One of the newest areas of study in the Allied Health School, Respiratory Therapy is an exciting field which has undergone significant growth and change over the past 40 years. Successful students of the RRT program at HCC will provide care for a variety of patients ranging in age from newborns to the elderly who are suffering from pulmonary or cardiac diseases. Respiratory Therapists are also an important part of the intensive care team at many hospitals, working with patients requiring mechanical ventilation.
The field of respiratory therapy is expected to explode in demand in the next decade, with the US Department of Labor anticipating a 20% increase in job openings for certified and Registered Respiratory Therapists. Students can also pursue certifications in specialty areas such as asthma education, pulmonary function technology, sleep technology, or neonatology to further enhance their job opportunities.
Respiratory Therapists enjoy a competitive salary; with double-digit per hour wages the average. In Kansas alone, the average salary is more than $20 per hour, and it is only expected to climb in the future.
HCC Program for Respiratory Therapy has a bridge agreement with the University of Kansas. The agreement provides respiratory therapists with an associate's degree from a participating college, the opportunity to receive their bachelor of science in respiratory therapy from KU. Students must meet the prerequisite course work for the University of Kansas and upon graduation, enter into the summer before their senior year.
Received provisional accreditation from by The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).