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Department of Respiratory Care



Master of Science in Respiratory Care APPROVED to begin Fall 2017! 

The Master of Science in Respiratory Care degree   program is a 36-hour, online post-professional program   comprised of a 24-hour core of Respiratory Care (RC)   courses plus a 12-hour option of one of two concentrations, Leadership or Polysomnography. The MSRC combines a research component with a pulmonary physiology foundation required for mid- to high-level clinical specialists, managers, and educators and will prepare individuals to work side-by-side with physicians to provide advanced practice skills. The online delivery system makes possible degree completion for working therapists while remaining employed in their geographic location. Students completing the Polysomnography Concentration are eligible to sit for the Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) subspecialty credential exam administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).


REQUIRED CORE (24-hours)

  • RC 5301 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary Physiology
  • RC 5302 - Clinical Practice Guidelines and RC Protocols
  • RC 5303 - Respiratory Care Research Methods & Designs
  • RC 5304 - Cardiopulmonary Disease Patient Education
  • RC 5305 - Respiratory Care Applied Research
  • RC 5306 - Academic Leadership in Respiratory Care
  • RC 5307 - Advanced Respiratory Care Seminar
  • RC 5308 - Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics & Therapeutics


  • HA 5304 - Healthcare Economics & Financial Theory
  • HA 5321 - Healthcare Law
  • HA 5362 - Healthcare Organizational Behavior/Theory
  • LTCA 5335 - Financial Management in Long Term Care


  • RC 5211 - Polysomnography Instrumentation
  • RC 5214 - Sleep Staging and Diagnostics
  • RC 5215 - Clinical Polysom-Sleep Staging
  • RC 5310 - Fundamentals of Polysomnography
  • RC 5313 - Polysom Therapeutic Intervention

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS - June 15 (resident) or June 1 (international). Applications will be accepted for review after this date for Fall admissions for Fall 2017/

  • For a direct link to Graduate College Admissions go to Graduate College - Respiratory Care
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential granted through the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
  • Must meet the Graduate College's minimum GPA of 2.75 for the last 60 hours of letter-grade coursework
  • Completion of Texas State Graduate College online application through Apply Texas
  • A non-refundable application fee of $40.00
  • One official transcript from each senior level, post-secondary institution attended mailed directly from the institution to The Graduate College
  • Three letter of reference form professionals or academics competent to assess the applicant's interest in pursuing a career or advancing in the field of study
  • A current resume
  • An applicant's written statement of purpose indicating ability and interest in completing the degree program
  • Proof of the RRT national credential administered through NBRC
  • International students must adhere to the requirements stipulated by The Graduate College

BSRC Class of 2017 in New Health Professions Building!

The MOVE is ON!! The BSRC class to be admitted in Fall 2017 will be completing their junior year in the Respiratory Care Program on the San Marcos campus and attending clinical rotations in San Antonio & Austin area hospitals.  With the new Health Professions Building on the Round Rock campus expected to be ready in late spring 2018, the Respiratory Care Department will be moving to the Round Rock campus for this class to complete their senior year in the new building while attending all clinicals in the Austin area.  The new building will have more than double the space with each lab holding 48 students plus research spaces for exciting new opportunities for students and faculty.  A brand new building for the graduating class of 2019!

Watch the new Health Professions building go up!

Click on the link for a view at what is happening today on the Round Rock campus as the new Health Professions building goes up!  We can't wait to be in that beautiful new building!

Welcome to the Department of Respiratory Care

RC Students in Action

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 Respiratory Care program at Texas State recently celebrated its 44th 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.  The 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).

CONGRATULATIONS -- BSRC Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to Mariah Castano (Sr), Amber Hazelett (Sr), Eddie Perez (Sr), and Linda Sandate (Jr) for being chosen as recipients of $500 scholarships from the Coalition for Baccalaureate & Graduate Respiratory Education (CoBGRTE) national organization. Texas State snatched up FOUR of the 10 national spots for the scholarship! GO BOBCATS!!

Scroll Ceremony for College of Health Professions and Respiratory Care Juniors

Scroll Ceremony for Class of 2018

The College of Health Professions held its 2nd Annual Scroll Ceremony for the new cohorts admitted to the eight academic programs in the college.  Students and faculty joined in the celebration of the Oath of Practice as healthcare professionals dedicating themselves to provide the highest quality care and services.  As you can see, the Class of 2018 was completely represented with the faculty, as well.

Welcome Class of 2018

Class of 2018

The Texas State Department of Respiratory Care faculty, staff and administration WELCOME the new Junior class of 44 BSRC students that will be the graduating Class of 2018!  Following a day of New RC Student Orientation, this highly qualified class is ready to begin their professional education. We are excited to have this high-achieving group of men and women join our university and become BSRC, RRT graduates in 21 months!


Coming Soon!! Study Abroad for RC Students!
Georgetown, Guyana -- South America

Guyana Study Abroad Goals

Goals of the experience are to enhance the awareness and understanding of healthcare team professionals in Guyana of respiratory care and its vital role on the healthcare team and to demonstrate the respiratory care knowledge necessary to function in the clinical setting. Students will promote the exchange, develop, and coordinate demonstration of the art, science and application of respiratory care.  The semester abroad experience is proposed for winter break during December 2017- January 2018.

Welcome Bobcat Alumni!

We have recently added an Alumni page to better connect with all our incredible Bobcat Alumni who are part of our Respiratory Care and Polysomnography family.  It would be amazing to hear from you and ensure we have current info regarding your complishments and professional leadership.  We have also provided information on our student scholarships, if you are interested in giving a tax-deductible gift toward a scholarship of your choice.  You know from going through our program that we are always grateful for any type of gift--whether a cash gift or a gift-in-kind.  Any kind of giving will result in a tax-deductible acknowledgement of your generousity--got a spare ventilator just sitting around gather dust??

Of course, if you want to name one of our labs or the entire Respiratory Care Program, we certainly can provide information on naming rights, as well!

Please click on this Alumni link and update your information with us.  We are excited about the growth and opportunities ahead for our programs including advancing degrees as part of our strategic plans for the future and we want you to be "in the know" at all times about your Bobcat home in Respiratory Care and Sleep.

Come visit us soon in beautiful San Marvolous.....remember?

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!


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.



Student / Graduate Publications

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.

The faculty of the Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State have a combined RC teaching experience of over 115 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

AARC Times PSG (PDF, 967 KB)

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.

CoARC Accreditation

The Texas State University Respiratory Care Program offers the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree program (CoARC #200197) and the Polysomnography Option Program (CoARC #400197) at the San Marcos, Texas campus with both programs being fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

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