Allied Health

Respiratory Therapy

Associate of Applied Science • 71 Credit Hours

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.

Study Respiratory Therapy.

The Respiratory Therapy Program is a cooperative effort between Collins Career Technical Center and Mountwest Community & Technical College. Twenty-three 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 Technical 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.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  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. 

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • Cabell-Huntington Hospital
  • HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Huntington
  • King’s Daughters’ Medical Center
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
Want to learn more about this program?
Interested in learning more about the MCTC program? Send us a message and talk to our program coordinator.
Janet Smith
Allied Health Chair, Professor

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