Respiratory Care Practitioner


This 73 credit-hour program combines classroom, lab, and clinical training to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to become a competent Respiratory Therapist. Students receive training in cardiopulmonary assessment, evaluation and treatment of cardiopulmonary disease processes with various Respiratory Care modalities.

To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each RCT course to progress in the program.  A passing grade must be earned in all other coursework.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain a 17 composite score on the ACT;
  • Score a 240 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Reading Section, 231 on the ACCUPLACER NG Algebra QAS Section and a 275 or above on the ACCUPLACER NG Arithmetic Section;
  • Complete at least 15 semester hours of program specific coursework with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university.  Courses must include A&P I w/Lab, A&P II w/Lab (required as prerequisites). Remaining credit hours can be chosen from English Composition I, Public Speaking, Computer Concepts or Applications, Behavioral Science and a Humanities or Fine Arts; and
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework; and
  • Earn a “C” or higher in BIO 2513/2511 Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 2523/2521 Anatomy and Physiology II prior to admission; and Attend an RCT Information Session. Students will receive notice from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling their information/interview session.

The Respiratory Care Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.  Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.

Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students check with the Health Education Advisor for selection details and deadlines.

After program admission, students must provide proof of immunization for MMR. A Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test. A drug screening test will be scheduled after enrollment.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories. These fees will be attached as registration fees. There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences. If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the program. For additional information, contact the Health Education Advisor.

Students in the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester credit hours).

Course Number Course Description Hours
BIO 2513/BIO 2511/2514 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
BIO 2523/BIO 2521/2524 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
  Semester Hours 8
Course Number Course Description Hours
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
RCT 1213 Respiratory Care Sciences 3
RCT 1313 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 3
RCT 1223 Patient Assessment and Planning 3
RCT 1011 Seminar I 1
RCT 1613 Respiratory Pharmacology 3
  Semester Hours 16
Course Number Course Description Hours
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
RCT 1416 Respiratory Care Technology I 6
RCT 1515 Clinical Practice I 5
RCT 1021    Seminar II 1
RCT 2333 Cardiopulmonary Pathology 3
  Semester Hours 18
Course Number Course Description Hours
RCT 1523 Clinical Practice II 3
RCT 1322 Pulmonary Function Testing 2
RCT 1424 Respiratory Care Technology II 4
  Semester Hours 9
Course Number Course Description Hours
- Humanities/ Fine Arts Elective 3
RCT 2534 Clinical Practice III 4
RCT 2434 Respiratory Care Technology III 4
RCT 2031 Seminar III 1
CSC 1113 Computer Concepts 3
  Semester Hours 15
Course Number Course Description Hours
RCT 2713 Respiratory Care Seminar IV 3
RCT 2545 Clinical Practice IV 5
RCT 2614 Neonatal/Ped. Management 4
  Behavioral /Social Science 3
  Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours

MCC’s Respiratory Care Practitioner Program is a program that meets the education requirements for a respiratory care practitioner in MS, following successful completion of the National Board of Respiratory Care TMC exam.  Requirements for other states can be found through 
Determinations about whether the Respiratory Care Practitioner program at MCC meets the state education requirements for US States, Territories, and the District of Columbia can be found here: Professional Licensure & State Authorization Program Determination Disclosure. Outbound Link

The Respiratory Care Practitioner Program, #200478, awarding an Associate of Applied Science at the campus in Meridian, MS, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (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.


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Christena Brown-Bradley, Coordinator


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Jimmyia Smith, Advisor