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Respiratory Therapist - AAS

The goal of this program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT's). Respiratory therapists perform diagnostic tests and provide treatments to patients with heart and breathing problems. Graduates of the program will be prepared for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exam(s).


A respiratory therapist primary goal is for the prevention, education, treatment, management, and rehabilitation involving people with lung disorders. A respiratory therapist is involved in a variety of patient care areas including those requiring life saving measures, working side by side with nurses and doctors treating a variety of patients from the very young, born with immature lungs, to the elderly fighting chronic diseases. To assist patients in their care, a respiratory therapist also draws arterial blood gases and uses sophisticated equipment in the treatment and diagnosis of lung and cardiac disorders. We are often considered the experts in the field of ventilator management.


Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690 USA

Hutchinson Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Contact Details

Allied Health
1-888-GO-HUTCH ext. 8100

Program Details

  • Admission

    The Respiratory Therapist program begins in August of each year.  Approximately 16 applicants are admitted each year according to the guidelines set forth by CoARC (Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care).  Applications will be accepted from August 1st – April 15th. 

    Admission Steps:

    1. Apply for admission to Hutchinson Community College at http://www.hutchcc.edu/apply or visit http://www.hutchcc.edu/admission
    2. Submit official High School/GED transcripts and all other college transcripts to Hutchinson Community College, Records Office, 1300 N. Plum, Hutchinson, KS 67501.
    3. Applications to the Respiratory Therapy program are accepted from August 1 until April 15 of the following year for those applicants who wish to be considered for the following Fall program start. All prerequisites must be completed within 7yrs of beginning the program and before the start of the program for a student to be admitted.  Any applicant who fails to meet the prerequisite requirements before the start of the program will be dropped from the program. To obtain an application packet, email Annette Kershaw at respiratorytherapy@hutchcc.edu.
    4. Once the application has been submitted, schedule an interview appointment by calling 620-694-2456.
    5. Complete program pre-requisites:

      **All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher before the program begins. GPA for all general education coursework within the RT curriculum must be completed at a GPA of 2.33 or higher.

      • MA105: Intermediate Algebra
      • HR105: Medical Terminology
      • BI103: Human Anatomy and Physiology
    6. If there are more than 16 applicants, the admission process will be evaluated with a point system. A sample of the scoring sheet is available upon request. Applicants are rank-ordered based upon the total prerequisite and general course grade points the student has achieved. The top 16 applicants are accepted into the program, provided that all other admission conditions have been met.
    7. Upon acceptance to the program, a comprehensive physical, drug screen, and background check will be required, along with current vaccinations. The cost for this will be handled by the student.
    8. For further information, contact the Allied Health Advisor at 620-728-8100 or 800-289-3501 ext. 8100), or the Respiratory Therapist Program Director, Teresa Pauls, at 620-665-4928 or paulst@hutchcc.edu.
    9. If you need assistance with paying for college, please, apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.edu.gov and also check out HutchCC Scholarship opportunities at https://www.hutchcc.edu/types-of-aid to see if you qualify.

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  • Outcomes

    For information on our accreditation status and program outcomes visit https://coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/ 

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