Respiratory Therapy

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

The Respiratory Therapy Program provides instruction necessary to enable our graduates to function as a competent, respiratory care practitioner. The curriculum includes a combination of classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical practice in area hospitals, doctors' offices, and clinics. Mountwest Community and Technical College awards an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy upon completion of all required coursework.

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)

Program Cost Breakdown

* ‚ÄčNote: a $100 non¬≠refundable 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.

CCTC Classes
  • Introduction to Exercise Science
  • Principles of Fitness and Wellness
  • Methods of Exercise Teaching
  • Exercise Assessment & Prescription
  • Principles of Sports Training
  • Care & Prevention of Injuries
  • Motor Development
  • Special Exercise Considerations & Populations
  • Principles of EKG
  • Functional Anatomy for Exercise Science
  • Psychology of Fitness & Wellness
  • Nutrition for Fitness & Wellness
  • Fitness Management
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Certification Preparatory Course
  • Clinical I, II, III, IV
MCTC Classes
  • Written Communications
  • Medical Terminology
  • College Algebra for Allied Health
  • Oral Communications
  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology

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