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Respiratory Care, A.A.S.


Become a respiratory therapist in as little as two-and-a-half years.


Associate of Applied Science






2.5 Years

Curriculum Map

What You'll Learn in the Respiratory Care program

Learn by doing in our state-of-the-art facilities and through clinical placements in real-world medical settings. You'll gain the knowledge to be a competent and compassionate respiratory therapist. 

What You Can Do with a respiratory care Degree

You'll be prepared to take the National Board for Respiratory Care registration exam, qualifying you to work in hospitals, nursing homes, physician's offices, home health agencies and specialized care hospitals. 

Clinical Settings

A list of clinical settings where imaging sciences students gain real-world experience.

Fees & Expenses

A list of additional fees and expenses for imaging sciences students

Physical Requirements

All imaging sciences students must meet certain physical requirements

Background Check & Drug Screening

View required screening process for imaging sciences students.

Grievance Policy

Methods for students to file grievances.

What Makes Morehead State’s Program different

Morehead State, Maysville Community and Technical College and Ashland Community and Technical College formed the Northeast Kentucky Consortium for Respiratory Care. The resources of member institutions are combined and made available to students at MSU. General education courses may be taken at any of the member institutions and respiratory care courses will be taken at the Rowan County campus of Maysville Community and Technical College.   

Admission to the respiratory care program

The Respiratory Care program has a selective admission procedure separate from the admission procedure for Morehead State. Enrollment in the program is limited. Students seeking admission must apply to the program by Nov. 15 of each year. The program begins in the spring semester each year.  

Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
  • BIOL 234: Human Anatomy 
  • MATH 135: Math for Technical Students 
  • FYS 101:  First Year Seminar 
  • COMS 108: Fundamentals of Speech Communication 
  • ENG 100: Writing I  
  1. Students desiring admission must submit the following application materials by Nov. 15:
  • 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 coursework. 

Submit the application packet to: 

Morehead State University 

Dept. Kinesiology, Health, Imaging Sciences 

Dr. Probst, Department Chair 

210 Center Health Educ. Res. 

Morehead, KY 40351 

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Research Opportunities

Morehead State students have numerous opportunities to actively participate in academic research as early as their freshman year through our Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program.

Learn about research opportunities

Contact Information

Department of Kinesiology, Health & Imaging Sciences

210D Center for Health, Education and Research
Morehead, KY 40351


PHONE: 606-783-2180