Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapists are in Demand!

Program Mission Statement

Collins Career Technical Center Respiratory Therapy program has a mission to prepare the respiratory therapy 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). Along with professional ethics, this mission will prepare the respiratory therapy graduates to be effective members of a team of healthcare professionals.

Program Objectives

Respiratory therapists are members of a team of health care professionals working in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. As members of this team, respiratory therapists should exemplify the standards and ethics expected of all health care professionals. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, respiratory therapists are involved in clinical decision-making and patient education.

Upon completion of the respiratory therapy program, the graduate will have the know-how for:

  • 1.Acquiring and evaluating clinical data;
  • 2.Assessing the cardiopulmonary status of patients;
  • 3.Performing and assisting in the performance of prescribed diagnostic studies such as: obtaining blood samples, blood gas analysis, pulmonary function testing, and polysomnography;
  • 4.Evaluating data to assess the appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care;
  • 5.Establishing therapeutic goals for patients with cardiopulmonary disease;
  • 6.Participating in the development and modification of respiratory care plans;
  • 7.Case management of patients with cardiopulmonary and related diseases;
  • 8.Initiating prescribed respiratory care treatments, evaluating and monitoring patient responses to such therapy and modifying the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapeutic objectives;
  • 9.Initiating and conducting prescribed pulmonary rehabilitation;
  • 10.Providing patient, family, and community education;
  • 11.Promoting cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention, and disease management;
  • 12.Participating in life support activities as required; and promoting evidence-based medicine; research; and clinical practice guidelines.
Health Requirements
  • Respiratory Care Students must demonstrate numerous competencies representing all three learning domains: the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Students learn, practice, and verify these competencies in a number of settings including the classroom, laboratory and clinic. All students interested in participating in the Respiratory Care Program at Collins Career Center should be aware of the physical demands associated with the profession. Examples of these requirements include but are not limited to the following:

Vision Capabilities:
  • Normal or corrected refraction within the range of 20/20 to 20/60. Distinguish between color shades.

Hearing Capabilities:
  • Possess normal or corrected hearing abilities within 0-45 decibel range.

Motor Capabilities:
  • Maneuver large equipment weighing between 100-150 lbs. without assistance.
  • Lift a minimum of 25 lbs. without assistance using proper body mechanics.
  • Assist in lifting patients using proper body mechanics.
  • Stand for extended periods of time.
  • Walk without assistance for long distances maneuvering equipment or transporting patients.

Language Capabilities:
  • Communicate verbally with patient, patient families, co-workers, and other medical personnel.

Mental Capabilities:
  • Think and act quickly to emergency situations.
  • Cope with stress.
  • Comprehend daily work activities.

Length of Course:

The Respiratory Therapy Program is a two-year program that begins in August each year and ends the last week of June. Students are off during the month of July

Job Opportunities:

Graduates are employed in area hospitals and nursing homes. Advancement depends on individual personal goals.


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

CoARC# 200450

Student Outcomes

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Clinical Sites

  • Kings Daugher's Medical Center, Ashland, KY
  • Saint Mary's Medical Center, Huntington, WV
  • Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, OH
  • Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV
  • Greene Medical, Huntington, WV
  • WeCare, Ashland, KY

Clinical Obligations

Program Cost Breakdown

* ​Note: a $100 non­refundable tuition deposit must be paid to reserve a seat in the program upon acceptance
** Costs are subject to change

Please read Admission Procedures
The pre-entrance Exam is required for the program - see Work Keys link for more information

If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission.

Description Course ID Hours
Semester One

General Education**

  • Written Communication**
ENG 111** 48 Hours
  • Intro to Anatomy and Physiology**
BIOL 257** 48 Hours
  • Respiratory Pharmacology**
AH 226** 48 Hours
  • Applied Professional Mathematics Expanded**
MAT 120E / MAT 099** 64 Hours
  • Medical Terminology**
AH 151** 48 Hours
  • Intro to Respiratory Care
RTT 100E 32 Hours
  • Semester One Total Hours
288 Hours
Semester Two

General Education**

  • Cardiopulmonary Evaluation I
RTT 110 48 Hours
  • Respiratory Procedures I
RTT 101 48 Hours
  • Respiratory Procedure I Lab
RTT 101L 32 Hours
  • Oral Communication**
COM 112** 48 Hours
  • Lifespan Psychology**
SS 215** 48 Hours
  • Clinical practice I
CLIN 101 192 Hours
  • Semester Two Total Hours
416 Hours
Semester 3
  • Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
RTT 111 48 Hours
  • Cardiopulmonary Evaluation II
RTT 201 48 Hours
  • Clinical practice II
CLIN 102 96 Hours
  • Semester Three Total Hours
192 Hours
Semester 4
  • Respiratory Procedures II
RTT 202 48 Hours
  • Mechanical Ventilatory Technology
RTT 203 48 Hours
  • Respiratory Procedure II Lab
RTT 202L 32 Hours
  • Mechanical Ventilatory Technology Lab
RTT 103L 32 Hours
  • Clinical practice III
CLIN 103 192 Hours
  • Semester Four Total Hours
352 Hours
Semester 5
  • Neonatal/Pediatric
RTT 205 48 Hours
  • Respiratory Home Care/Rehab/Geriatric
RTT 207 48 Hours
  • Mechanical Ventilatory Management
RTT 204 48 Hours
  • Mechanical Ventilatory Management Lab
RTT 204L 32 Hours
  • Clinical practice IV
CLIN 204 192 Hours
  • Semester Five Total Hours
368 Hours
Semester 6
  • Seminar / Board Review
RTT 206 48 Hours
  • Clinical practice V
CLIN 205 96 Hours
  • Semester Six Total Hours
144 Hours
Respiratory Therapy Program Total Hours   1760 hours

Program Stats