Respiratory Therapy Program


Associate of Applied Science Degree

(575) 527-7607

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty encompassing the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of problems affecting the respiratory and cardiovascular system.

Respiratory Therapy practitioners work side-by-side with physicians, and other healthcare professionals in the hospital setting. They set up oxygen, perform  pulmonary function testing, set up and maintain ventilators, administer respiratory drugs, and evaluate patient health status.

Respiratory therapy is a rapidly growing, people-oriented profession. The demand for practitioners is increasing in New Mexico and throughout the United States. While most graduates continue to find employment in hospitals, opportunities are opening up with medical equipment suppliers and agencies providing home health care to pulmonary patients.

The Respiratory Therapy program at Doña Ana Community College is a fulltime program that leads to an associate of applied science degree. Through classroom instruction and laboratory practice, students develop the knowledge needed to care for patients. They acquire additional hands-on experience in the clinical setting at surrounding hospitals. The curriculum and clinical hour content is based on the National Standard Curriculum from the American Association of Respiratory Therapy (AARC) and the national accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC),

The Respiratory Therapy Program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The  program is designed to prepare students to have mastered competency in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the cardiopulmonary patient. Upon  completion of the program graduates are eligible to sit for their national licensure certification and registry examinations.


The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Rd
Bedford, TX 76021
(817) 283-2835

Program Documents

Program Application

  • Application packet with detailed instructions on applying for the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Course Progression

  • Course outline for prerequisites and program required coursework.

Program Brochure

  • Program brochure with more detailed information about the Respiratory Therapy Program.

Degree Plan

  • Respiratory Therapy Degree Plan

Mission Statement

DACC is a responsive and accessible learning-centered community college that provides educational opportunities to a diverse community of learners in support of workforce and economic development.

Disabilities Support Services

Dona Ana Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs or activities
The ADA coordinator for DACC, located in room DAMA 117 (telephone, 527-7545), has been designated to oversee compliance with the nondiscrimination requierments contained in Section 35.107 of the Department of Justice Regulations. Information concerning the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided thereunder are available from the ADA coordinator.