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Mission & Vision Statement

  • Mission Statement: The Respiratory Care Program is committed to the development of competent respiratory care and polysomnography professionals through academic and clinical learning of mastery competencies, the stimulation of professional growth through scientific curiosity, and the fostering leadership skill development.  The program is directed toward advancing critical-thinking skills in preparing graduates for cardiopulmonary and sleep consulting and leadership roles in various healthcare delivery systems.  The curriculum is structured to encourage a lifelong habit of research advancement, continuing education, and professional skill growth.
  • Vision Statement: The vision of the Department of Respiratory Care is to produce quality graduates who meet the expectations of the communities of interest served by the program, to establish and maintain an excellent national reputation, and to be a leader in innovative educational endeavors in the profession. As a means to accomplish the vision, the Respiratory Care Departmental Goals include:
  • Advancing the curriculum as national higher education & professional standards evolve
  • Maintaining accreditation by meeting new essentials set by CoARC in respiratory care and polysomnography theory & clinical practice
  • Recruiting and maintaining racial, gender, and ethnic diversity in both the faculty and students
  • Encouraging faculty to pursue professional development through participation in advanced specialty credentialing and professional continuing education
  • Encouraging faculty & students to participate in professional organizations and community service projects
  • Increasing external funding for the university, college and department through grant activity and entrepreneurship
  • Utilizing the Texas State Sleep Center to meet the educational and research needs of the students and faculty while meeting the diagnostic and treatment needs of the Texas State campus faculty, staff and student body
  • Utilizing the Texas State Sleep Center to meet the sleep diagnostic and treatment needs of San Marcos and the surrounding region as it pertains to education and research
  • Encourage students to purse graduate education to advance competency in areas of education, research, management, and professional specialties


  • Goals Statement: The goals of the Respiratory Care and the Sleep Specialist Programs are
  1. To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
  2. To prepare sleep disorder specialists with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of polysomnography practice as performed by sleep disorder specialists (SDS).