratory Therapy Program

Exam:  TMC – Low Cut Score (CRT)

Year

Graduates Tested

Passing %

2015

7

85.7

2016

6

100

2017

4

100

 

Exam:  TMC – High Cut Score

Year

Graduates Tested

Passing %

2015

7

71.4

2016

6

83.3

2017

4

25

These expenses in addition to tuition and fees are approximate only and are subject to change.

Cost information, Tuition, and Fees for each semester can be found in the Howard College Catalog.

Fees Associated with Admission:

  • Immunizations – Variable
  • Background Check –Variable
  • TEAS AH ($80-$100)

In addition to tuition/fees assessed from the college, the following approximate additional fees are the responsibility of the student and are subject to change:

  • Basic Life Support Class for Health Care Providers (CPR) – $56 depending on where you take it.
  • Physical Exam – Variable depending on health insurance
  • 10-Panel Drug Test through Castle Branch –Variable
  • Health Insurance – Variable
  • TB Test (PPD) – Variable depending on health insurance
  • Flu Shot –Variable
  • Clinical Travel Expenses – Variable

Uniforms:

  • Scrubs – red top / black pants – $60 each set (each student will need at least 2 sets of scrubs) (variable)
  • Lab coats are optional – $40 (variable)
  • Program Patch – $6

Textbooks: (prices are variable)

  • Fall Semester – $463
  • Spring Semester – $82
  • Summer Semester – No Additional
  • Fall Semester (second year) – $375
  • Spring Semester (second year) – No Additional

Licensing Expenses during Final Semester:

  • Texas Medical Board Application and Certification Fee – $80
  • Fingerprinting – $40

For more information on the program, please contact: 

Lauri Kirgis, RRT, B.A.T.
Respiratory Care Program Chair
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3431
lkirgis@howardcollege.edu

Brandon Owens RRT, B.S.
Director of Clinical Education
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3414
bowens@howardcollege.edu

Debbie Sartain
Assistant to Dean of Health Professions
(325) 481-8300 ext 3435
dsartain@howardcollege.edu