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Respiratory Care

Program Info
Respiratory care is a health care discipline that specialized in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Career opportunities include hospitals, skilled nursing care facilities, home health agencies, and physician's offices. Note: This is an Associate of Applied Science degree, with a selective admission process each year.


Respiratory Care
The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) is the sole nationally recognized authority for the accreditation of first professional degree programs in respiratory care.
Associate of Applied Sciences in Respiratory Care 
Respiratory Care
Work opportunities exist in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, home health agencies, and specialized care hospitals.

Admission to Morehead State University (see MSU admission requirements).

The AAS in Respiratory Care program has a selective admission procedure. Enrollment in the program is limited. Students seeking admission must apply to the program by November 15 of each year. The Respiratory Care web page contains a checklist of all materials needed for application.


Admission Criteria

Application (Word)  

Application Checklist  

Course Descriptions (MSU Catalog) 

Observation Requirements 

Observation Form(PDF)  (Word) 


Respiratory Care is an Associate Degree program offered by the Northeast Kentucky Consortium for Respiratory Care. In this program, Maysville Community & Technical College has joined with Ashland Community & Technical College, and Morehead State University to offer respiratory care education which meets the standards of the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Students completing this program will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Care and be a registry-eligible Respiratory Therapist.

The student will complete all admission requirements, receive financial aid, register for classes, and pay tuition and fees at their home institution. General education courses are taken on the campus of your home institution. The respiratory courses are offered at the Rowan County campus of the Maysville Community and Technical College through an agreement between all institutions.

Admission Criteria

1. Completion of BIOL 234: Human Anatomy, MATH 135: Math for Technical Students, FYS 100:  First Year Seminar
COMM 108:  Oral Communication, and ENG 100: Writing I with a grade of "C" or better.
2. Students desiring admission must submit the following application materials by November 15th:
  • Application for admission to the college/university

  • Respiratory Care Program Admission Application form

  • ACT scores or equivalent

  • Official high school transcript or GED certificate

  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary course work


Application materials are to be submitted to:

Department of Health, Wellness and Human Performance
Morehead State University

Program Coordinator:  Ann Rathbun, Ph.D.

Respiratory Care Program
Laughlin Health Building, 200C
Morehead, KY 40351


The program begins each year in the Spring Semester (January).



201 Laughlin

Morehead, Ky 40351

Barbara Willoughby, Departmental Specialist HWHP 606-783-2180
Dr. Monica Magner, Interim Department Chair HWHP 606-783-2466
Dr. Ann Rathbun, Associate Professor of HWHP, Respiratory Care Coordinator 606-783-2464

E-mail: Dr. Ann Rathbun
E-mail: Dr. Monica Magner

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