Respiratory Care – Associate of Applied Science

Program Competencies

The graduate will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively.
  2. Think critically.
  3. Learn independently.
  4. Examine relationships in diverse and complex environments.
  5. Perform cardiopulmonary diagnostic procedures, patient assessment and respiratory care planning.
  6. Administer therapeutic and life support procedures in the management of patients with cardiopulmonary impairment.
  7. Evaluate appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care and recommend modifications where indicated.
  8. Select, assemble, check, correct malfunctions and assure cleanliness and calibration of respiratory care equipment.
  9. Maintain an ethical and effective relationship with the health care team.
  10. Perform essential elements of patient education.
  11. Demonstrate an awareness of organizational and management principles related to respiratory care.
  12. Perform and act on the results of advanced patient assessment techniques.
  13. Assist the physician in special procedures of cardiopulmonary care.
  14. Demonstrate skills and attitudes needed to maintain professional and technical competence.


National Board for Respiratory Care Applied Measurement Professional Self-Assessment Examination, National Board for Respiratory Care Respiratory Therapy Program Surveys for Graduates and Employers related to educational preparation, and graduate performance in the clinical area.

All the above assessment results are reported to faculty and the Advisory Committee annually. Employment is a key indicator of program success. This information is shared at annual Advisory committee meetings.

Respiratory Care Program

The respiratory care program is a consortium between Morehead State University, Maysville Community and Technical College, and Ashland Community and Technical College. Morehead State University students, as a part of the consortium, complete all general education program requirements on the MSU campus. Respiratory care courses are taught on the Rowan campus of Maysville Community and Technical College.

The program prepares the graduate to take an active role in the maintenance and/or restoration of cardiopulmonary homeostasis. The curriculum includes intensive course work in the supporting sciences and general education areas. Classroom instruction is supplemented with learning experience in the campus laboratory and area affiliates. Students enrolled in the respiratory care program are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all courses required for completion of the AAS in respiratory care.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

The AAS in respiratory care has a selective admission process. Enrollment in the program is limited (because of laboratory and classroom space) and student applications are assessed using a point-based system that includes student ACT score/Compass scores and grades. In the event there are more qualified applicants than available positions, one to three alternatives will be placed on a waiting list.

Application Procedure

  1. Be unconditionally admitted to MSU.
  2. Declare Respiratory Care as academic program.
  3. University/undergraduate catalog(s) required if transfer credit is sought.
  4. Course syllabi for all respiratory care courses complete if transfer credit is sought.
  5. Enroll in required prerequisite courses as outlined in the respiratory care curriculum sequence.
  6. Submit a completed application packet to the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care Program. The application packet includes:
    1. Application for admission to Respiratory Care Program.
    2. ACT scores or equivalent.
    3. Official college transcript.
    4. Attendance at a preadmission conference or meeting with the program coordinator.
    5. Documentation of observation hours. (Observation form may be submitted after November 15 if observation hours are not yet completed.)

Student selection process occurs in the fall semester preceding spring admission. To be considered for official admission to the respiratory care program, all materials must be submitted to the respiratory care advisor before November 15 preceding spring admission:


Morehead State University

Respiratory Care Program Advisor

100B Lloyd Cassity

Morehead, KY 40351

Admission Criteria

Admission procedures are reviewed on an annual basis. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify prior to the application deadline that the procedures/criteria have not been revised.

Applicants to the Respiratory Care Program are selected based upon the following criteria:

  1. American College Test (ACT) scores or equivalent.
  2. GED validation, if applicable. Preference will be given to a standard score of 50 or above.
  3. Past performance in college/university: must have a GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 for all college level courses completed and a grade of "C" or better on BIOL 234 and MATH 135.

Respiratory courses will be taken at the Rowan campus of Maysville Community and Technical College on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Conditions for Enrollment

  1. Students may be assigned to clinical practicum areas other than those in the immediate Rowan County area, requiring traveling some distance from campus. Transportation to and from these settings is the responsibility of the student.
  2. Clinical experiences and formal lectures may be required during various hours of the day, evening and night.
  3. Students have the responsibility for the cost incurred by enrollment in the Associate of Applied Science in respiratory care. This cost may include clothing, equipment, malpractice insurance and academic materials.

Program Requirements

A total of 71 credit hours is required for the AAS degree. The student will be required to complete the course sequence approved by the University and in place at the time of admission to the associate degree respiratory care program. AAS in respiratory care program policies on challenge examination, transfer credit, academic standards and progression and criteria for taking the National Board for Respiratory Care examination can be obtained from the Department of Health, Wellness and Human Performance.

Respiratory Care Requirements

RCP 110Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology


RCP 120Theory and Principles of Respiratory Care


RCP 130Pharmacology


RCP 125Cardiopulmonary Evaluation


RCP 150Clinical Practice I


RCP 175Clinical Practice II


RCP 180Ventilatory Support


RCP 190Advanced Ventilatory Support


RCP 200Clinical Practice III


RCP 204Emergency and Special Procedures I


RCP 210Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology


RCP 212Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care


RCP 214Emergency and Special Procedures II


RCP 225Clinical Practice IV


RCP 228Preventative and Long-Term Respiratory Care


RCP 250Clinical Practice V


Total Credit Hours:47

General Education

FYS 101First Year Seminar


ENG 100Writing I


ENG 200Writing II


COMS 108Fundamentals of Speech Communication


MATH 135 or higher


Total Credit Hours:15

Supplemental Requirements

BIOL 234Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL 235Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II



PSY 154Introduction to Psychology



SOC 101Introduction to Sociology


Total Credit Hours:9

Total Credit Hours: 71