Respiratory Care

Advising Plans
Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapy 
(70 credit hours)
Respiratory Care Admissions Point System

Pre-Admission Conference

Program Advisors

Jess Hoskins, Coordinator
(606) 878-4815

Jason Asher, Instructor
(606) 878-4816

respiratoryAngie Mills, Instructor
(606) 878-4745


The Respiratory Care program at Somerset Community College is located at the Laurel Campus.

Program Details

*All students planning to apply to the next Advanced Level Respiratory Therapist Program, beginning January 2016 MUST attend a Pre-Admission Conference prior to applying. Pre-Admission Conference Dates.The Advanced Level Respiratory Therapist program at Somerset Community College prepares graduates to provide and manage client care by becoming members within the discipline of respiratory care. Graduates are prepared and eligible to take credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) to practice as entry level practitioners (CRT) as well as advanced level practitioners (RRT). Like most states in the nation, Kentucky has a mandatory certification law for Respiratory Care Practitioners. This certification gives the holder the right to practice respiratory care in the Commonwealth. Reciprocity exists between Kentucky and most all other states.

Respiratory Therapists work as important members of the health care team and provide treatments to clients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Most therapists are employed in cardiopulmonary medicine or respiratory care departments of hospitals. Others are employed by home health agencies, pulmonary rehabilitation programs, pulmonary function laboratories, medical device companies, and physician offices. For further information regarding this profession, please visit

Download Respiratory Care Program Overview (pdf)

Additional Information

  • Five semester program
  • Leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS) with a general education requirement of 23 hours
  • Respiratory Care Technical Coursework (47 hours)
  • Theory/Skills presented in lecture/lab format
  • Clinical Component: Held in clinical sites which provide services to respiratory patients
  • Highly Recommended general education courses of 6-7 hours.

Accreditation Information

The Advanced Level Respiratory Therapist program has been awarded Continuing Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX  76021-4244, (817) 283-2835 or