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Mountain Empire Community College

Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist (51.0908)
Associate's Degree - Applied
Enrollment, Awards, Wages, Debt, and Other Outcomes




Respiratory Care Therapy
Program Status: Active/Approved to Enroll Students and Confer Degrees
Degree Title: AAS
2010 CIP Code: 510908

Credit HoursProgram Offered
On-Campus:YesYes
Off-Campus:YesYes

Date Progam Approved to Confer Degrees:  08/2000
Program authorized for distance learning
Enrollments and Awards
Academic YearFall HeadcountAnnual FTEDegrees
2017-18333315
2018-19313111
2019-20343314
2020-21323112
2021-2226108

Average time-to-completion in yearsAverage credits-to-completionAverage monthly earnings six months after graduation
$ 3,618




The table to the right provides the degree award history of each the last five years, disaggregated by state residency. This breakout may may help explain why a relatively low percentage of program completers may appear to be working in Virginia.



Program Graduates by Domicile
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateTotal
2017-1815015
2018-198311
2019-2012214
2020-2112012
2021-22718
Five Year Summary54660
Distribution by Gender and Race/Ethnicity within Five-year Totals,


YearForeign/ InternationalAfrican Am. or Black (NH)Am. Indian/ Native Am. (NH)Asian/ Pacific Islander (NH)HispanicWhite, Caucasian Am. (NH)Multi-Race (NH)Unknown/ Unreported (NH)Total
Sum of the Last 5 Years000060059060



Wages Earned in 2020

The table below shows the wage data for the select program and places it in the context of all wages at the same degree level of this institution by graduates with at least three (3) quarters of employment.





Post-Completion Wage Outcomes
Graduation YearGrads (n)Grads w/Wages (n)25th PercentileMedian Wage75th Percentile
2009-10 (10 years)9626%$22,996$29,820$52,863
2011-12 (8 years)8237%$13,373$24,631$38,763
2014-15 (5 years)6724%$18,093$27,381$30,134
2016-17 (3 years)6529%$20,193$37,369$41,468
2018-19 (18 months)6517%$16,230$31,034$44,133



Student Debt of Graduates
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Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2012-13 to 2016-171218.5%$ 2,609$ 4,938$ 6,349$ 10,517
2013-14 to 2017-181420.9%$ 3,217$ 5,200$ 6,491$ 8,615
2014-15 to 2018-191624.6%$ 3,235$ 4,938$ 6,556$ 8,214
2015-16 to 2019-201320.0%$ 3,410$ 6,880$ 7,615$ 9,646
2016-17 to 2020-211016.1%$ 3,410$ 7,346$ 8,174$ 12,900
Note: Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity is not available.
Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation, Including Parent-PLUS and Grad-PLUS
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2012-13 to 2016-171218.5%$ 2,609$ 4,938$ 6,349$ 10,517
2013-14 to 2017-181420.9%$ 3,217$ 5,200$ 6,491$ 8,615
2014-15 to 2018-191624.6%$ 3,235$ 4,938$ 6,556$ 8,214
2015-16 to 2019-201320.0%$ 3,410$ 6,880$ 8,485$ 12,900
2016-17 to 2020-211016.1%$ 3,410$ 7,346$ 9,305$ 15,119


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More Details on Degree Awards History.


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