Respiratory Therapy

Information on the alignment requirements for the Respiratory Therapy Program

CIP Code: 51.0908
CIP Name: Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Definition: A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to assist in developing respiratory care plans, administer respiratory care procedures, supervise personnel and equipment operation, maintain records, and consult with other health care team members. Includes instruction in the applied basic biomedical sciences; anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the respiratory system; clinical medicine; therapeutic procedures; clinical expressions; data collection and record-keeping; patient communication; equipment operation and maintenance; personnel supervision; and procedures for special population groups.

Approval Status

The Respiratory Therapy Alignment was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on September 15, 2010.  Colleges are granted one year from the approval date to implement the alignment.

State Business and Industry Committee recommendation

The Respiratory Therapy State Business and Industry Committee recommended the following:

1.  Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).  Minimum of a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT).

2.  All programs should be supported or accredited by both the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

3.  Minimum length is an AAS.

4.  Strengthening of the following curriculum components: customer service, soft skills, clinical affiliate opportunities that maximize hands-on experience, time management and production skills, interdisciplinary RT training with nurses and others on the medical team, emphasis on process and critical thinking (application rather than memorization), skills practice with neonatal patients, NRP, PALS, pulmonary functions, purposeful relationship between clinical affiliate and instructors.

Alignment Map:

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Common Courses
No common courses – institutions may utilize their existing CoARC standards.

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.