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Welcome to the Department of Respiratory Care

We appreciate your interest in the Respiratory Care profession, the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program (BSRC) offered at Texas State University, and our graduate program in polysomnography (sleep diagnostics). 

The Texas State University Respiratory Care Program offering the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree and the Polysomnography Option Program at the San Marcos, Texas campus is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

(817) 283-2835

The Respiratory Care program at Texas State recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary at Texas State and our department represents the first established program in the College of Health Professions in 1972.  Since that time, over 1400 graduates from our program can be found in areas of healthcare leadership and management, education, research, clinical practice, and medical equipment development/sales throughout the U.S. and abroad. 

The current RC faculty has over 125 years of collective teaching experience in Respiratory Care at Texas State.  Respiratory Care and Sleep Specialty Programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and allow graduates to sit for the national board exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and the Board for Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). 

The Texas State RC Program student-to-teacher ratio for all fulltime & adjunct faculty per cohort class of 40 students is 4-to-1 and for each PSG class of 10, the ratio of 3-to-1.  We are dedicated to provide the knowledge and skills required to become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT), Registerered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT), or Sleep Disorder Specialists (SDS).

Sharon front pageWelcome New RC Faculty Member

Mrs. Sharon Armstead, EMBA, RRT

Clinical Assistant Professor

The Department of Respiratory Care is pleased to introduce our newest full-time faculty member in our BSRC Program, Mrs. Sharon Armstead.  Mrs. Armstead joins with the faculty with a BSHS degree in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care and an Executive MBA degree from Grand Canyon University.  Originially completing her RC education and credentialing as a RRT in Canada, she spent two years at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia returning to the US to work in Houston and Austin-areas as a therapist.  Most recently, she was the Respiratory Care Department Manager of Kindred Hospital Central Texas Rehabiliation Hospital in Austin.  Mrs. Armstead brings a wide range of leadership and clinical instruction experiences. Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Armstead to Texas State and the RC Department.

 

Research & Recent Publications

Part of the role of faculty is to be involved in ongoing research and publication of our findings in peer-reviewed professional journals and books to advance new knowledge in the field of Respiratory Care.  Students are encouraged to work with faculty on research projects and some studies result in a publication for students and faculty.  Below are recent publications of faculty, students, and graduates.

 

Faculty

pdf iconAssessing RT Awareness of Donor Referral : Assessing RT Awareness of Donor Referral Criteria.PDF(PDF, 96.7 KB)

Student / Graduate Publications

pdf iconCorrelation between SE and Risk of OSA : Correlation between SE and Risk of OSA(PDF, 404.4 KB)

New BSRC Class of 2013-2015 Orientation Day

Orientation Day 2013The newly admitted Respiratory Care cohort of 44 students, the Class of 2013-2015, began their professional education with a day of Orientation on Thursday, August 22.  An awesome mexican food lunch was provided with discussion of the program ahead, many free give-away prizes for all, and "personality typing" using the True Colors assessment workshop.  What a great way to begin 5 semesters of learning and growing this great class into becoming a professional healthcare provider as a competent Registered Respiratory Therapist!

2013 RC Awards Night

Each year the Department of Respiratory Care celebrates our outstanding students in RC Awards Night ceremony.  This year, on Friday, April 13, students and their family/friends enjoyed an evening of special recognition for their accomplishments.

 

Scholarly Achievement (GPA 3.40-3.69)

Scholarly Achievement(Left to Right) Brent Roberts, Lauren Elford, Felipe Arellano, Benjamin Velazquez, Piper Shannon, Aracely Martinez, Samantha Blondell, Krizia Martinez. (Not pictured: Mary Davis, Diana Ibrahim, Evan Perez, Giau Nguyen)

 

 

 

 

Academic Excellence (GPA 3.70-4.0)

Academic Excellence(Left to Right) Trung Nguyen, Russell Wuertzer, Alyssa Strauss, Erica Talamantez, Adryn Jester, Tymonee Stanley. (Not pictured: Stelle Barile, Tracy Smith)

