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Department of Respiratory Care

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Welcome to the Department of Respiratory Care!


We are delighted that you are interested in our respiratory care educational programs at the UT Health Science Center. Our programs are designed to prepare you for a rewarding and exciting career as a respiratory therapist and our nationally and internationally recognized faculty are dedicated to ensuring your success. In 2015, the NEW Master of Science in Respiratory Care (MSRC) degree program was approved with the first class scheduled to begin in August of 2015. The MSRC program is open to students who have no prior health care experience. This is the FIRST accredited MSRC program in Texas and is one of only four first professional degree masters’ programs in the country. The MSRC provides a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in health care to become leaders in the respiratory care profession. Programs offered within our department include:

  • NEW! Master of Science in Respiratory Care
  • Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
  • Bachelor of Science Online Program for Registered Respiratory Therapists with an Associate Degree.


In 2007, the respiratory care program at UT Health Science Center was visited and reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The program received a 10-year approval indicating full compliance with all accreditation standards. The Master of Science in Respiratory and Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care programs are fully accredited by CoARC and program outcomes data can be found on the CoARC website.


Graduates of the Master of Science in Respiratory Care and Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care programs are eligible to sit for the board examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care. The overall board exam pass rate for the class of 2014 graduates was 100%. Successful completion of the examinations allows graduates to apply for state licensure.


Please review our web pages to learn more about the respiratory care profession and our department. If you have questions, contact us and one of our admissions representatives will be glad to speak to you. I look forward to having your join our programs and this dynamic profession!


De De Gardner Donna (De De) Gardner, DrPH, RRT, FAARC
Associate Professor and Chair
Steven Lloyd Barshop Endowed Professor of Respiratory Care
(210) 567-7960