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Respiratory Care program

Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree makes the graduate eligible to take the RRT exam (Registered Respiratory Therapist).

The program prepares individuals with the basic competencies necessary to function as a Respiratory Therapist.

The curriculum features specialized instruction in basic sciences, mathematics, communications, anatomy and physiology, as well as Respiratory Care Program coursework.

The program consists of school based classroom lecture, online supported courses, and laboratory experiences coordinated with clinical experience in hospitals and other health care settings.

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What are my career choices?

Most Registered Respiratory Therapists are employed in hospitals.  Opportunities there include: acute and critical care of newborns, children, and adults; discharge planning; and even air transport.  Others work in physician offices performing pulmonary functions testing and in pulmonary rehabilitation programs to improve the lives of patients with chronic breathing problems.  We also work in sleep medicine and home health care.

Respiratory Care Program Purpose & Goals

Goals of the Respiratory Care Program 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).
  • To help satisfy the need in local and regional communities for competent respiratory care practitioners.

Mission Statement

The mission of the respiratory therapy program is to provide the instruction and resources necessary to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which are necessary to become competent Registered Respiratory Therapists.


  • College Accreditation
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
  • Program Accreditation
    • Both the Pineville Respiratory Care program and Whitesburg Respiratory Care program are fully is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
    • The Pineville Respiratory Care program at SKCTC is program number 200400.
    • The Whitesburg Respiratory Care program at SKCTC is program number 200624.

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Mike Good

Respiratory Care - Pineville

Program Director



Program Contact

Delilah Turner

Respiratory Care - Whitesburg

Program Director