Respiratory Care is a profession involved in supporting cardiopulmonary health, rehabilitation, therapeutics, and life support. Therapists are also extensively involved in cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing, patient evaluation and care planning. They work with patients of all ages from premature infants to the elderly. Therapists use knowledge of patient physiology and advanced technology in the planning and delivery of respiratory care.
Classroom instruction in theory and basic surgical skills is provided on campus. Under the guidance of program faculty, you can gain valuable experience in the care of clients of all ages in a number of different hospitals.
For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.
Career and advancement opportunities in respiratory care are excellent, especially for those willing to travel or relocate. Most states require licensure. Most employers require Certification and/or Registry by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Most graduates work in hospitals, but opportunities exist in home health care, nursing homes and physicians offices. Employment throughout the United States ranges from $33,200 to $41,600 (National Bureau of Labor Static 2002)
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Respiratory Care is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC’s general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:
For more program information, see the program handbook and policy and procedure manual.
You can complete an associate in applied science in two years as a full-time student. Courses are offered during four 16-week semesters (August – December and January – May). Classes are conducted between the hours of 7:30 AM - 5 PM. Evening rotations in clinical practice will be also required.
Students will be accepted into the program in the late spring, and begin their curriculum in the fall of each year. Usually the classes for both general education and the Respiratory Care program will be at Madisonville Community College. Clinical courses will involve assignments to a variety of clinical affiliates. Travel and evening hours will be required. The primary clinical affiliate is Regional Medical Center.
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.