Are you a problem-solver who’s also compassionate, sensitive and personable? Are you ready for a fast-growing health career? If so, take a look at El Centro’s Respiratory Care Program.

What Does a Respiratory Therapist Do?

Respiratory therapists (also called respiratory care practitioners) provide hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions that affect the lungs.

Whenever breathing is an issue, respiratory therapists are there. They specialize in treating people with diseases such as asthma, emphysema, heart disease and more. Respiratory therapists also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock. They work in almost every area of health care, with patients ranging from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients with diseases.

Respiratory Care At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Respiratory Care jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2024. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing jobs listed by CareerOneStop are in health care occupations.

CareerOneStop projects positions for respiratory care technicians to increase by 31% through the coming decade. Respiratory therapists rank 11th of its top 100 fastest-growing jobs requiring at least an associate degree.

Respiratory therapists are listed as a targeted occupation in Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ 2017 top local job openings, showing 1,600 job openings.

See more about careers in Respiratory Care.

Degrees or Certificates in the Respiratory Care Program

El Centro College

El Centro College is the only college in DCCCD to offer the Respiratory Care program with the

Graduates can apply for the entry-level credentialing examination to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). After CRT certification, graduates may apply for the advanced practitioner examination to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Passing the entry-level examination enables the graduate to earn licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) in the state of Texas.

The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (1248 Harwood Road; Bedford, Tex. 76021-4244; Phone: 817-283-2835).

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit

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