Respiratory Care

Do you enjoy helping others? Are you interested in serving people in an impactful way that could help save or improve lives? If you’re looking for a career that is both highly challenging and rewarding, then you may want to consider the respiratory care degree pathway at UTSA.

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This is not a major you can apply for. UTSA helps students complete the pre-requisites to get into this field. This program is offered through UTSA’s Health Professions Office. In order to participate in this program, you must:

  • Meet the RCEAP eligibility requirements
  • Click the apply button on the Health Professions Office webpage and apply between August 15 and April 1.
  • If selected, participate in an interview with members of the RCEAP selection committee to assess your communication skills, motivation, knowledge about the health profession, maturity, character and personality.
  • If accepted, commit to the RCEAP by July 1 of the same year.

Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Early Acceptance Program (RCEAP) is a partnership between the University of Texas at San Antonio and UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA) that provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from UTSA and a Master of Science in Respiratory Care from UTHSA in five years instead of six.

In the 3+2 program, you’ll spend your first three years at UTSA majoring in either biology or kinesiology health sciences. After you complete your program requirements at UTSA, you’ll then transfer to the UTHSA School of Health Professions to finish the remaining two-year curriculum. Once complete, you’ll graduate with both a B.S. from UTSA and an M.S. from UTHSA that will prepare you for a career in respiratory care. Learn more at

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Careers in Respiratory Care

Top job titles for respiratory care graduates include:

  • Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory care is a highly specialized profession requiring specific education and licensure. Approximately 7,000 job openings requiring respiratory care credentials were posted in the United States between February 2019 and January 2020. Over that time, Texas saw a much higher than average demand, with particular need in Houston and the surrounding areas. Other locations with higher than average need for respiratory care professional include the areas surrounding Atlanta, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Detroit.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for Respiratory Care Graduates

Respiratory is a niche field with few avenues for professional use. Graduates should expect to qualify for licensure in the field of respiratory care. Fields in which respiratory care may be an applicable course of study include:

  • Health Care
  • Education and Development
  • Business Services
  • Engineering, Design and Production

Salaries for Respiratory Care Graduates

The salary range for open respiratoy-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $46,001
median $55,824
top 10% $68,697

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Respiratory Care Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a respiratory care graduate, some are more commonly sought than others. Respiratory care may be a good fit for you if:

  • Working with others
  • Detail Oriented
  • Help Others
  • Problem Solving