Additional Requirements

Interested in a career in respiratory care?

Come to an information session about our program.



In addition to submitting a selective admission application, you must:

  • Submit all official transcripts from each accredited college attended to TCC Registrar. Request a transcript evaluation be completed.
  • Submit your official high school transcript if you have less than 12 college credit hours.
  • Satisfy reading, writing and math (PDF will open in new window) requirements, A.A.S. programs only.
  • Have met immunization requirements.
  • Have health insurance.
  • Be CPR certified.
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check/drug screening. 

The following information is in accordance to the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Community Standards for Drug Screening, Background Checks and Immunizations  (PDF will open in a new window) as of January 1, 2013.

Immunization Requirements

The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation requires all students in health related programs to be immunized prior to enrollment in classes where patient contact is a component.

Required Vaccines

  • TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis): documentation of 1 dose within every 10 years
  • MMR (Rubeola/Measles, Mumps, Rubella/German Measles): documentation of 2 doses or positive titers
  • Hepatitis A: 1 series of 2 doses required (may take 6 months to complete)
  • Hepatitis B: 1 series of 3 doses required (may take 6 months to complete)
  • Varicella: documentation of vaccination or titer
  • Influenza (Flu Shot): required annually during flu season

Required Screenings

  • Tuberculosis Test: performed every 12 months

Health Insurance

You are required to have health insurance when doing clinical coursework. TCC does not offer College-sponsored student health insurance. The following companies offer student insurance, but are not endorsed by TCC.

CPR Certification

Once you have been accepted into the Respiratory Care Program, you are required to complete you CPR certification–as part of the Practicum-Respiratory Therapy course (RSPT 1166)–during your first semester in the program. Failure to successfully complete the CPR certification portion of this course will prevent you from completing the course and entering clinical sites.

Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening

After you have been accepted into the program, but before you begin your clinicals, you must undergo and pass a criminal background check and drug screening. These screenings will be administered through the College and will be at your expense. There are no exceptions.



Interested in a career in respiratory care?

Come to an information session about our program.

  • Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Time: 5–6 p.m.
  • Place: Trinity River Campus East (map)
  • Room: TRHA 1050

Please let us know you're coming!

Reservation Required

Email and include:

  • Program info session you want to attend
  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your student ID

Schedule of all info sessions for our Health Professions Programs (PDF will open in a new window)





Respiratory Care
Trinity River Campus East
Center for Health Care Professions
245 E. Belknap Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Healthcare Professions Division



Updated September 22, 2015


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