Program Cost Analysis

2012–2014

First Year


Approx. Cost
Per Semester
First Year
Fall
First Year
Spring
First Year
Summer
Tuition and Fees $766 $468 $364
Books $721 $142 $102
Miscellaneous $50 $50 $50
Uniforms $200 N/A N/A
Total $1,737 $660 $516

 

Second Year


Approx. Cost
Per Semester
Second Year
Fall
Second Year
Spring
Tuition and Fees $624 $780
Books $396 $427
SAE $35 $215
Miscellaneous $50 $50
Total $1,105 $1,472

 

Approximate Total Cost: $5,490

This estimate is for Tarrant County residents. The total does not include price changes for new textbooks, cost for transportation, meals, parking fees, etc., that may be incurred when attending clinical practice.

Tuition for out-of-county Texas residents is an additional $23/semester hour. 

Length of Program

21 months

Degree

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Deadline for Applying

June 1

Eligibility for National Registry and State Licensure

All graduates are eligible for NBRC entry level exam (CRT) along with the following exams:

  • RRT
  • CPFT
  • RPFT
  • NPS
  • ACCS
  • SDS
  • AE-C

Curriculum Including Academic Courses

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Microbiology
  • Essentials of General & Biological Chemistry
  • English Composition I
  • Speech
  • Human Relations/Psychology
  • Humanities elective

Job Opportunities

  • Hospital
  • Sub-acute
  • Home care
  • Physician office
  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Asthma educators
  • Hospice care
  • Polysomnography/sleep studies
  • Exercise and stress testing
  • Transport/careflite medicine

Approximate Working Hours

8-12 hour shifts. Varies upon setting.

Starting Pay

According to the 2009 Human Resources Study from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), the projected annual earnings of Respiratory Therapists (RTs) working in the U.S. is $62,223.

In this study, therapists just beginning their careers reported average annual earnings ranging from $42,078–47,297, which is approximately $20–23/hour.

Other Comments

  • Competitive admissions.
  • Student must be 18 years of age upon admittance.
  • There is little or no time for outside work during program.
  • Students will have a great amount of patient contact with rotations through area hospitals and health care facilities from the second semester until the end of the program.
  • A career in respiratory care is rewarding and lends itself to many different job opportunities.
  • Current and future job market is excellent. 

Note

Students with certain felony convictions may not be allowed to be licensed by the state of Texas to practice respiratory care.

 

Contact

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

Healthcare Professions Division
allied.health@tccd.edu

 

 

Updated October 07, 2014

 

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