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Department of Respiratory Care

Welcome to the Department of Respiratory Care

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Thank you for your interest in the Respiratory Care profession, the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Program (BSRC) offered at Texas State University, and our MSRC graduate program in Leadership or  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 44 students is 4-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).



Master of Science in Respiratory Care -- enroll any semester! 



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 "rolling curriculum" allows graduate students to enroll in the MSRC at the beginning of any semester...Fall/Spring/Summer. 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). For more information, click on

Willow Hall and the move to Round Rock Campus

In the Summer of 2018, the Department of Respiratory care will move from San Marcos to the Round Rock Campus.  We are excited abou this move and invite you to learn more.  Please see our frequently asked questions (FAQ) below for more information.

Willow Hall 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!

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On Saturday, September 9th, the new BSRC Class of 2019 joined the College of Health Professions Fall 2017 cohorts in the eight departments for the CHP Annual Scroll Ceremony on campus.  The 500+ plus students took an oath to provide profession, patient-centered care in their particular area of health professions.  We are excited to welcome our 44 new juniors and look forward to next 21 months getting them RRT ready!



Welcome Class of 2019

Class of 2019

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 2019!  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!

The faculty of the Department of Respiratory Care at Texas State have a combined RC teaching experience of over 125 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. Shown above, is retiring faculty member Bill Wharton, who faithfully taught over 1,200 students in his 42 years of teaching at Texas State University.  Thanks Bill!!

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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Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

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