Respiratory Care

Student listens to lungs with stethiscope

Help people breathe easier. Learn to use life-saving equipment and care for patients with lung or heart problems, while entering a field that’s full of opportunity.

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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. 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 rehabilitation centers hire RT’s. 

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.

What are my degree, diploma, or certifcate options?

Degrees and Transfers

Certificate Options

Where do I start?

First, you will need to be enrolled at the college.  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.

What are the admission requirements?

This program also has additional requirements for admission.  Contact us for more information.

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.


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Contact Information

Respiratory Care Office RPC 3rd Floor Room 331
(270) 706-8462

Program Director

Rebecca A. Higdon, MS, RRT-NPS

Director of Clinical Education

Stephanie Brothers, MAE, RRT
RPC 332

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