Respiratory Care

VC’s Respiratory Care Program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree. Successful completion of this program will enable graduates to take a series of national board exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

As a respiratory therapists you will work under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders.

You may work in any of a number of settings, including:

  • Hospitals giving breathing treatments to people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. 
  • Intensive care units managing ventilators that keep the critically ill alive. 
  • Emergency rooms delivering life-saving treatments. 
  • Newborn and pediatric units helping children with conditions ranging from premature birth to cystic fibrosis. 
  • Patients' homes providing regular check-ups and making sure people have what they need to stay out of the hospital. 
  • Sleep laboratories helping to diagnose disorders like sleep apnea. 
  • Skilled nursing facilities and pulmonary rehabilitation programs helping older people breathe easier and get more out of life. 
  • Case management programs helping devise long-term care plans for patients.

In addition to basic academic classes, the Respiratory Care Program also includes specialized training such as:

  • Pulmonary diagnostics
  • Respiratory home care and rehabilitation
  • Basic dysrhythmia interpretation
  • Pediatric advanced life support

VC’s Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory care may be combined with the core curriculum to transfer to a four-year university. There are many specialization options available to continue your education in healthcare.

Watch the Respiratory Care Program Video

Respiratory Care: What's in Your Toolbox?


Contact Us

Chris Kallus
Respiratory Care- Program Chair and Professor
Phone: (361) 572-6491

Ceci Oldmixon

Respiratory Care- Clinical Director
Phone: (361) 572-6460


Jessica Briones
Administrative Assistant II
Phone: (361) 572-6426

Apply to the Program

See departmental website for admissions information.

Degree Plans

AAS Degree - Respiratory Care

Allied Health Clinical Orientation & Requirements

In addition to the above degree program, Victoria College offers a number of training courses for Healthcare Professions through its Workforce & Continuing Education Department.


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