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Department of Respiratory Care

Welcome to the Department of Respiratory Care

RC Students in ActionWe 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 42nd 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).

Bobcat RT's rock NICU Transport!

NICU Transport Team

Graduates from Texas State's BSRC Program are everywhere across the state and country.  Here you see four TxState grads (L-to-R) Minerva Rodriguez, John Alexander, Tim Farmer--NICU Transport Supervisor--and Valerie Gomez, in front of the STARFlight helicopter at St. David's Medical Center as part of the 8 RT's and 5 RN's that fly on the transport team.  GO BOBCATS!!
 

Pre-clinical Practice makes perfect!

DrRussianCongratulations Dr. Russian!

Dr. RussianWe are so proud to announce the bestowing of a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the College of Education with a major in Education-Adult, Professional and Community Education upon Dr. Christopher J. Russian on August 8, 2014.  Dr. Russian's Dissertation was entitled "A Qualitative Study to Determine Perceptions of Neonatal and Pediatric Clinical Education in an Allied Health Profession." 

 

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 iconSx Catheter Research(PDF, 796.7 KB)
pdf iconPhysiology of Sleep-2013(PDF, 8294.9 KB)

Student / Graduate Publications

New BSRC Class of 2014-2016 Orientation Day

Class of 2014-16The newly admitted Respiratory Care cohort of 40 students, the Class of 2014-2016, began their professional education with a day of Orientation on Thursday, August 21.  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!

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.  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!


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/