Respiratory Care

What do respiratory therapists do?

Provide effective treatment of respiratory and cardiac disorders, including using life-support equipment and intervening in emergencies and traumas. They also perform cardiopulmonary testing, evaluate patients, and plan care.

What will I study?

Supporting sciences, math, communications, and specialized courses in cardiac and respiratory care. We combine classroom theory and laboratory experience with clinical experience in hospitals and homes.

Where could I work?

Hospitals employ most respiratory therapists, but other employers include home care providers, medical clinics, nursing homes, ambulance services, and companies renting oxygen equipment.

What are my job prospects?

Career and advancement opportunities are excellent, especially for those willing to travel or relocate. With faster-than-average growth, this profession has a bright future with job security and room for advancement.

What credentials can I get?

With our degree, you’ll be eligible to take exams to become a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) or a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).

Where is this program offered?

The Associate Degree Respiratory Care Program is available on the Rowan Campus.

Northeast Kentucky Consortium for Respiratory Care Education Mission and Goals

Admission Requirements

  • 17 years of age or older
  • High school graduate or GED recipient
  • Official transcript of all post-secondary coursework
  • Respiratory Care application   
  • Minimum ACT or Compass scores
  • Documentation of observation hours 
  • Documentation of attendance at a Respiratory Care pre-admission conference (Fall Schedule)
  • All developmental coursework must be taken prior to program admission
  • CPR course must be completed prior to admission
  • Successful completion of pre-requisite courses with a "C" or higher

Get the Respiratory Care Check Sheet

For More Information

Marlene Vice, Professor/Program Coordinator
606-783-1538 ext. 66308

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.