Respiratory Care

Respiratory CareRespiratory Therapists assess, treat and care for all types of patients with breathing disorders from the premature infant to the elderly. Therapists provide oxygen therapy for patients who are short of breath and lacking oxygen as well as providing life support to patients who have stopped breathing. A separate admission process must be completed in order to be considered for the Respiratory Care program.

Where can I work?

Respiratory therapists are mainly employed in hospitals, in departments of respiratory care, anesthesiology, or pulmonary medicine. Others are in offices of physicians or other health practitioners, consumer-goods rental firms that supply respiratory equipment for home use, nursing care facilities, and home health care services.

How much will I earn?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the national median annual wage for occupations in this area of study is $54,280. Find Out More


How long will it take to complete the program?

This program usually takes 4 semesters to complete.

What are the program options?

Associate in Applied Science

  • Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist


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Is the Respiratory Program Accredited? YES!

The Advanced-Practice Respiratory Therapist Program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College has received Continuing Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). For more information on CoARC or to find out how to contact the Commission, please visit their website at