Prepare for a fast-paced, high-demand career. Blend high-tech training with compassionate care as you gain the skills required to be a specialist in assessing and treating people with breathing and cardiopulmonary disorders. Work closely with doctors, nurses and other clinicians in emergency rooms, critical care units, diagnostic centers, clinics and home health care organizations.

Program Goals

SFCC’s Respiratory Care Program prepares students to become knowledgeable, competent, effective, and ethical respiratory care practitioners consistent with the professional, community, and employer expectations of registered respiratory therapists (RRT). Graduates will have demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.

Graduate Opportunities

Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. They provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of acute trauma, heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

  • Hospital rapid-response team
  • Pediatric hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Physician offices
  • Pulmonary function laboratories
  • Home medical care companies
  • Ground and air medical ambulance transport services
  • Sleep study centers
  • Neonatal intensive care units

NBRC Certification

Students who successfully complete the A.A.S. in Respiratory Care are eligible to apply to sit for the board examination series administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Graduates who successfully complete the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) and Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE) exam series are eligible for licensure as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).

Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) The TMC Examination is designed to objectively measure essential knowledge required of respiratory therapists at entry into practice, as well as determine eligibility for the Clinical Simulation Examination. There are two cut scores for the TMC Examination. If a candidate achieves the low cut score, he or she will earn the CRT credential. If a candidate achieves the high cut score, he or she will earn the CRT credential AND become eligible for the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE), (provided the candidate is eligible to earn the RRT credential).

TMC Admission Policy

1. Be 18 years of age or older.


2. Be a graduate of and have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE)

CSE Admission Policy

  1. Be a CRT and have successfully completed the Therapist Written Examination (WRRT) or the Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination (TMC) at the high cut score.


  1. Be a graduate of and have a minimum of an associate degree from a respiratory therapy education program supported or accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions. For more information on transfer, refer to the Transfer of Credit section, the SFCC Respiratory Care web page, or speak with an academic advisor.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Respiratory Therapists, at (visited April 15, 2021).

Respiratory Care Program Online Application

Application Form 2022-2023 | Application Instructions 2022-2023 | SWOT Analysis Example

Respiratory Program Course Sequence

Fall Semester: (14.5 credits) (16 weeks)

Course # Course Hours Credits
AHAC 151 Basic Life Support (On Own, exp. date 2/2024 or later) 0.5/0 0.5
RESP 112 Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology CP (Block 1 – 5 weeks) 3/2 4
RESP 120 Therapeutic Modalities (Block 3 – 5 weeks) 3/4 5
RESP 122 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology I (Block 1 – 5 weeks) 1/0 1
RESP 125 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I (Block 3 – 5 weeks) 1/0 1
RESP 130L Clinical I (Blocks 2 and 4) 6 weeks off campus 0/9 3

3 Weeks off between Semesters

Spring Semester: (16 credits) (18 weeks – early start)

Course # Course Hours Credits
RESP 160 Ventilator Management (Block 3 – 4 weeks) 3/4 5
RESP 162 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (Block 1 – 4 weeks) 3/2 4
RESP 164 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology II (Block 5 – 2 weeks) 2/0 2
RESP 166 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II (Block 5 – 2 weeks) 1/0 1
RESP 170L Clinical II (Blocks 2, 4 and 6) 6 weeks off campus 0/12 4

 Spring break, off and 2 weeks off between semesters

 Summer Semester: (9 credits) (10 weeks – early start)

Course # Course Hours Credits
RESP 214 ACLS (Block 1 – Week 5) 1/2 1
RESP 220 Respiratory Care Seminar – Critical Care Topics (Block 1 – 4 weeks) 3/2 4
AHAC 281 Respiratory Care Seminar – Alternate Sites (Block 3 – 2 weeks) 1/0 2
RESP 230L Clinical III (Block 2)3 Weeks off campus 0/6 2

 2 weeks off between semesters

 Fall Semester: (13 credits) (17 weeks – late finish or early start)

Course # Course Hours Credits
RESP 240 Professional Development (Blended online / on campus course – 16 weeks) 2/0 2
RESP 260 Neonatal Pediatric Respiratory Care (Block 2 – 3 weeks) 2/2 3
AHAC 284 PALS (Block 2) 1/0 1
RESP 270L Clinical IV (Block 1 and Block 3)12 weeks off campus 0/21 7

Program Elective (Any Semester)

Course # Course Lecture/Lab Hours Credits
RESP 298 Respiratory Therapy Internship (Can be taken in any semester and can be repeated for up to 6 credits total) 0/ 0.5   – 1

*The SFCC Respiratory Care Program is taught in Blocks and alternates between campus-based courses and clinical courses.

Accreditation/Programmatic Outcomes

Program ID 200549
Institution Santa Fe Community College
Address 6401 Richards Ave
City Santa Fe
State NM
Zip Code 87508
Degree AAS
Institution Type Community College or Junior College
Institution Control Public/Not-For-Profit

264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
(817) 283-2835


Total Grads 2019 (National Avg=17) 7
Total Grads 2018 (National Avg=16) 7
Total Grads 2017 (National Avg=15) 11
Max Annual Enroll 2019 (National Avg=31) 18
Total Enroll 2019 (National Avg=19) 12
Total 2018 Enroll (National Avg=20) 9
Total 2017 Enroll (National Avg=18) 11
Retention (Threshold=70%; Nat’l Avg=92%) 100%
Job Placement (National Avg=87%) 72%
TMC High Cut Score (Threshold =60%; National Avg=87%)  92%
RRT Success (National Avg=78%) 88%
Employer Satisfaction (Threshold=80%; National Avg=99%) 100%
Graduate Satisfaction (Threshold=80%; National Avg=99%) 100%

Table 1-CoARC Programmatic Outcomes
Data report, April 2021

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

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