 

 

 

 

 

Sam W. Marshall Scholarship

SWM Scholarship(Left to Right) Alyssa Strauss, Brandy Molina, Samantha Blondell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lambda Beta National Honor Society for Respiratory Care

Lambda BetaThe 2012 Lambda Beta inductees for the Naitonal Honor Society for Respiratory Care are (Left to Right): Trung Nguyen, Felipe Arellano, Alyssa Strauss, Russel Wuertzer, Adryn Jester, Piper Shannon, Krizia Martinez, Lauren Elford, Benjamin Velazquez. (Not pictured: Diana Ibrahim &  Evan Perez)

 

Jorge Rodriguez--MD Anderson Leader

A great example of leadership can be found in Houston at MD Anderson in the Respiratory Care Department.  Just ask Texas State RC Grad Jorge Rodriguez about the opportunities his BSRC degree has opened up for him there.  Recently, Jorge co-authored an article on Ensuring Adequate Nutrition Support for the Ventilated Patient" An Interdisciplinary Approach with a fellow healthcare professional from the pharmacy department.  MD Anderson publishes Critical Decisions as a continuing education publication for dietitians and respiratory therapist.  Click on the link:  tmp/fckeditor/7d274a29-38ad-11e1-87b0-016969c7c608/CD_1.pdf  or the pdf below and learn how important it is to make sure mechanical ventilator patients in the ICU have enough nutrition and calories for weaning trials.  GOOD JOB, JORGE!! We are proud of you!

Graduate Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology for RTs

The Department of Respiratory Care is pleased to offer a graduate certificate in Polysomnographic Technology.  The PSG program is the only program offered at the graduate level in the nation and provides 15 graduate hours in sleep technology that may be applied toward graduate degrees, such as the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) degree.  Following the 9-month graduate certificate program, students will receive a graduate certificate from Texas State and notation on their graduate transcript denoting the certificate.  The graduate certificate qualifies for all credentialed respiratory therapist to sit for either/both the Registered  Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT) or a Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) national credentials. 

Sleep studies, or polysomnography, is an exciting area of healthcare in which the sleep profession perform technical &  diagnostic evaluations of a broad range of sleep disorders.  Respiratory Therapist represent a large portion of the sleep technology workforce. For more information, check under the "Degrees & Programs" tab above.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

This spring, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offered an incredible national conference for graduating seniors from BSRC Programs called "Rx for Success."  Seniors were invited to compete for an all expense-paid trip to Philadelphia to tour the CHOP facility and interview with the Respiratory Therapy Staff regarding the amazing things being done there.  Six of our senior ladies were chosen and represented Texas State as the largest number of students from any RC Program in the country and were known as the "Texas Ladies" in Phili!  Below are some pictures and reflections of their experiences they wished to share. Our six STARS in the center photo below are (Left-to-Right) Whitley Joiner, Ashley Marks, Sarah Porter, Amanda Johnston, Aimee Holt, and Olivia Williams.  THANKS ladies and a very special thanks to CHOP!

CHOP "Rx for Success"


The faculty of the Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State have a combined RC teaching experience longevity of over 103 years at Texas State alone!  Our dedicated faculty have one goal in mind.....helping our students achieve the goal of the BSRC degree and the RRT national credential.

Polysomnography/Sleep Study Resources

Clinical Education

The Department of Respiratory Care offers exciting learning opportunities through clinical practice at participating facilities in the Austin - San Antonio area.

Respiratory Care Student Association (RCSA)

rcsa    The RCSA serves the Respiratory Care student body by providing     opportunities for student social events, community events and healthcare outreach, fundraising, and cohort support.

Respiratory Care Career Network

We are happy to offer our BSRC majors and graduates a link to the Respiratory Care Career Network posting job opportunities around the region. This resource can also be found under the "Student Resources" tab across the top of the RC website. Just click on the link below.

www.aftercollege.com/career-networks/texas-state-university-san-marcos/respiratory-care-program/