2-year A.S. Degree
Respiratory Therapists are in high demand for positions in hospitals, sleep labs, home care agencies, medical sales, and skilled nursing facilities. This healthcare specialty involves the evaluation and treatment of patients with heart and lung diseases. RT duties include placing devices on patients to deliver oxygen for them to breathe, administering medications to relieve respiratory distress, and attaching and monitoring complex ventilators to assist or support breathing.
The Respiratory Therapy program is offered at the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center through a partnership with Mineral Area College. The core RT courses, taught by CTC faculty, are 21 months beginning in August each year. The didactic and clinical phases are integrated. Core RT classes meet from 8:00 to 4:00 daily with clinical rotations including 8-12 hour shifts (day, evening or night).
The RT program at the Cape CTC leads to an Associate of Science in Medical Technology through Mineral Area College. In addition to the core RT courses, students must also complete a total of 24 credit hours of general education courses. Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, students are “registry eligible” allowing them to test for credentialing as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
To apply for the RT program:
- Complete an application with the $20 processing fee.
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a C or higher.
- Submit official educational transcripts
- Provide three work references
- Schedule interview with RT faculty
- Complete required shadowing.
- Interest in RT paper (1-2 pages)
- TEAS Exam Minimum score required 50
FINAL ACCEPTANCE is contingent upon a criminal background check.
General Education Requirements:
Prerequisite general education courses:
- A grade of C or above is required
- Medical Terminology/Intro to Pathology
- General Psychology
- English Composition
- Intermediate Algebra
Additional general education course requirements:
- Oral Communications course
- Human Development/Psychology course
- History/Political Science course
- Computer Literacy course
Pete Darnell; Program Director
Kyle Kern; Director Clinical Education
Keri Vandeven; Respiratory Instructor
Information on specific Mineral Area College courses or acceptable substitutions available upon request.
Students are strongly encouraged to complete ALL general education courses before beginning the 21 month RT core curriculum.
For specific meeting date & time along with estimated tuition & fees, please see the latest CTC Program Catalog
For More Information call 573.334.0826 and speak to one of our Advisors
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