Respiratory Care

Academics & Accreditation

Program Goals

To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content with objectives related to the acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, and advanced clinical practice (which may include an area of clinical specialization).

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be a competent entry-level respiratory therapist. Competency will be assessed in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. The outcome measures to address competency will be the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential, employer satisfaction, and graduate satisfaction.


To enhance the quality of healthcare through the efforts of our graduates' clinical, scholarly, and research activities. We envision our graduates assuming leadership roles in clinical practice, education and research.


The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

CoARC's mission is to ensure that high quality educational programs prepare competent respiratory therapists for practice, education, research, and service. Program accreditation by CoARC is necessary in order to be eligible for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) professional credentialing examinations. At this time, only Alaska does not require licensure/credentialing to practice.

The UTMB Respiratory Care program #200413 has been granted full accreditation status through November 30, 2026. To view UTMB accreditation and outcomes data as compared to other accreditation programs, view CoARC’s outcome data.

For verification, you may contact the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care:

P: 817-283-2835

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