This program prepares students to become qualified members of the respiratory care profession. Throughout the program, students are provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to evaluate, treat, and manage patients with respiratory diseases and other cardiopulmonary disorders. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, students gain skills in clinical decision-making and patient education. Students are guided in the development of the ethical practice necessary to enter the allied health workforce.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC).
Program #200417

Program Outcome Data:

Program outcome data is provided by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC), and can be accessed via this link (select Ctrl + F to search for Kennebec Valley once the PDF document loads).

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.”

More Information on Respiratory Therapy

Mission & Outcomes

Program Mission

he mission of the Respiratory Therapy Program at Kennebec Valley Community College is to educate and train competent Respiratory Therapists who will provide patients in all health care settings with appropriate and quality respiratory care services. The program is committed to providing students with a foundation of knowledge, skills and behaviors that will carry them into the work force and lifelong learning.

Educational Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Respiratory Therapy program, graduates are expected to:

  1. Be prepared and competent to provide respiratory care services within their scope of practice.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors that allow them to function ethically and responsibly by showing tolerance and respect for diversity of culture, age, and gender.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication with patients, families, and other members of the health care community.
  4. Be capable of critical thinking and problem solving within their scope of professional practice.
  5. Participate in activities that foster professional growth as life-long learners.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 73 credits in the Respiratory Therapy program, achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses, and attain a final GPA of 2.0 or higher. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Graduates are eligible to apply for a Maine license to practice Respiratory Care.

Year One

Semester I




Total Hours

RTS111 Intro to Respiratory Care



RTS117 Cardiopulmonary/Renal Anatomy & Physiology


BIO213 Anatomy & Physiology I


CHE113 Biochemistry OR any CHE111 or higher


Semester II

RTS112 Therapeutic Modalities in Respiratory Care



RTS121 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics


BIO214 Anatomy & Physiology II


ENG101 College Composition


MAT111 Quantitative Methods




Summer Session– Six Weeks
RTS120 Clinical Practicum I 3  


RTS127 Respiratory Pharmacology 2
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3

Year Two

Semester III

RTS223 Mechanical Ventilation



RTS225 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care


RTS226 Cardiopulmonary Pathology


RTS229 Clinical Practicum II


* Social Science Elective


Semester IV

RTS224 Concepts in Critical Care



RTS230 Clinical Practicum III


RTS231 Respiratory Care Senior Seminar


COM104 or COM105 Introduction to Communication OR Interpersonal Comm. 3
* Humanties Elective




Kennebec Valley Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer.

Exposure to Infectious Disease & Latex

Applicants who consider a career in phlebotomy or any other of the allied health professions should be aware that during the course of their education and subsequent employment, they will be working in situations where exposure to infectious diseases is probable. This is an occupational risk for all health care workers. Persons should not become health care workers unless they recognize and accept this risk. Proper education and strict adherence to well-established infection control guidelines, however, can reduce the risk to a minimum. Thorough education in infection control procedures is an integral part of each health care program.

Additionally, applicants should be aware that exposure to natural rubber latex (NRL) is possible. Individuals exposed to NRL products may develop allergic reactions such as skin rashes; hives; nasal, eyes, or sinus symptoms; and, rarely, shock.

Criminal Background Check

Applicants to certain programs should be aware that a criminal background check will be required while they are enrolled in the program or as a condition of employment in the field. Certain internship and/or practicum sites, such as health care facilities, may limit or deny clinical privileges to those who have a prior or current criminal record; and certain licensing boards may refuse to issue a license to practice based upon prior or current criminal offense(s). To learn more about whether the program or profession in which you are interested has such requirements or limitations, please see the Department Chair or Program Director.

Links to RT Boards & Associations

Below are links to boards, associations and other bodies that help define our program and industry, in the State of Maine and beyond.


Danielle Schryver, Program Director
(207) 453-5175

Hannah Leadbetter, Director of Clinical Education
(207) 453-5006