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Respiratory care, also known as respiratory therapy, is a profession that specializes in providing care to patients who have illnesses that affect heart and lung function, among other disorders. Respiratory therapists are uniquely qualified to assist in diagnosing, treating, and managing acute and chronic cardiopulmonary disorders.

Baptist College, in partnership with Baptist Memorial Health Care, has been educating and preparing respiratory therapists for more than forty years. The bachelor of health sciences degree provides a strong foundation in general studies and comprehensive professional courses that emphasize the science of cardiopulmonary pathophysiology.

Students participate in a variety of clinical experiences designed to prepare them for the diverse practices of the profession. Clinical practicum hours begin during a student’s junior year and continue through the senior year. During students’ graduating term, senior students have the opportunity to select and design a professional internship that aligns with their individual goals for future practice as a respiratory therapist. Clinic experiences include:

  • Caring for patients in neonatal, pediatric and adult intensive care units
  • Assisting physicians in diagnostic interventions such as cardiac catheterizations, lung biopsies, and sleep studies
  • Participating in specialized teams for emergent care such as rapid response teams, EMS transport, high-risk labor and delivery teams


The respiratory care program of Baptist College of Health Sciences (Baptist College) will provide educational content that facilitates students’ development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to perform the roles and responsibilities of baccalaureate-prepared respiratory care practitioners.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the respiratory care program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.
  • Demonstrate competence in the interpretation of cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing, basic respiratory care techniques, pulmonary function, radiographic and laboratory studies.
  • Provide basic and advanced respiratory care therapeutics, in a variety of health care settings, with an ability to safely treat and evaluate patients’ response.
  • Appropriately implement a plan for patient and staff education techniques with consideration to culturally competent behaviors and professional domains.
  • Effectively collaborate to provide direction and input into decisions regarding the provision of respiratory care services and resources.

Program Accreditation

The RC program is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The contact information for CoARC is 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021, 817-283-2835, The CoARC number for our program is 20048. CoARC holds recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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