Welcome to the School of Health Professions
Department of Respiratory Care

20th Annual Respiratory Care Symposium
"Sharing Pearls of Wisdom"
March 19 - 20, 2015
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Welcome to the Department of Respiratory Care. We're thrilled you're interested in our program.  Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty are dedicated to ensure your success in our program. Our curriculum will prepare you for a career in respiratory care.  The overall board exam pass rate for graduates of our program is 100%.


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


Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program are eligible to sit for the Entry Level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Examination and the exams to achieve the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential for Advanced Respiratory Therapists, given by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Passing the Entry Level CRT Examination is required for licensure in Texas.


The overall goal of our Respiratory Care program is to provide a high-quality education that is relevant and professionally sound to meet the respiratory care leadership needs in the health care community. Inherent in this purpose is the goal to prepare respiratory care practitioners who can demonstrate the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to meet the changing needs in our community and in South Texas. We look forward to an opportunity to meet you and assist you with your career choice to become a respiratory therapist.


De De Gardner Donna (De De) Gardner, MSHP, RRT, FAARC
Associate Professor and Chair
(210) 567-7960