Respiratory Care program moving to 18-month format | ECTC

Respiratory Care program moving to 18-month format

Starting in the Spring 2022 semester, the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) Respiratory Care program will change to an 18-month completion status. Respiratory Care Program Coordinator Rebecca Higdon said changing from a 24-month rotation to an 18-month rotation will make a significant difference for students entering and completing the program and joining the local healthcare workforce. 

“In this new format, we will be able to get general education ready students into the program quicker and get them graduated out into a workforce that is begging for them,” she said.

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care recently approved the change. In the new 18-month format, students will now be active in the program over the summer semester with a clinical focus. 

“We’re adding instruction every other summer semester and we’re confident the benefits of this format are crucial for our students,” said Higdon.  

Students who have already attended pre-admission conferences and applied to enter the program in Spring 2022 will be notified of how this change will affect them. The new 18-month format will not affect pre-requisite requirements or the program’s eligibility for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship (WRKS). Eligible respiratory care students may qualify for free tuition through WRKS.

Along with the 18-month format, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care approved ECTC’s program for reaccreditation through July 2031.