A Respiratory Therapy associate degree will help you treat patients with breathing problems.

The goal of the Respiratory Therapy A.A.S. 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).

Once accepted into the Respiratory Therapy program at Spencerian College, you begin a two-year advanced track curriculum that prepares you to pass your credentialing examination and work as a respiratory therapist. Respiratory therapists (RTs) are part of a dynamic medical team treating patients with lung and breathing disorders. As an RT, you can interview, evaluate, treat and educate patients in a hospital setting. You can also administer breathing medication(s), oxygen, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), manage ventilators and draw arterial blood gases. The program can be completed in 24 months with our evening classes.

The Respiratory Therapy program at Spencerian College holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) - program # 200581. This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent and has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Self Study Report (SSR), and other documentation required by the CoARC Board. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Initial Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Once you complete the program under Provisional Accreditation, you are considered a graduate of a CoARC accredited program.

Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: http://www.coarc.com/47.html.

Commission on Accreditation For Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

The Respiratory Therapy program only has evening courses. Schedules vary but courses may be Monday-Thursday evenings. Beginning in the third quarter, there are Friday-day, Friday-evening, Saturday-day and/or Saturday-evening clinical assignments. Students are accepted in the Winter and Summer quarters only.

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Class Title
Credit Hours
110 College Success Strategies
121+ English I
122+ English II
151+ College Mathematics
171 Medical Law & Ethics
172 Anatomy & Physiology I
173 Anatomy & Physiology II
176 Medical Terminology
245 Career Development
293+ Personal Psychology
BIO100 Fundamentals of Science
BIO200 Essentials of Clinical Microbiology
RES100 Introduction to Clinical Assessment
RES200 Respiratory Fundamentals I
RES300 Respiratory Fundamentals II
RES305* Respiratory Clinical I
RES400 Respiratory Fundamentals III
RES402 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
RES405* Respiratory Clinical II
RES500 Respiratory Pharmacology
RES505* Respiratory Clinical III
RES600 Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
RES605* Respiratory Clinical IV
RES701 Respiratory Therapy Seminar
RES705* Respiratory Clinical V
RES801 Respiratory Therapy Registry Review
RES805* Respiratory Clinical VI
SOC214+ Introduction to Sociology
Total Credit Hours

+General education course

*The clinical requirement consists of 840 hours. Students may be placed in day, evening, or night shift clinical rotations depending on availability and course sequence. Some courses may require onsite clinical skills training. Students may not receive payment/reimbursement of any type for clinical hours required in their academic program. Students may also not perform these clinical hours with their employer in the capacity of their regular position. Some clinical settings may require TB, other specific tests or proof of current inoculations, and screening through the child abuse registry.

Respiratory Therapy Department has an additional policy and procedure manual.

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Louisville Campus
This program is offered at the following campus:
  • Louisville Campus


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