Planning on visiting Galveston soon? Why not plan on attending an SHP Open House?
to the Respiratory Care Department! If you are interested in or have questions about the
Respiratory Care Program at UTMB, please call us at (409) 772-5693 or email
Debbie Hamilton, our
Departmental Secretary. You may also
Request Program Information Online.
Did you know the Respiratory
Care Profession is considered one of the top 25 best jobs for 2013? It
is! U.S. News and World Report just published its list of 100 best jobs
for next year, and “respiratory therapist” came in at No. 24 overall and
No. 13 in the health care category.
Respiratory Therapists work as part of the health
care team in hospitals, cardiopulmonary diagnostic laboratories,
rehabilitation centers and home care agencies. They work with physicians
and other health professionals in health care planning, evaluation, and
treatment of patients with cardiac and pulmonary disorders.
As clinicians they perform therapeutic and life
support procedures including the administration of oxygen and
aerosolized medications, breathing treatments, chest physical therapy
and mechanical ventilator support. In addition, they perform diagnostic
tests that assess cardiac and lung function and operate physiologic
monitoring equipment and life support systems in the critical care
A Matter of Life and Breath - Respiratory Therapist
The Department of Respiratory Care offers several different tracks
for students interested in the Profession of Respiratory Care. The
tracks begin with an entry level bachelors degree and advance to the
The Entry Level Bachelors Degree (BSRC) or Foundation Program is
designed for those just beginning their professional training with
little prior knowledge of Respiratory Care, and requires 60 semester
hours of prerequisites for admission and 87 semester hours (2 years) of
professional course work after entry into the program. During the Senior
year of the program, students become eligible to sit for the National
Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Entry Level Examination (required for
State licensure) and the (NBRC) Registry Examinations. Passing these
NBRC exams is a requirement for graduation.
The AS to BSRC BridgeProgram designed for graduates of
other types of Respiratory Care Programs who have passed the NBRC
Registry examinations, provides for up to 50
semester hours of block credit. In addition to the same 60 semester
hours of prerequisites required for admission to the Foundation program,
AS to BSRC (career ladder)
students must complete 37 hrs
semester hours of professional courses after entering the program.
The RC Department opened a new Masters
Degree Program in the Spring of 2012. This program leads to a Master of
Science Degree in Health Professions with a specialty in Respiratory
Care. The MS in Health Professions is a degree targeting individuals who
are registered therapists and are looking to advance their training in
one of the four specialty areas of management, education, research or
clinical practice. The masters curriculum is predominantly a web-based
In addition the Department offers two dual degree tracks for students
wishing to combine their Bachelors Degree in Respiratory Care with a
Graduate Degree in Physician Assistant Studies or a Doctoral Degree in
Physical Therapy. The BSRC must be completed before entering these
Graduate Degree programs.