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

Applications for the Respiratory Care program are now being accepted! The deadline to Apply is June 1, 2018. 

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

  1. Apply to Cisco College
  2. Contact Melody Cusson or Tracy Talley 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. 


MATH 1314: College Algebra (3 hours)
MATH 1342: Elem. Statistics (3 hours) 

About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Applied Science Six Semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Courses

    Pre-Requisite Courses: 

    MATH 1314: College Algebra (3 hours)
    MATH 1342: Elem. Statistics (3 hours) 

    Specialized Course Sequence: 

    First Semester (Fall)Second Semester (Spring)
    RSPT 1201: Intro to Respiratory Care2RSPT 1240: Advanced Cardiopulmonary A & P2
    RSPT 1160: Clinical Respiratory Care1RSPT 1331: Respiratory Care Fundamentals 23
    RSPT 1329: Respiratory Care Fundamentals3RSPT 1361: Clinical Respiratory Care3
    RSPT 1207: Cardiopulmonary A & P2
    Third Semester (Long Summer) Fourth Semester (Fall) 
    RSPT 2317: Respiratory Care Pharmacology3RSPT 2266: Practicum / Respiratory Care2
    RSPT 2314: Mechanical Ventilation3 RSPT 2353: Neonatal / Pediatric Pulmonary 3
     RSPT 1261: Clinical Respiratory Care2RSPT 2210: Cardiopulmonary Disease3
    Fifth Semester (Spring)Sixth Semester (Long Summer)
    RSPT 1141: Home Care / Rehab1RSPT 2231: Clinical Simulations in Respiratory Care2
    RSPT 2267: Practicum / Respiratory Care
    2RSPT 2167: Practicum Respiratory Care1
    RSPT 2305: Pulmonary Diagnostics3
    RSPT 2355: Critical Care Monitoring3
    RSPT 2139: Advanced Cardiac Life Support1
    *All Respiratory classes held Monday - Thursday. 

    Additional Courses  Required to attain an Associate of Applied Science Degree:

    ENGL 1301: Composition 1 (3 hours) 
    BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (4 hours) 
    BIOL 2402: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (4 hours) 
    Humanities / Fine Arts Elective (3 hours) 
    PSYC 2301: General Psychology (3 hours) 
    BIOL 2421: Microbiology (4 hours)

    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.

  • Potential Career Paths
    • Respiratory Therapist
    • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Equipment Sales
    • Educator
  • Salary Information

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Meet the Faculty

​Melody Cusson

Program Director Respiratory Care/Therapy Professor 
Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4506

Curriculum Vitae

Tracy Talley

Respiratory Care Professor 
Director of Clinical Education
Abilene Campus

Curriculum Vitae

Duree Davis

Adjunct Instructor - Respiratory Care