Respiratory Therapy Program Application

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 20 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.

 Respiratory Care - Associate in Applied Science Degree

Program Learning Outcomes

The RRT program’s goal 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 (RRTs).

Upon completion of the accredited program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge and critical reasoning skills necessary to pass the NBRC-TMC exam.
  2. Perform the variety of interventions necessary to provide skilled entry-level respiratory care in the clinical setting.
  3. Demonstrate behavioral skills necessary for entry-level practice as a respiratory therapist.


The Kansas City Kansas Community College Respiratory Therapy Program, CoARC number 200412, AAS degree, is located at 7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

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. Specific information may be found at:

Special Note

Up to three general education 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.