In accordance with the Mission of Cisco College, the Respiratory Care Program is committed to providing quality-learning opportunities that serve the needs of our students, the citizens of our service area, and to meet the needs of area employers. In addition, the Respiratory Care Program’s expectation is to prepare graduates to function as competent respiratory care practitioners, serving society through their professional roles.

The program’s goal 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).”

Respiratory therapists are members of a team of health care professionals working in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. As members of this team, respiratory therapists should exemplify the standards and ethics expected of all health care professionals.

Respiratory therapists must be sensitive to the needs of patients who have serious physical impairments, work well as a member of a team, have superior communication skills, have the ability to pay close attention to detail, and follow instructions carefully.

Cisco College offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. Students completing the program are eligible to seek Registered Respiratory Therapist recognition from the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Application Procedure

To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Care program, interested persons should:

  1. Apply to Cisco College.
  2. Fill out the Respiratory Care Program Admissions Application and Health Form.
  3. Contact for additional information and to complete the Respiratory Care application process.

Be advised that many clinical sites utilized throughout the various Health Sciences programs at Cisco College require a background check and/or drug screen before students can participate in the clinical portion of the program.

Respiratory Care Cost Sheet


BIOL2401 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 hours)

BIOL2402 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 hours)

MDCA1313 Medical Terminology (3 hours)

Please see pages 116-118 of the Cisco College Course Catalog for complete course information.

About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Applied Science Five Semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Potential Career Paths
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Equipment Sales
    • Educator
  • Multimedia

  • Courses

    Pre-Requisite Courses:

    BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I - 4
    BIOL2402 Anatomy & Physiology II - 4
    MDCA 1313 Medical Terminology - 3

    TOTAL - 11

    Specialized Course Sequence:

    First Semester (Fall)Second Semester (Spring)
    RSPT 1201: Intro to Respiratory Care2RSPT 2216: Pharmacology2
    RSPT 1160: Clinical Respiratory Care1RSPT 1361: Clinical Respiratory Care II3
    RSPT 1410: Respiratory Care Procedures I


    RSPT 1331: Respiratory Care Procedures II3
    RSPT 1340: Advanced Cardio A & P


    BIOL 2421: Microbiology for Science Majors (Lecture & Lab)

    ENGL 1301: Composition I3
    Third Semester (Summer I)
    RSPT 2414: Mechanical Ventilation4
    RSPT 2147: Specialties in Respiratory Care1
    RSPT 1261: Practicum / Respirator Care2
    Fourth Semester (Fall) Fifth Semester (Spring)
    PSYC 2301: General Psychology3

    Language, Philosophy & Culture, Creative Arts Elective

    RSPT 2358: Respiratory Care Patient Assessment
    RSPT 2367: Practicum / Respiratory Care
    RSPT 2353: Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care
    3RSPT 2231: Simulations in Respiratory Care
    RSPT 2210: Cardiopulmonary Disease
    RSPT 2131: Board Exam Prep
    RSPT 2266: Practicum / Respiratory Care
    RSPT 3139: Advanced Cardiac Life Support



    *All Respiratory classes held Monday - Thursday.

    After successful completion of the required curriculum, students earn an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to seek Registered Respiratory Therapist recognition from the National Board For Respiratory Care.

  • Salary Information

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Meet the Faculty

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Taylor Alexander

Director of Clinical Education
Respiratory Care Program
Abilene Campus

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Bonnie Coxe

Full Time Instructor
Respiratory Care Program
Abilene Campus

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Shellie Wilson

Program Director
Respiratory Care Program

Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4506