Respiratory Care Technology


Our Respiratory Care Technology program is a two-year program that prepares graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and effective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs).

Respiratory Therapists are primarily responsible for initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation along with the setup and monitoring of life support systems. They also provide treatment for heart and lung disorders by administering breathing treatments, medications and oxygen. Additionally, Respiratory Therapists perform diagnostic procedures such as arterial blood gas analysis, electrocardiograms, pulmonary function testing, and sleep studies.

Upon completion of the second year, students will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science. Graduates are then eligible to take the NBRC Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) exam and the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE) in order to earn their Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

Did You Know?

  • You can invest two years in a college education that prepares you for a variety of career options.
  • Respiratory Therapists are critical members of the healthcare team. They work diligently in cooperation with physicians and nurses, to participate in a variety of life-saving and life-supportive efforts for newborns to the geriatric patient.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for Respiratory Therapists is expected to grow 23% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Hinds CC has a highly successful program. Our graduates are consistently successful on credentialing exams and traditionally experience a 100% job placement rate.

Courses Are Offered At These Locations


For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.

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Admission Requirements

  • Complete the Application for Admission.
  • Application for selection to the Respiratory Care Technology Program Selection Application.
  • Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript, GED® equivalency transcript, or college transcript.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
  • ACT composite score of 18 (15, if taken before October 1989)
  • Applicant must be eligible to take MAT 1133 – Pre-College Algebra, or MAT 1134 – Pre-College Algebra as determined by the Hinds Community College Mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.


Completion of the following college courses:

  • BIO 2511 – Anatomy and Physiology I, Laboratory and BIO 2513 – Anatomy and Physiology I, Lecture.
  • BIO 2521 – Anatomy and Physiology II, Laboratory and BIO 2523 – Anatomy and Physiology II, Lecture
  • MAT 1313 – College Algebra or BIO 2921 – Microbiology, Laboratory and BIO 2923 – Microbiology, Lecture.

All required courses must be completed with a “C” or above, and science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed within five years of entering the first Respiratory Therapy class.

Selection Process

  • Effective for applicants applying for Fall 2022 applications will be available March 1st thru July 31st.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a score of 50 or higher on the rating scale and who complete the application procedure by April 15th.
  • Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes ACT composite with sub-scores, ; RCT Program prerequisite letter grades; highest previous certificate or degree; and military experience.
  • Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Respiratory Care Technology Program.

Program Accreditation

The Hinds Community College Respiratory Care Technology Program, CoARC Program Number 200026, located at the Nursing & Allied Health Center 1750 Chadwick Dr Jackson, MS 39204 (Jackson Campus) awards an Associate in Applied Science Degree.

This program is accredited by 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.” Prospective students can find CoARC contact information and view program outcomes data* by visiting the CoARC website.

For more information:
The CoARC’s main webpage

Respiratory Care Programmatic Outcomes

Prospective Hinds Community College Respiratory Care Technology students can view Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) program outcomes data* by clicking on the following link:

*This data is self-reported by respiratory care programs to CoARC and reflects the aggregate data for the three year time period being reported.


LaShonda Eades, BS, RRT
Lillian Naylor-Pope, BS, RRT
Clinical Coordinator
April Wallace, AAS, RRT
RCT Faculty
Program Entry Navigators
Cooper McCachren
Nursing and Allied Health Center Advisor
Christie Adair
Nursing and Allied Health Center Advisor
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