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respiratory therapist

    Video: Respiratory Therapist

    Program Number: 10-515-1
    School Year: 2017-2018
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac
    Full-Time Enrollment Only

    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 Moraine Park Respiratory Therapist Program, CoARC #200444, awards an associate of applied science degree. The program is located on the Fond du Lac campus and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

    *Outcomes data from the 2014 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 Median Salary for Recent Graduates

    • $44,400

    Approximate Costs

    • $130.35 per credit (resident)
    • $195.53 per credit (out-of-state resident)
    • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
    • Fees shown are 2016-2017 fees; 2017-2018 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.

    Program Outcomes

    • Apply respiratory therapy concepts to patient care situations.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency required to fulfill the role of a 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.   
    • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
    • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

    Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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    Clinical Admissions Requirement:


    • Petition Process FAQ (Currently accepted pre-core Respiratory Therapist students, go to myMPTC Student tab for specifics.)
    • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)

    Courses

    NumberTitleCrs
    Term 1
    501-101Medical Terminology3
    515-111Respiratory Survey3
    515-171Respiratory Therapeutics 13
    801-136English Composition 13
    806-197Microbiology4
    890-101**College 1012
    Total18
     
    Term 2
    103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    515-112Respiratory Airway Management2
    515-172Respiratory Therapeutics 23
    515-173Respiratory Pharmacology3
    515-174Respiratory and Cardiac Physiology3
    801-1xxCommunication Course3
    Total15
     
    Term 3
    515-175Respiratory Clinical 12
    Total2
     
    Term 4
    515-113Respiratory Life Support3
    515-176Respiratory Disease3
    515-178Respiratory Clinical 23
    515-179Respiratory Clinical 33
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Total15
     
    Term 5
    515-180Respiratory Neonatal and Pediatric Care2
    515-181Respiratory and Cardio Diagnostics3
    515-182Respiratory Clinical 43
    515-183Respiratory Clinical 53
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Total14
     
    Required Elective Credits2
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements70

    General Education Options

    View the Respiratory Therapist General Education Course Options.

    Institutional Requirements

    ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

    Additional Program Requirements

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

    Academic Planner

    Transfer Opportunities

    Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

    Additional Information

    *Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.

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

    For more information on our Sleep Technician Program click here.

    For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.