Two male and one female respiratory students administer breathing treatment on patient

Respiratory Care

Keeping hearts beating and people breathing.

Imagine: it could be 7:30 a.m. and you’ve already brought a newborn back to life. But first you would need to study respiratory care, where Kentucky median annual income was $38,100 in 2012 and had a 3% increase in available jobs over 2011. The Respiratory Care Program prepares you to take an active role in the maintenance and/or restoration of cardiopulmonary homeostasis. The curriculum includes intensive course work in the supporting sciences and general education areas. Classroom instruction is supplemented with learning experiences in the campus laboratory and in area hospitals.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Respiratory Care (69 credit hours)


  • Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring Technician (18-20 credit hours) (This certificate is only available to currently enrolled Respiratory Care program students.)

For course description, see the Respiratory Care Program Flyer011916.
For class listings for advising session see, Class Listings Sheet.
For specific course requirements, see the KCTCS Course Catalog.
For program cost, see the Respiratory Care estimate worksheet.

Admission Requirements

This program has specific requirements that must be completed before acceptance into the program.


Respiratory Care Program Application for Admission 

Length of program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

For more information

  • Ken McKenney, Associate Professor - (270) 901-1127
  • Jim Bronson, Associate Professor - (270) 901-1076

CoARC Annual Report Outcomes.

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.