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Respiratory therapists save lives one breath at a time. This program will train you to identify, treat and prevent breathing issues ranging from emphysema in adults to underdeveloped lungs in newborns.

What will I learn?

Our selective admission program offers two consecutive years of the same kind of rigorous training as four-year schools.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Treat patients with breathing or cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Educate patients and families about their diseases
  • Help patients with tobacco addictions
  • Perform diagnostic testing for patients with lung disorders
  • Treat trauma patients and work with all emergency care teams
  • Coordinate care as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team

Here’s what you can expect:

First and second semesters: Active learning two days a week on the foundations of respiratory patient care along with patient care simulations in our state-of-the-art OHEC Simulation Center.

Third semester: 18-24 hours of clinical instruction in one of our nine community partner patient care facilities, and one day of active classroom instruction.

Fourth semester: 18-24 hours of clinical instruction and half-day classroom and independent study.


You’re joining this growing field at a pivotal time, and JCCC is keeping up with industry advances. Area hospitals know the quality of our curriculum and request JCCC graduates.

We’ve got a lot to be proud of. We offer:

  • A 100 percent job placement rate for respiratory care degree recipients who choose to enter the workplace directly after graduation.
  • Board pass rates above the national average.
  • A state-of-the-art Healthcare Simulation Center where you will gain hands-on experience before your hospital clinical study.
  • Faculty who are all registered respiratory care practitioners with advanced degrees.
  • Relationships with nine award-winning area hospitals for clinical study.

If that’s not enough, how about four more excellent reasons.

  • Classes are limited to 16 to 20 students so you can:
    • Ask questions
    • Engage in discussions
    • Connect with classmates and professors
  • We’re affordable. Costs are reasonable and our campus is convenient to the metro area.
  • JCCC classes are transferable to most four-year schools.
  • JCCC’s program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Susie R., 2012 Respiratory Care graduate
"I found clinicals to be one of the most valuable parts. They were quite thorough, and when I finished the program, I felt very prepared to be a respiratory therapist. I had the confidence I needed, as well as the skills."
This is a selective admission program. See admission criteria

With an Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care you can put your education to work in:

  • Long-term Care – skilled nursing facilities, rehab hospitals
  • Neonatal-Pediatrics – children’s and general hospitals with neonatal-pediatric care
  • Surface and Air Transport – air or ground ambulances
  • Pulmonary Rehab – rehabilitation centers and outpatient centers
  • Polysomnography – sleep laboratories
  • Education – professors and instructors in community colleges, universities, continuing education
  • Critical Care – intensive care units in acute care hospitals
  • Case Management – patient transition from hospital to home care setting
  • Home Care – companies that provide residential equipment
  • Pulmonary Diagnostics – hospital or physician offices, pulmonary laboratories

Or continue your education and earn a bachelor’s degree. JCCC works closely with The University of Kansas and has developed a seamless transfer agreement. Ottawa University offers a discount to pursue a healthcare administration degree. Consult an academic advisor for more information about transferring.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Average cost for tuition (in-state) books, supplies and fees for this two-year program is less than $9,000.

Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to increase faster than the average through 2020. After earning your associate of applied science degree, you’ll enter the workforce with an average annual earnings potential of $55,000 or higher.