Respiratory Therapy

Advisory Committee Members

Dr. Juan Manuel Ortiz, MD, Medical Director
Mary Lopez, McAllen Medical Center
Ramsey Rodriguez, RRT, McAllen Medical Center
George Barajas, RRT, Mission Regional Medical Center
Robert Vargas, RRT, Lee’s Pharmacy
Hermelinda G. Lopez, Starr County Hospital
Dr. Genny Carrillo, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Fernando Zepeda, RRT, Knapp Medical Center
Marylou Arguijo, RRT, Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance
Yvette Ysaguirre, RRT, Rio Grande Regional Medical Center
Kenneth Smith, CRT, Rio Grande Regional Medical Center
Jose Echiveste, RRT, Edinburg Regional Medical Center 
Jovita Garcia, RRT, Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen
Amita Gomez, RGV Community Member
Nianna Gustovich, RGV Community Member

Respiratory Therapy Associate of Applied Science


Plan of Study Grid
Pre-requisite SemesterCredit Hours
RSPT 1201 Introduction to Respiratory Care 2
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I 1 4
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MATH 1414 College Algebra 1 4
 Credit Hours17
First Semester
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 1 3
Select one of the following:
General Psychology  
Lifespan Growth and Development  
Introductory Sociology  
Social Problems  
Humanities Elective 1 3
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Logic  
Introduction to Ethics  
Introduction to Humanities I - Western  
RSPT 1410 Respiratory Care Procedures I 4
RSPT 1325 Respiratory Care Sciences 3
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
RSPT 2325 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3
RSPT 2310 Cardiopulmonary Disease 3
RSPT 1411 Respiratory Care Procedures II 4
RSPT 2217 Respiratory Care Pharmacology 2
RSPT 1260 Clinical I 2
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
RSPT 1137 Basic Dysrhythmia Interpretation 1
RSPT 1261 Clinical II 2
 Credit Hours3
Fourth Semester
RSPT 2314 Mechanical Ventilation 3
RSPT 1141 Respiratory Home Care/Rehabilitation 1
RSPT 2353 Neonatal/Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care 3
RSPT 2139 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
RSPT 2362 Clinical III 3
 Credit Hours11
Fifth Semester
RSPT 2319 Mechanical Ventilation for the Neonatal/Pediatric Patient 3
RSPT 2363 Clinical IV 3
RSPT 2231 Simulations in Respiratory Care (CAPSTONE) 2
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours66