Consistent with the mission of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, the faculty of the Respiratory Care Program is committed to serving the educational needs of the citizens of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This mission will be accomplished by providing enthusiastic students a high quality instruction, preparing the graduate with employable skills as an entry level therapist, preparing the graduate to be successful on the National Board for Respiratory Care’s "Entry Level CRT Examination" and the "Written Registry and Clinical Simulation Examination" for advanced-level students. A caring team of educational faculty, clinical instructors and physicians supports the program’s mission with expertise in various aspects of respiratory care and a commitment to education. An extensive array of didactic resources and a wide variety of clinical practicum experiences at various Lower Rio Grande Valley affiliate sites will provide graduates with the skills and versatility needed to function in a variety of health-care facilities. The program will be conscientious about health-care needs and educational requirements.