Respiratory Care program page.

Respiratory Care

Keeping hearts beating and people breathing.

With a degree as a Respiratory Therapist, you would provide effective treatment of respiratory and cardiac disorders, including using life-support equipment and intervening in emergencies and traumas. Imagine: it could be 7:30 a.m. and you’ve already brought a newborn back to life. But first you would need to study respiratory care and enter this fast growing field where jobs are growing faster than the national average and median annual income was $47,420 in 2006. 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 are my career choices?

Respiratory Therapists perform cardiopulmonary testing, evaluate patients and plan care. Hospitals employ most respiratory therapists, but other employers including home care providers, medical clinics, nursing homes, ambulance services and companies that rent oxygen equipment also employ therapists. 

What classes do I have to take?

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.

Can I specialize my degree, diploma or certificate options? 

You will earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist. With this degree you’ll be eligible to take exams to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or a registered respiratory therapist (RRT).

To see a complete course listing for this degree use the KCTCS Online Course Catalog.

What are the admission requirements?

Please consult ECTC's college admission requirements for information for how enroll in the college and apply for this program. Also visit the Respiratory Care Program web page. for specific admission requirements for this program.

Note: The Kentucky Board for Respiratory Care may deny mandatory certification for convicted felons. Questions should be directed to the Kentucky Board for Respiratory Care.

Note: Computer literacy must be documented by competency exam or by completing a computer literacy course.

Where do I start?

Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or COMPASS exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.

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Contact Information

KCTCS/Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Counseling Center
RPC 1st Floor Room 106
610 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, KY  42701
(270) 706-8803
 
Program Coordinator:
Pat Fisher
Patricia.Fisher@kctcs.edu
(270) 706- 8660 or Toll free: (877) 246-2322, Ext. 68660
 
 
 
 
 
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