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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.

Why JCCC?

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)  and is in good standing.
  • For information on our accreditation status and program outcomes visit https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx

    CoARC
    264 Precision Blvd.
    Telford, TN 37690
    USA
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.

Estimated Expenses for Respiratory Care (RC) Program   

Estimated Expenses for Respiratory Care Program, Excluding Taxes

1st Year Student

2nd Year Student

Total RC Program

Criminal Background Checks ($54.00 each) and Drug Screen ($37.00 each) + Document Management System (DMS) $25.00 + $2.00 administrative fee (all charges after acceptance into the program)

$118

$54

$172

Physical Exam, TB Testing, Flu Shots, and Immunizations

(Prices may vary based on personal insurance and immunizations needed)

(Healthcare Insurance must be maintained for the entire length of the program)

$400

$70

$470

Tuition costs are based on 26 credits for the first year and 26 credits for the second year at the Johnson County Resident rate.
See current tuition rates

$2,418

$2,418

$4836

Books

(Prices may vary if you rent text books, or purchase a digital version)

*Some texts may be purchased in a Bundle during the first semester at a discounted rate

$*800

$100

$900

Supplies
Scissors: $6
Stethoscope: $90
Watch: $23
Pocket calculator: $5

  $124

 

  $124

Uniforms
Scrubs (2 sets): $100
Lab Jacket: $30
Shoes: $75 to $150

  $280

 

  $280

Graduation Expenses
NBRC Exam Voucher: $380
Gown, Hat, Tassel: $40

 

$380

$380

Basic Life Support training (BLS-Must remain current for the entire two-years enrolled in the program)

$35

Secured Mock Board Exams

 

 $120

 $120

Total 1st Year Student 

$4175

 

 

Total 2nd Year Student 

 

$3142

 

 

 

 

 

Total Respiratory Care Program

 

 

$7317

Costs are approximate and are subject to change based upon Dean/EVPI (Executive Vice President, Instruction) Committee’s approval.
Additional Information:

Physical examinations, including immunizations, must be current each year.

Costs for healthcare and healthcare insurance are the responsibility of the individual student.

Plans should be made for childcare costs, if applicable.

Transportation to and from class and to clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

Visit the financial aid page for general financial aid information.

Specific respiratory care scholarships are only awarded to students enrolled in and actively taking respiratory care (RC) classes. Students must complete the online scholarship application and complete the FAFSA to be considered for specific scholarships. Log in to MyJCCC.   Select "My Financial Aid" and complete the scholarship application for the aid year for which you are applying.

Students anticipating difficulty in financing their education should contact the Financial Aid office, second floor of the Student Center, 913-469-3840, as soon as possible to request application information for student financial aid assistance.

The Financial Aid Process Checklist (pdf) is a great reference on the process for receiving financial aid at JCCC.

To check your financial aid requirements and status; log in to MyJCCC and select "My Financial Aid," then select "Requirements."