Respiratory Therapy

  • Credits: 78
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks, Online

Program Overview

As a Respiratory Therapist you can hold an exciting position on the health care team. Under the supervision of a physician, the Respiratory Therapist is responsible for oxygen and gas therapy, care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems including cardiopulmonary arrest, delivery of aerosolized medication, chest physiotherapy, obtaining and analyzing arterial blood gas specimens, pulmonary function testing, maintenance of patients in need of mechanical ventilators, and education of patients and families.

The Respiratory Therapist program is a Hyflex program. Students can participate in the theory components in person, online via zoom, or online asynchronously. There are required meeting times that student must attend in person for lab and clinical.

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Employment Information

The graduate of the AAS in Respiratory Care will be eligible, as required by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), to take first the entry Level exam, followed by the advanced level examination to be credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Both levels require national credentialing examinations to earn the credentials of Certified or Registered respectively. Demand for the Respiratory Care Practitioner is very high, with a nationwide projected increase of over 50%.

  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Specialist
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist
  • Sleep Specialist
  • Neonatal Critical Care Certification

Career Outlook

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Program Course Listings

View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks | Online

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2
RESP 1104 Non Acute Resp Care 4
RESP 1110 Adult Critical Care 4
RESP 1120 Cardio Physiology/Assess 3
RESP 1126 Clinical I 1
RESP 2207 Clinical II 2
RESP 2211 Clinical III 2
RESP 2212 Diagnostic Procedures 3
RESP 2230 ACLS 1
RESP 2232 Pediatric AdvLife Support 1
RESP 2236 Neonatal Resuscitation Pr 1
RESP 2242 Neo/Peds Critical Care 4
RESP 2244 Integrated Pract I 1
RESP 2246 Neonatal Internship I 1
RESP 2250 Internship I 5
RESP 2252 Advanced Critical Care 4
RESP 2254 Internship II 5
RESP 2260 Neonatal Internship II 1
RESP 2262 Internship III 3
RESP 2264 Integrated Pract II 1
RESP 2276 Adv Prac Registry Review 3
RESP 2278 Patient Ed & Wellness 2
BIOL 2221 Microbiology 3
BIOL 2260 Anatomy & Phys I 4
BIOL 2262 Anatomy & Phys II 4
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
  G3: Natural Sciences Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 4
  G5: History/Social Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3

Program Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G3: Natural Science Electives
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4
CHEM 1122 General Chemistry II 5
CHEM 2211 Organic Chemistry I 5
G5: History/Social Science Electives
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
PSYC 2201 Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 2215 Abnormal Psychology 3
G6: Humanities/Fine Arts Electives
PHIL 1101 Intro to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3
PHIL 2210 Morals and Medicine 3

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