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More Information About Respiratory Care

Estimated Tuition, Fees, and Program Costs

All college and program costs are subject to change including tuition and fees. For current information on college tuition and fees, please visit Jefferson's Tuition and Costs.

Estimated Program Costs

  • Uniforms: (3 x $40.00) $120.00
  • Name Tag: $12.00
  • Stethoscope: $50.00
  • Trajecsys: $300.00
  • CastleBranch: $350.00
  • Program Exit Exams: $100.00
  • National Board Exams: $390.00
  • Textbooks & Supplies: $2,200.00
  • Exam Review: $360.00

Selective Admission Point System

There are eight (8) categories in which points (maximum of 100) are earned:

Maximum Points: 15 points

Points are awarded at the rate of one point per credit hours for courses earning a "C" or better in general education courses required in the Respiratory Care Program.

  • ENG 101
  • PY 110 or PY 100
  • COM 252 or COM 181
  • Heritage/Fine Arts

Maximum Points: 10 points

Points for GPA in Courses required in the Respiratory Care Curriculum
GPA Points
Less than 2.0 0
2.5–3.0 6
3.0–3.5 8
3.5–4.0 10

Maximum Points: 10 points

One (1) point will be awarded per credit hour for any additional science courses taken with a passing grade of "C".


  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • AHS, CNA, EMT, EKG, other Medical certificates as documented

Maximum Points: 30 points

"W" does NOT count as a repeat option.

Points for BIO/MATH Courses Required in the Respiratory Care Curriculum
Course Grade Points
BIO 137 A 10
B 5
C 1
BIO 139 A 10
B 5
C 1
MT 146 or MT 150 A 10
B 5
C 1

Maximum Points: 10 points

  • 12 or more credits from JCTC: 10 points
  • Other Institution
    • 21 credits: 5 points
    • 12-21 credits: 3 points

Maximum Points: 10 points

  • Associate Degree: 5 points
  • Bachelors Degree: 10 points
  • Masters Degree/PhD/MD: 10 points

Maximum Points: 10 points

ACT 20 or higher: 10 points

Other Exam Placement Scores will be reviewed by the Selection Committee, and points will be determined based on national averages.

Maximum Points: 5 points

Proof of Military ID: 5 points

Program Goals

The Goals of the Respiratory Care Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College are to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Technical Standards

The respiratory therapist specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory to practical clinical problems of respiratory care as outlined in a description of the occupation found in the guidelines and essentials of the accredited educational program for the respiratory therapist. Therefore, in order to be successful in the program, a candidate should possess:

  1. sufficient tactile and visual acuity, such as is needed in the accurate monitoring of life support systems and for the observation necessary for patient assessment;
  2. sufficient auditory perception to receive verbal communication from patients and members of the health care team to assess health needs of people through the use of monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors, stethoscopes, inhalators and fire alarms, etc.;
  3. sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to respond promptly and to implement respiratory therapy skills including the manipulation of equipment to meet health needs;
  4. sufficient communication skills (verbal, non-verbal, and written) to interact with individuals and to communicate their needs promptly and effectively; and
  5. sufficient intellectual and emotional functions to plan and implement respiratory care.