Medical Education and Training Campus for the Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program

Thomas Edison State University has been selected to partner with the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, to provide a degree completion program for the Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program (IRTP). Upon the completion of this program, students will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy.

Since August 2010, Thomas Edison State University has provided an 8-week general education portion to the Army Respiratory Therapy training program prior to the didactic phase. 

During this period, Army students complete three courses taught in a classroom setting at Fort Sam Houston.  These courses will fulfill the remaining general education requirements needed for degree completion. The three courses are:

  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY-101)
  • Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics (MAT-105)

Academic Prerequisites

Transfer credits to complete the degree program requirements must be from a regionally accredited colleges or universities or from credit-by-exam programs such as the University-Level Exam Program (CLEP) or DSST Exams, and meet Thomas Edison State University's academic policies and requirements for transfer credits. 

These courses must be transferred to the college within the first few weeks of the course. 

Army students are required to enter the program with the following credits completed:

  • 3 semester hours of English Composition 101 with a C or better from a regionally accredited college
  • 3 semester hours of Humanities (i.e. Art, Communications, Speech, Foreign Language, Philosophy, etc.)

AAS Credit Distribution

Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 21
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 9
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College Mathematics (MAT-105 or higher)
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 7
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Science (Anat & Phys I, BIO-211)
C. General Education Electives 5
II. Area of Study - Respiratory Therapy Theory & Clinical 21
Occupational Therapy Asst Foundations (OTA-101) (3)
Occupational Therapy Client Evaluations (OTA-120) (4)
Occupational Therapy Client Interventions (OTA-121) (6)
Occupational Therapy Client Conditions (OTA-122) (4)
Occupational Therapy Client Reasoning (OTA-123) (4)
III. Free Electives 18
Total 60 credits

Earning Additional Credits
Thomas Edison State University conducted an academic program review of the Army’s Respiratory Therapy Specialists Program, which enable students to earn 21 additional credits toward the Associate in Applied Science degree. Remaining credits will come from transfer credits and credits awarded from the students’ Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) transcript.

CRT Examination & Earning RRT Credentials

Students who complete the degree program are eligible to challenge the entry-level National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) CRT examination to become a certified respiratory therapist.  Because the program is now a level 2 training program, students who pass the CRT examination are also eligible to challenge the Registry Examination immediately.  Those who pass will be granted Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials.  The CoARC number associated with this program is 200585.

Future Degree Plans for Respiratory Therapists

Thomas Edison State University has additional degree programs for students who wish to continue their education.