Respiratory Care

Student listens to lungs with stethiscope

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 Therapists Do?

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.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$43,496
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low: $24k med: $43k high: $83k

What are my career options?

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)

"Respiratory therapists in demand as 'unique problems' increase", Lee, Jason. Tribune Media Services, 18 March 2013. Web. 28 March 2013.

Respiratory Care Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Respiratory Therapist $48,412
Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring Technician $43,496
Polysomnographic Technologist $46,486

What are my degrees, diploma, and certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

For a printable copy of program course requirements, click an option above or consult the Madisonville Advising Plan.

Additional Information

Additional Information

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

Admission Requirements

Respiratory Care is a selective admission program. In addition to MCC's general admission requirements, candidates to the program must complete the following:

  • Submit a letter to the Program Director by May 1
  • Submit official transcripts of previous post secondary education
  • Submit documentation that student is eligible to enter BIO 137, MAH 150 or MA 110 and ENG 101
  • Attend a pre-admission conference

For more program information, see the program handbook and policy and procedure manual.

Program Contact

Tina Siddon
Program Coordinator
270.824.1748
tina.siddon@kctcs.edu