Midland College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care. The graduate will be eligible to sit for the Therapist Multiple Choice exam (TMC). After successfully completing the exam, graduates will sit for the Clinical Simulation exam (CSE). Upon successfully completing both exams, the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential is awarded. Graduates may apply for state licensure after passing the Therapist Multiple Choice exam at either the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or RRT level.
New classes begin each fall and Respiratory Care (RSPT) courses must be taken sequentially for progression through the program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete as many non-respiratory courses as possible prior to entering the program. Clinical rotations will be scheduled with Midland and Odessa health care facilities. Specialty rotations are also held in Lubbock and Dallas. To be eligible for graduation, a student must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all Respiratory courses, a "B" or better in all Biology courses, have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and pass a written and/or clinical simulation final exit exam.
The Midland College Respiratory Care, program number 200303, associate degree program in Midland, Texas, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
The Midland College Respiratory Care Program has a limited enrollment based on the following specific admission criteria:
- Complete a Health Sciences Division Application for Admission (available from the Division Office and Program Chair)
- Submit two official transcripts showing high school graduation (or proof of GED) and two official college transcripts. One copy should be sent to the Midland College Respiratory Care program and one to the Midland College Registrar's Office.
- Provide evidence of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
- Take the latest version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam.
- Complete BIOL 2401, Anatomy and Physiology I, and BIOL 2402, Anatomy and Physiology II, with a grade of "B" or better in each course.
- Complete the following immunizations two weeks prior to the first hospital rotation: three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine, two doses of mumps-measles-rubella (MMR) vaccine, current tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, and varicella (chicken pox) disease verification or vaccine. Clinical agencies require students to have the current influenza vaccine and tuberculosis screening each year.
- Provide evidence of shadowing a respiratory therapist in a hospital setting.
- Provide a criminal background check. Program personnel will conduct a background check on all applicants.
- Obtain negative result on a urine drug screen scheduled by the department.
For additional information regarding the program or the admission criteria, see the program brochure or contact the Health Sciences Division Office (432-685-4601) or the program chair (432-685-5549). Each prospective student will be advised by the program chair or the clinical director as scheduled through the Health Sciences Division Office.
Learn more about Respiratory Care
To speak with an advisor, contact:
Health Sciences Clerk
Program Chair, Respiratory Care
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