Respiratory Equipment Photograph
Home  >  Academics  >  Academic Divisions  >  Allied Health & Nursing  >  Respiratory Therapy  

Respiratory Therapy Careers Begin With

Kansas City Kansas Community College

Coordinator, Mike Parrett

What is Respiratory Therapy
Respiratory Therapy is a health career of caring for people with cardiac and lung problems. Respiratory therapists work in a variety of settings including emergency departments, intensive care units, rehabilitation, cardiology, pulmonary labs, sleep labs, and home care. Kansas City Kansas Community College prepares students to become Registered Respiratory Therapists, RRT. To become a RRT, graduates of the program must pass national board examinations.

Registered Respiratory Therapists
Registered Respiratory Therapy students complete 31 credit hours in general education and prerequisite courses plus 44 credit hours in respiratory therapy courses. These graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. Their training includes critical thinking, decision making, critical care, neonatal and pediatric content.

Special Note
Up to two pre-requisite courses may be completed concurrently with Respiratory Therapy classes if the student is selected into the program. Preference is given to students who have completed all pre-requisites. Preference is also given to students who have completed the required science courses.

Most Respiratory Therapists find employment in hospitals, home care companies, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, or clinics. Some may work for manufacturers and suppliers of respiratory therapy equipment.

To speak with the Respiratory Therapy Coordinator, Mike Parrett, phone (913) 288-7245 or Email Mike Parrett