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Respiratory Care, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) San Marcos, TX, United States| Online
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care (BSRC) degree at Texas State Universityprepares students to practice as respiratory care professionals and take their place as a key healthcare team member. 
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Skilled in assessing patients with breathing disorders in the emergency room, intensive care units and many other areas in healthcare facilities, respiratory therapists work directly with physicians on newborn, pediatric or adult patients to analyze oxygen levels and breathing difficulty. 

Therapists administer medications to relieve breathing distress, provide pulmonary/lung therapies, and conduct lung diagnostics for all ages. Graduates find employment in many settings such as hospitals, pulmonary rehabilitation clinics, doctors' offices, sleep labs, homecare, and air-life transport teams working with patients in the emergency room, newborn/pediatric/adult intensive care units, and many other areas.

Opportunities to gain experience

Respiratory Care (RC) majors at Texas State University take lab and lecture classes on the Round Rock campus and gain clinical experience in Austin-area hospitals. Students successfully admitted to the program must complete the sequenced curriculum within the cohort group. Individuals taking core courses prior to applying for admission to the RC program should contact the College of Health Professions’ Advising Office. 

The BSRC Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and qualifies graduates to sit for national board credentialing exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) through the National Board for Respiratory Care immediately upon completion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introduction to Respiratory Care
  • Pharmacology
  • Pulmonary Function Testing.
  • RC Clinical Practice I
  • Respiratory Care Instrumentation
  • Cardiopulmonary - Renal Anatomy & Physiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Applicants must submit original academic records (or copies which have been certified by an appropriate school official) of all secondary and post-secondary course work, examination results, SAT or ACT test scores (directly from the testing center), certificates awarded, and/or diplomas. A certified English translation must accompany the original academic records if the originals are not in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11240 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11240 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Marcos

  • 921 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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