Respiratory Care

Info Graph Respriatory: 2015 Median pay $37,240 per year; 2015 employment in KY 223

Program Information?

The Respiratory Care program prepares the graduate to take an active role in the maintenance and/or restoration of cardiopulmonary homeostasis. The curriculum includes intensive course work in the supporting sciences and general education areas. Classroom instruction is supplemented with learning experiences in the campus laboratory and in area clinical affiliates. Students enrolled in the Respiratory Care program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each Respiratory Care course.

Students completing this five semester program will earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Respiratory Care and be qualified to take the national board examinations to earn the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) Credential and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential from the National Board of Respiratory Care.

Mission Statement

The mission of the respiratory therapy program is to provide the instruction and resources necessary to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are necessary to become a competent Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Respiratory Care Program Purpose & Goals

  • Provide instruction necessary to prepare graduates to function as competent Respiratory Therapists who have competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of Respiratory Care as performed by Credentialed Respiratory Therapists.
  • To help satisfy the need in the local and regional communities for competent Respiratory Therapists.

What are my degree or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Respiratory Therapist (69 credit hours)


  • Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring Technician (18-20 credit hours) (This certificate is only available to currently enrolled Respiratory Care program students.)

For course description, see the Respiratory Care Program Brochure.
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.

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Length of program

The program consists of five consecutive semesters, with completion occurring in May, two years following entrance into the program.


  • College Accreditation
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
  • Program Accreditation
    • The Respiratory Care program at SKYCTC is fully accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
    • Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status from The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
    • CoARC Program # 200519

Employment Opportunities

Career and advancement opportunities in respiratory care are excellent, especially for those willing to travel or relocate. Most states require licensure. Most employers require Certification and/or Registry by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Most graduates work in hospitals, but opportunities exist in home health care, nursing homes, and physicians offices. Summary of Occupation.

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Professional Links

For more information

  • Jim Bronson, Program Director, Professor - (270) 901-1076
  • Ken McKenney, Director of Clinical Education, Associate Professor - (270) 901-1127

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.