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Respiratory Care

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Help people breathe easier. Learn to use life-saving equipment and care for patients with lung or heart problems, while entering a field that's full of opportunity.

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Important Update:

The Respiratory Care Program will be extending its application deadline to May 17, 2021.  Students may submit their program admission documents by scanning and emailing to admissions at or; students may also send the documents by US Mail to:

Big Sandy Community & Technical College Admissions
One Bert T. Combs Dr., Prestonsburg, KY 41653,
ATTN:  Elexas Hatton;

Students may also fax admission documents to the attention of Elexas Hatton or Jimmy Wright at 1-606-889-0758.  

What Do Respiratory Therapists Do?

Respiratory 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.

What are my career options?

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.

What are my degrees, diploma, and certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science

  • Respiratory Therapist


  • Electrocardiographic and Cardiac Monitoring Technician

Additional Information

Is the Respiratory Program Accredited? YES!

The Respiratory Care Program at Big Sandy Community and Technical College has received Continuing Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s CoARC Program Number is 200477. For more information on CoARC or to find out how to contact them, please visit the CoARC website here.

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. For more information on the program’s outcomes, please visit the CoARC Outcomes Data webpage here.