Respiratory Care Admissions Requirements


Victoria College's Respiratory Care Program number 200372 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (


    Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

    1248 Harwood Road

    Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

    Phone (817) 283-2835


The Victoria College Respiratory Care Program was selected to receive the pdf Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. This award is presented as part of the CoARC's continued efforts to value the RRT credential as a standard of professional achievement.

The program has been placed on probationary accreditation effective November 21, 2015. Based on the 2015 Annual Report of Current Status, the program did not meet the threshold for attrition, (2012-2014 average). Applicants can visit the CoARC website to see the Programmatic Outcomes Data of all programs.


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.


What is a Respiratory Therapist?

Respiratory therapists are the health specialists who evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. They work under the direction of a physician and assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with pulmonary disorders. For a more in-depth discussion visit the AARC website's What is a respiratory therapist.

What students can expect?

Upon successful completion of the two-year AAS degree program, the graduate will be eligible to take a series of national board exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Respiratory Therapists are the health specialists who work under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.  Learn more by watching the AARC video Breath of Life.

What is required to enter the program?

Applicants must meet special entrance requirements and complete a pdf department application. Students are strongly encouraged to complete ALL general education courses prior to admission to the program. (See pdf program prerequisites and courses listed in the degree plan.

It should be noted that as a Respiratory Therapist you must be able to walk at a fast pace, climb stairs rapidly, have good peripheral vision, and lift objects weighing over 25 pounds. Applicants must meet all Technical Standards

Students who anticipate applying to the Respiratory Care Program for the fall MUST have their first hepatitis B injection no later than March 1. Students who have not completed the hepatitis B series by September 1 will not be able to enroll in the Respiratory Care Program.

What is the cost of the program?

In addition to tuition, fees, and textbooks, respiratory care students are responsible for uniforms and related items used while enrolled in the program. 

Victoria College has a variety of financial assistance programs available to qualifying students including scholarships, loans, and grants. For additional information on financial assistance, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (361) 572-6415, or visit with a financial aid counselor in the Student Services building.

Once in the program, what can students expect?

The program is designed with great attention to the professional standards and requirements as outline by our regulating agencies. Students will be engaged in didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction each week. The pdf program faculty is committed to student success and professional integrity. The program has multiple clinical affiliates where students will receive clinical training.

The program is designed to offer students a comprehensive learning experience not only with didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction but is committed to the growth of the student as a professional. To that end, the program has a student service organization, S.C.O.P.E., which students are required to hold pdf membership during their enrollment in the program. During the final semester of the program, students can become eligible for induction in the pdf Lambda Beta Society, which is the profession's national honor society. Students are also encouraged to become members of the state society (TSRC) and the national association (AARC) while in the program as a part of their integration into the profession. 

What are the career opportunities and median pay for an RT?

Employment is expected to grow by 28% from 2010-2020, faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Visit the Bureau website for additional information and average pay scales. 

As a respiratory therapist you will find that you have numerous career opportunities. Some of these are:

  • Staff Therapist - acute care or long term care facility
  • Critical Care - Adult, Pediatric, Neonatal Intensive Care
  • Diagnostics - EEG, EKG, Pulmonary Function Testing, Echocardiography & Ultrasonography
  • Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Polysomnography (Sleep Lab)
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Home Care
  • Research/Education

Want to continue your education and get an advance degree?

Using your associate degree in respiratory care, you can attain a bachelor's degree in applied technology, education, management, or respiratory care. You can even use respiratory care as a bridge to become a physician's assistant, or apply to medical school.


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