Respiratory Care

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What Do Respiratory Carers Do?

The Respiratory Care Program is a two-year collegiate program designed for those who wish to earn an Associate Degree and prepare to assume the responsibilities of a Respiratory Therapist in health care agencies. The program includes a general education core curriculum as well as respiratory care courses, labs, and clinical practice in affiliated hospitals.

The graduate of the Respiratory Care Program is expected to play a principle role in the restoration and/or maintenance of pulmonary homeostasis. Included in this role is the administration of medical gas therapy, aerosol therapy, chest physiotherapy, breathing retraining, and measures for periodic lung expansion. The Graduate Therapist is also able to assume a leadership role (under medical supervision) in the management of artificial airways, continuous mechanical ventilation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Further, he/she is prepared to perform adjunct laboratory procedures such as obtaining and analyzing arterial blood and measuring pulmonary function.

Upon completion of the Respiratory Care Program, the graduate is qualified for a staff position under medical direction or to enter an advanced training program to pursue specialization. The graduate is also eligible for the examination process, which leads to national and state certification and national registry.

What are my career options?

Respiratory therapists are mainly employed in hospitals, in departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine. Others are in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use, nursing care facilities, and home health care services.

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The Goals of the Respiratory Care Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College are to graduate competent respiratory therapists who:

  • possess the knowledge and demonstrate the cognitive skills expected of a respiratory therapist
  • perform the psychomotor skills expected of the respiratory therapist
  • demonstrate behaviors needed to maintain ethical and effective relationships with patients and others in the health care settings

Respiratory Care is a two-year Associate Degree program, which is accredited by the CoARC (Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care).

  • Upon successful completion, the graduate is eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Examinations.
  • CoARC Outcomes Data

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This information is provided in compliance with the Federal Gainful Employment regulations. As a public non-profit education institution, we are required to report the following information for certificate and diploma programs that meet gainful employment definitions (beginning July 1, 2011).

Program Contact

Mary Beth Keffer
Academic Program Coordinator
502.213.4155
mkeffer0001@kctcs.edu

Kyle C. Mahan
Clinical Coordinator
502.213.2197
kmahan0006@kctcs.edu