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Respiratory Care

Additional Respiratory Care Program Information

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

(270) 706-8660


Admission Requirements

Admissions Process

  • To Apply to the Selective Admissions Respiratory Care Program, each applicant must attend a pre-admission conference and submit the following credentials in order to be considered for admission by the committee:
    • ECTC Admission, including:
      • Complete the Application for Admission
      • Provide your High School Transcript or GED
      • Provide Transcripts of other colleges/universities attended
      • ACT
    • Letter of intent to the Program Director
    • BIO 137 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I)
    • MAT 150 (College Algebra) or MAT 146 (Contemporary College Mathematics)

This Program is an 18-month program and students will attend the summer session.  The next admission will be January of 2025.

ALL REQUIRED information must be available to the selective admissions committee by October 1st of the year preceding the year of Spring admissions and by April 1st of years accepting Fall admissions in order to be reviewed and considered.  Applications for admission to the program may be accepted beyond the date provided that:

  1. Positions are still unfilled.
  2. All of the required documentation has been submitted.

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants with the following will be given priority:
    • Number of General Education Courses taken from Respiratory Care curriculum
    • BIO 139 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II)
    • ENG 101 (Writing I)
    • PY 110 (General Psychology) or SOC 101 (Intro to Sociology)
    • COM 252 (Introduction to Interpersonal Communications) or COM 181 (Basic Public Speaking)

Technical Standards

  • Adequate visual acuity
  • Adequate auditory perception
  • Sufficient strength, gross motor, and fine motor coordination
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills

Additional Criteria

  • Upon admittance the student must submit the following materials prior to beginning clinical experiences:
    • Evidence of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a vaccine declination form
    • TB skin test or chest X-Ray
    • Immunization records
    • CPR certification
    • Background check
    • Drug screening
    • COVID vaccination

Expenses/Financial Assistance

  • In addition to tuition, students are responsible for transportation to the various clinical sites, professional liability insurance, books, and uniforms. Any student seeking financial assistance should contact the Financial Aid office.