Program Cost Analysis


First Year

Approx. Cost
Per Semester
First Year
First Year
First Year
Tuition and Fees $850 $895 $385
Books $735 $160 $130
Miscellaneous $50 $50 $50
Uniforms $200 N/A N/A
Total $1,835 $1,105 $565


Second Year

Approx. Cost
Per Semester
Second Year
Second Year
Tuition and Fees $660 $825
Books $440 $500
SAE $40 $225
Miscellaneous $50 $50
Total $1,190 $1,600


Approximate Total Cost: $6,295

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


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. 


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



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

Healthcare Professions Division



Updated October 27, 2014


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