Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health program whose practitioners are employed under medical direction to provide treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation, and care to patients with problems associated with the cardiopulmonary system.

The Respiratory Therapy Program is a cooperative effort between Collins Career Center and Mountwest Community & Technical College. Thirty semester credit hours are required from Mountwest. The student may either complete the Mountwest courses prior to application to the program or finish the courses while completing the Respiratory Therapy courses at Collins Career Center. 

What You’ll Learn
Respiratory Therapists administer oxygen, humidity, aerosols, and mechanical ventilation and use technologically sophisticated monitoring devices and treatment techniques to enhance the survival of patients in intensive care units. Respiratory therapists may also perform pulmonary function testing. See the current advising sheet for more details.

Credits Required:  83 hours

Credential Earned:  Associate of Applied Science

Career Settings
Respiratory therapists will find employment opportunities in home health organizations, skilled nursing homes, skilled nursing units within an acute care hospital, outpatient centers, rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals, and physicians’ offices. 

Potential Employers

  • Cabell-Huntington Hospital
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Huntington
  • King’s Daughters’ Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center