There is only one public and one for-profit institution located directly in Dallas that offer respiratory therapy programs. Based on distinction, school type and student population, the following college is considered a top Dallas school for respiratory therapy studies:
- Winner: El Centro College in Dallas is a community college that's part of the Dallas County Community College District. This school offers an associate's degree in respiratory therapy.
School Info Chart
|Category||El Centro College|
|Distinction||Flagship institution of the Dallas County Community College District, one of the largest community college systems in Texas*|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,560 (in-district); $2,910 (in-state); $4,590 (out-of-state)**|
|Respiratory Therapy Degrees Offered||Associate's|
|Respiratory Therapy Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013||15**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||4% (only 15% of entering students were counted as 'full-time, first time' in 2013)**|
|Noteworthy||Respiratory therapy program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care|
Sources: *El Centro College; **NCES College Navigator
El Centro College
- Respiratory therapy faculty have real-world experience
- Respiratory therapy program consists of classroom instruction, lab exercises and clinical experiences
- Graduates are eligible to apply for the National Board of Respiratory Care credentialing exams
The first of seven colleges in the Dallas County Community College District, El Centro College offers 50 technical and occupational programs through its two campuses, where it hosts more than 10,000 students annually. The Division of Health and Legal Studies provides training in the healthcare professions, such as sonography, paramedic, nursing and medical assisting. There is also a program in respiratory therapy.
Classes in the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care program begin with learning medical terminology and how to do a basic health assessment. Focusing on homeostasis, students then explore the physiology of major body systems and the impact of disease. Pharmacology, public speaking, psychology and the physics of respiratory therapy complete the necessary framework of knowledge.
In the second half of the program, students learn about the techniques and equipment used for respiratory therapy, and they practice care skills such as postural drainage, percussion, lung expansion therapy, bedside spirometry and blood gas analysis. Respiratory care protocols include those for specific patient populations; among these are neonatal and pediatric patients, home care patients and those on mechanical ventilation. The AAS in Respiratory Care program is a competitive program, and only the top tier of applicants is admitted each year.