Admission

Applications for admission into the Respiratory Care program will be accepted for consideration only if the applicant:

  • Has been accepted to TSC. Admission to TSC — Contact the enrollment office for admission requirements (956) 295-3600.
  • Submits a complete application for admissions to the Respiratory Care Program. Admission application deadline is the last working day of May.
  • Submits official transcripts to Respiratory Care Program to verify completion of BIOL 2301, ENGL 1301, and MATH 1342 (or MATH 1314) with a grade of “C” or b​e​t​t​e​r​.​
    [Prerequisite courses must be completed PRIOR to applying to the program]
  • Writes a one page application letter or letter of intent indicating “Why I Have Chosen the Respiratory Care Profession”
  • Provides letter of recommendation
  • Complete a drug screen and background check through CastleBranch Solution

Applications will be accepted from September 1st to the last working day of May. They will be reviewed and ranked by prerequisite course grades, college GPA, previous degree, and application letter. Those students submitting a complete application on or before the deadline date will be given priority for acceptance. Students submitting an application on or before deadline date but are requiring additional semester (Summer) to complete prerequisite course(s) cannot be guaranteed acceptance if enrollment capacity is met prior to completion of their prerequisite course(s).

If there are more successful applicants than the program can accept in a given admissions period, a waiting list will be developed based on the dates of the original applications. Those students accepted into the program will be informed of their acceptance status by way of a letter, to the address indicated on their application. Students accepted into the program will be required to attend an orientation.

FOR PRACTICING CRTS WISHING TO BECOME ADVANCED LEVEL THERAPISTS (RRT) 
Respiratory Care practitioners who possess the CRT credential and who wish to obtain the advanced level (RRT) credential may apply to the Respiratory Care Program to take the advanced level courses. Admission requirements for the advanced level certificate are:

  1. Complete an application to the Respiratory Care program
  2. Must have earned the CRT credential (passed CRT exam)
  3. Must have a GPA of 2.5

Mail complete application to:
Texas Southmost College
Division of Health Professions
Respiratory Care Science Program Application
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
OR
Hand deliver complete application to:
ITEC Center
Allied Health
Respiratory Care Science Program Application
301 Mexico Blvd Office H3A
Brownsville, Texas 78520

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508, 85th Leg., R.S. (2017), amended Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code to add Subchapter E relating to notice to applicants to and enrollees in certain educational programs regarding the consequences of criminal conviction on eligibility for an occupational license.

Pursuant to Chapter 53, Subchapter E, of the Texas Occupations Code, please be advised that Texas Southmost College offers programs that lead to an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001. Licensing authorities may have guidelines concerning prior criminal convictions that would make an individual ineligible for issuance of a given license. If you are enrolled in a program that may prepare an individual for an occupational license and/or if you later decide to change to a program that prepares you for an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001, in accordance with state law, please be advised of the following:

  1. An individual who has been convicted of an offense may be ineligible for issuance of an occupational license upon completion of the educational program;
  2. Each licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes an educational program must establish guidelines which state the reasons a particular crime is considered to relate to a particular license and any other criterion that affects the decisions of the licensing authority.
  3. Local or county licensing authorities may issue additional guidelines related to criminal history. Applicants should contact their respective local or county licensing authority for more details.
  4. A person may request a criminal history evaluation letter regarding the personal eligibility for a license issued by a licensing authority under Texas Occupations Code 53.102.

Note that the provisions of Chapter 53 of the Texas Occupations Code relating to the consequences of criminal conviction do not apply to licenses granted by the Supreme Court of Texas, law enforcement officers (Texas Occupations Code Chapter 1701), emergency medical services personnel (Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 773), or persons licensed by the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, the State Board of Dental Examiners, or the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners that have been convicted of a felony under Chapter 481 or 483 or Section 485.003 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. If you are seeking one of these licenses, please be aware that other provisions of the law may be applicable relating to the consequences of criminal conviction.

All applicants to and enrollees of Texas Southmost College are encouraged to review all applicable eligibility requirements related to the respective occupational license. Questions related to eligibility requirements should be directed to the applicable licensing authority.