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Respiratory Care

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

What is Respiratory Care?

The Respiratory Care Program prepares you 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 hospitals.

What are my career choices?

Respiratory Therapists perform cardiopulmonary testing, evaluate patients and plan care. Hospitals employ most respiratory therapists, but other employers include home care providers, medical clinics, nursing homes, ambulance services, and companies that rent oxygen equipment also employ 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 Flyer011916.
For class listings for advising session see, Class Listings Sheet.
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.
For program cost, see the Respiratory Care estimate worksheet.

Admission Requirements

This program has specific requirements that must be completed before acceptance into the program.


Respiratory Care Program Application for Admission

Length of program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

  • Ken McKenney, Associate Professor - (270) 901-1127
  • Jim Bronson, Associate Professor - (270) 901-1076

CoARC Annual Report Outcomes.

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.