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Workforce Development Degree

Program Description:
The Respiratory Care Program at Tulsa Community College (TCC) is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills and behaviors that are required for successful advanced respiratory therapists. If you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where your technical and scientific responsibilities will be matched by a real need for human relations skills, then the TCC Respiratory Care Program may be for you. Respiratory Care is a health care specialty that offers a set of unique challenges in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of people with lung disorders. As an advanced respiratory therapist, you will be involved in a wide variety of lifesaving and life-supporting situations, working side by side with physicians, nurses and others on the health care team. You will treat patients ranging from newborns to senior citizens. Your expertise will be in demand and opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills will be great.

Program Information:
The Respiratory Care Program at TCC generally accepts 20-25 students each year beginning in the fall term. The general education courses may be taken prior to being accepted into the program to lighten term course loads. Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 1314) is a prerequisite course that must be taken prior to acceptance into the program. The Respiratory Care Program is a 2-year, 5-term, full-time day program consisting of specialized courses offered in a specific sequence. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate Degree in Applied Science and are eligible to apply for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Certification and Registry Examinations.

The Respiratory Care Program at Tulsa Community College is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), 1248 Hardwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021, (817) 283-2835.

Degree Awarded: Associate in Applied Science


For More Information Contact:

Allied Health Services Division: Metro: (918)-595-7002


Application Instructions:
1. Complete the Tulsa Community College Application for Admission and submit it to the Registrar’s Office if you have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year.

2. Send official high school transcript or GED scores to the Registrar’s Office. High school seniors should send a seventh (7th) semester transcript. Upon completion of high school, another official transcript must be sent with final grades and graduation date.

3. Send official college transcript(s) to the Registrar’s Office from each college attended.

4. Send official ACT/SAT scores to the Registrar’s Office. (Each candidate must have either an ACT or SAT score to be considered for the program, regardless of age or educational background.)

5. First-time college students must meet with a counselor regarding COMPASS (college placement tests) and possible high school curricular deficiencies.

6. Send the completed Respiratory Care Program application for admission to the Allied Health Services Division by April 15.

7. In order to enroll in courses that include a clinical component and are part of the program degree plan, students must receive clearance on a criminal background check, including sex offender registry. Potential students need to be aware that drug testing and clearance is a requirement for participation in all clinical components.

Selection Criteria:
A selection committee reviews all applications. Qualified
 applicants will be granted an interview with the Respiratory Care
 Program faculty. Qualified applicants are then ranked from the
 highest to the lowest score according to an established point
 system. The top 20-25 applicants are selected for the next fall 
semester class and are notified of their selection by the first week of May. The selection criteria are based upon the following:

• Cumulative GPA
• ACT/SAT Composite Score
• High School GPA (if less than 12 college credit hours)
• Math and/or Science GPA
• Math and Science ACT/SAT Score
• Interview


General Education Requirements Credit Hours: 19


Biology 4 hours
o+BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology


English 6 hours
*ENGL 1113 Composition I
and select 3 credit hours from the following:
*ENGL 1213 Composition II
*ENGL 2333 Technical/Professional Writing


Psychology 3 hours
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology


Social Science 6 hours
POLS 1113 American Federal Government
and select one course from the following:
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present


Specialized Course Requirements Credit Hours: 53
o *RESP 1233 Applied Sciences for Respiratory Care
o *RESP 1242 Respiratory Care Patient Assessment
o *RESP 1251 Physician/Therapist Interaction
o *RESP 1313 Respiratory Care Theory and Techniques I
o *RESP 1354 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
o *RESP 1403 Respiratory Care Theory and Techniques II
o *RESP 1414 Clinical I
o *RESP 1443 Respiratory Care Pathophysiology
o *RESP 1511 Clinical Procedure Laboratory
o *RESP 1522 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation
o *RESP 2102 Clinical II
o *RESP 2204 Clinical III
o *RESP 2213 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
o *RESP 2324 Advanced Topics in Mechanical Ventilation
o *RESP 2352 Respiratory Care Pharmacology
o *RESP 2414 Clinical IV
o *RESP 2452 NBRC Review
o *RESP 2563 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics
o *RESP 2493 Respiratory Critical Care


Total Credit Hours: 72
*Course has prerequisite (See course description section of catalog).
+Prerequisite to admission into the Respiratory Care Program.
oCourse must be completed with a “C” or above.


General education requirements can be found at: