Jess Hoskins, Coordinator
Jason Asher, Instructor
Angie Mills, Instructor
The Respiratory Care program at Somerset Community College is located at the Laurel Campus.
*All students planning to apply to the next Respiratory Therapist Program, beginning August 2017 MUST attend a Pre-Admission Conference prior to applying. Pre-Admission Conference Dates.The Respiratory Therapist program at Somerset Community College prepares graduates to provide and manage client care by becoming members within the discipline of respiratory care. Graduates are prepared and eligible to take credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to practice as entry level practitioners (CRT) as well as advanced level practitioners (RRT). Like most states in the nation, Kentucky has a mandatory certification law for Respiratory Care Practitioners. This certification gives the holder the right to practice respiratory care in the Commonwealth. Reciprocity exists between Kentucky and most all other states.
Respiratory Therapists work as important members of the health care team and provide treatments to clients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Most therapists are employed in cardiopulmonary medicine or respiratory care departments of hospitals. Others are employed by home health agencies, pulmonary rehabilitation programs, pulmonary function laboratories, medical device companies, and physician offices. For further information regarding this profession, please visit www.AARC.org.
Download Respiratory Care Program Overview (pdf)
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be a competent Registered Respiratory Therapist.
Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as Registered Respiratory Therapists.
Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate the technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as Registered Respiratory Therapists.
Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as Registered Respiratory Therapists.
The Respiratory Therapist program has been awarded Continuing Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835 or www.coarc.com