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Department of Respiratory Care

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).

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!

Health Professions 1 on Round Rock Campus

The construction of the new health professions building at Texas State University's Round Rock Campus is underway.  The state-of-the-art-building, Round Rock Health Professions 1, will provide instructional space for the College of Health Professions' departments of Communication Disorders, Physical Therapy, and Respiratory Care and the associated research labs, the Physical Therapy and Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics, and the Respiratory Care's Sleep Center.  The building will open late spring 2018 with classes beginning in the summer 2018.

HERE COME THE SENIORS OF 2016!!

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.

 

Faculty

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.

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

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 (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

(817) 283-2835