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Respiratory Care

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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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What Do Respiratory Careers Do?

In this consortium program, Ashland Community College and Technical College, Morehead State University, and Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan County Campus have joined together to offer respiratory care education which meets the standards of the Commission on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

The program prepares graduates to take an active role in the maintenance and/or restoration of cardiopulmonary homeostasis.

Classroom instruction in technical respiratory and general education courses is supplemented with learning experiences in the campus laboratory and in area hospitals. Students are responsible for transportation to clinical sites.

Students completing this program will earn an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Respiratory Care and be qualified to take the national board examination in Respiratory Care in order to receive the Certified Respiratory Therapist (C.R.T.) Credential and Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T.).

What are my career options?

Although hospitals employ the majority of respiratory therapists, other employers include home care providers, medical clinics, nursing homes and industry.

What are my degrees, diploma, and certificate options?


  • Associate in Applied Science- Respiratory Care Practitioner

Additional Information

Additional Information

Respiratory Therapist: 69 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring Technician: 18 - 20 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Program Information from MCTC

Semester Plan


Admission Requirements

This is a selective admissions program. In order for an application to be considered, students must have:

  • Application for admission to college.
  • Respiratory Care application.
  • Required minimum ACT scores (Math - 19 / Reading - 20 / Writing - 18) or the equivalent on the COMPASS or ASSET examination.
  • Documentation of observation hours.
  • Official transcript of all post-secondary coursework.
  • Documentation of attendance at a Respiratory Care pre-admission conference.
  • All developmental courses must be taken prior to pre-requisite courses.
  • All pre-requisite courses must be taken prior to program admission.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses must be completed prior to admission.