Medical Education & Training Campus for the Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program

Thomas Edison State College 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.

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 College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) or DSST Exams, and meet Thomas Edison State College's academic policies and requirements for transfer credits. 

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

Navy 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 English Composition 102 with a C or better from a regionally accredited college
  • 3 semester hours of Humanities (i.e. Art, Communications, Speech, Foreign Language, Philosophy, etc.)
  • 3 semester hours of Social Sciences (i.e. Psychology, History, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, etc.)
  • 3 semester hours of Mathematics

AAS Credit Distribution

Subject/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 21
A. English Composition I & II 6
B. Humanities 3
C. Social Sciences 3
D. College Mathematics 3
E. General Education Electives (Anatomy & Physiology, BIO-211 & BIO-212) 6
II. Area of Study - Respiratory Therapy Theory & Clinical 21
III. Free Electives 18
Total 60 credits

Earning Additional Credits
Thomas Edison State College conducted an academic program review of the 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’ Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (SMART) 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 College has additional degree programs for students who wish to continue their education.