Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care at Zane State College

Interested students can begin taking general education courses at Zane State now and begin Respiratory Care courses in Summer 2021.

More than ever, respiratory care providers are in increasing demand. Zane State College is responding to the need by offering a Respiratory Care associate degree through an education consortium with Rhodes State College. Students can enroll NOW for classes that begin this summer. Interested students can begin taking general education courses at Zane State now and begin Respiratory Care courses in Summer 2021. 

This career is ideal for those who have a passion for helping others. Patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock. (

Respiratory care practitioners are prepared to administer pulmonary care under the direction of licensed physicians. Respiratory therapists assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and breathing disorders. These tasks include administering medical gases, breathing tests, medications by inhalation and drawing of blood for analysis. Respiratory care practitioners are required to have knowledge of special life-support equipment and methods of monitoring critically-ill patients.

Individuals educated as respiratory therapists must complete a minimum of two years of education. Upon completing the minimum education, graduates are eligible to sit for the national board examinations to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and then a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, advanced level).

Registered respiratory therapists assume primary clinical responsibility for all respiratory care modalities. Therapists scope of practice includes specific knowledge of cardiopulmonary and renal anatomy, pathology, clinical management, therapeutics and diagnostics. Excellent communication skills are necessary in order to consult with physicians and other members of the health care team. The most important standard in the profession of respiratory care is for practitioners to serve as role models in matters concerning health by abstaining from the use of tobacco products at home, school and work environments.

The Respiratory Care Program is offered in partnership with Rhodes State College. Students will take Rhodes State classes via remote instruction at Zane State College. Rhodes State has offered a fully-accredited Respiratory Care Program since 1980.

Please click here for the Rhodes State website for full details.

All students who apply for acceptance into the Respiratory Care Program have their name placed on a qualified list after they meet the program qualifications listed below.

In addition to the general admission requirements for all students, the following specific requirements must be completed before being added to the qualified list:

  1. Attend a mandatory program specific orientation. 
  2. Have a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for any previous college-level course work at the time of selection and matriculation. 
  3. Complete all required college level math, writing and reading courses and prerequisites with a grade or D or higher, and all college level science requirements and prerequisites with a grade of C or higher; or equivalent placement.

Once the student is admitted into the Respiratory Care program, the program admitted students must show completion of the below requirements prior to start of first term (summer):

  1. Complete 16 hours of observation with a respiratory care practitioner in a hospital of the applicant’s choice. Appointments with the hospital are made by the applicant.
  2. Complete an interview with the Respiratory Care Program chairperson or director of clinical education.

Degree Details

Major: Respiratory Care
Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Location: On Campus/Remote
Duration: 2 Years
Type: Health
Course of Study: DURS_COS_20-21

Program Highlights

  • The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $61,330 in May 2019 (
  • Employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. (
  • Respiratory therapists held about 134,000 jobs in 2018. (


Richard N. Woodfield, Jr., D.M.
Provost & Chief Academic Officer


Zane State College is offering the Respiratory Care Program in partnership with Rhodes State College: Respiratory Care Program number 200324 is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (, Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 (817) 283-2835. To view Programmatic Outcomes Data: