Respiratory care is a rapidly expanding medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of people with cardiopulmonary disorders. South Plains College offers a two-year program that culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree in respiratory care. This degree confers eligibility to apply for the Entry-Level and Advanced-Level Therapist examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care. A successful score on the Entry-Level examination qualifies the applicant as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and allows application for a Texas Respiratory Care Practitioner license. Successful completion of the Advanced-Level examination leads to the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential (RRT). The program also awards a Tech Prep Enhanced Skills Certificate upon completion of additional technical courses.
Program director is Ron Edwards, instructor in respiratory care.