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Respiratory Care (437)

The information below is strictly for current cohort students. No future students will be accepted into the Respiratory Care program.

Southern State Health Sciences Banner, Respiratory Care

Offered on: Fayette Campus (Day)

Nature of Profession

Respiratory care practitioners are members of the health care team who provide respiratory care for patients with heart and lung disorders under the direction of licensed physicians. The scope of practice of a respiratory care practitioner includes general care, neonatal critical care, pediatric critical care, adult trauma care, diagnostic testing, rehabilitation, home care, education and research.

Additional information may be viewed in the "CAREERS" and "STUDENTS" areas of

Program Design

The program is designed to be completed in five semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Admission to the respiratory courses requires written acceptance by the program director according to the admission requirements listed on the special respiratory care application. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to being admitted into the respiratory courses. Continuation in the respiratory care program requires a minimum grade of "C" in all courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average of "C". There is a time limit on completion of science and respiratory course requirements.

Program Goal

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).


The Southern State Community College Respiratory Care program holds Continuing Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). To review the CoARC Programmatic Outcomes please visit The SSCC Respiratory Care program number is 200516.

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



Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2205 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHEM 1120 Introduction to Chemistry I 5
MATH 1116 Beginning Algebra 3

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
BIOL 2206 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PHYS 1140 Physics for Allied Health Sciences 3
RESP 1101 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 5
RESP 1102 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
RESP 1107 Pharmacology for the Respiratory Therapist 1
RESP 1110 Respiratory Therapeutics 5
RESP 1115 Cardiopulmonary Disease 3

Third Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
RESP 2204 Pediatrics & Neonatal 3
RESP 2205 Critical Care I 6

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
RESP 2206 Critical Care II 7
SOCI 1107 Introduction to Diversity 3

Fifth Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
RESP 2209 *Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings 1
RESP 2210 **Capstone 2
RESP 2223 Capstone Clinical 4
Program Total: 65

*First 1/2 of term, **Last 1/2 of term