Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist video

Program Number: 10-515-1
School Year: 2014-2015
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac

Program Description

Respiratory therapists, as members of a team of health care professionals, work to evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders in a wide variety of clinical settings. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, respiratory therapists are involved in clinical decision-making (such as patient evaluation, treatment selection and assessment of treatment efficacy) and patient education.

The scope of practice for respiratory therapy includes, but is not limited to: assessing the cardiopulmonary status of patients, drawing blood samples, performing blood gas analysis and pulmonary function testing, initiating ordered respiratory care, evaluating and monitoring patients' responses to such care, modifying the prescribed respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary procedures and life support endeavors to achieve desired therapeutic objectives, providing patient, family and community education, and participating in life support activities as required. At graduation, the student is qualified for admission to the entry-level and advanced practitioner examinations to become a registered respiratory therapist. The Respiratory Therapist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

*Outcomes data from the 2013 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: http://www.coarc.com/47.html.

Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates

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$26,851 $52,061

Approximate Costs

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply advanced-level respiratory therapy concepts to patient care situations.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency required to fulfill the role of an advanced-level Respiratory Therapist.
  • Practice respiratory therapy according to established professional and ethical standards.

Career Opportunities

  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Respiratory Care Therapist
  • Staff Therapist
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Perinatal/Pediatric Therapist
  • Pulmonary Function Technologist/Therapist
  • Sleep Disorder Center Technician
  • Nursing Home Therapist
  • Respiratory Care Educator
  • Home Care Therapist/Manager
  • Acute Care Respiratory Therapist

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Clinical Admissions Requirement:


  • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)

Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
515-111 Respiratory Survey 3
515-171 Respiratory Therapeutics 1 3
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 18
 
Term 2
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
515-112 Respiratory Airway Management 2
515-172 Respiratory Therapeutics 2 3
515-173 Respiratory Pharmacology 3
515-174 Respiratory and Cardiac Physiology 3
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
 - OR - 
801-198 Speech 3
Total 15
 
Term 3
515-175 Respiratory Clinical 1 2
Total 2
 
Term 4
515-113 Respiratory Life Support 3
515-176 Respiratory Disease 3
515-178 Respiratory Clinical 2 3
515-179 Respiratory Clinical 3 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 - OR - 
809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3
Total 15
 
Term 5
515-180 Respiratory Neonatal and Pediatric Care 2
515-181 Respiratory and Cardio Diagnostics 3
515-182 Respiratory Clinical 4 3
515-183 Respiratory Clinical 5 3
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total 17
 
Required Elective Credits 2
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 73

Exit Assessment

Clinical evaluation of competencies is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

Due to accreditation requirements, completion of mock certification and registry exams are required for graduation.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

For more information on our A-Step Program click here.