Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care coursework and accreditation information
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree is a 125-semester-credit-hour program. The preprofessional phase of the program requires completion of 42 semester credit hours related to the Texas Core Curriculum and an 18-semester-credit-hours program prerequisite course prior to admission. The preprofessional phase requirements must be completed at any accredited college or university. The professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care consists of 65 credit-hours of upper-division courses taken at the UT Health Science Center and includes respiratory care coursework and clinical practice.
Our professional phase is approximately 23 months long and dedicated to clinical and academic excellence. Our students receive approximately 1,000 hours of in-hospital clinical experience.
We offer graduates the opportunity to gain the foundation needed to assume professional leadership roles in clinical practice and clinical specialty areas.
Goals of the Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program are:
- To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by a registered respiratory therapist (RRT)
- To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by acquiring skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research and advanced clinical practice
The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and recognized as a distinguished RRT credentialing success program. Learn more about our accreditation. Program outcomes data can be found on the CoARC website.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, to award certificates and baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. The institution was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2008. The institution's accreditation extends through 2018, and includes all programs offered on the institution's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Health Science Center.
Note: The Commission should only be contacted 1) to learn about the institution's accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's accreditation review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. All normal inquiries about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the Health Science Center and not the Commission's office.