Respiratory Therapy

Program Number: 10-515-1
School Year: 2020-2021
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
This program is eligible for financial aid
Full-Time Enrollment Only

Become a respiratory therapist in under three years with an associate degree from Moraine Park Technical College.

About the Program

Respiratory therapists work as part of a health care team to evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages with respiratory and other cardiopulmonary disorders.

Respiratory therapists see patients with diseases, infections and viruses of the cardiopulmonary system, such as lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and pneumonia. Common respiratory care includes managing mechanical ventilation life support systems, 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 and modifying the prescribed respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary procedures. Respiratory therapists also provide patient, family and community education, and participate in life support activities as required. Upon graduation, Moraine Park Respiratory Therapy students are qualified for admission to the entry-level and advanced practitioner examinations to become a registered respiratory therapist.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, Moraine Park’s Respiratory Therapy program (CoARC #200444*) awards an associate of applied science degree, and is offered at the Fond du Lac Campus.

*Outcomes data from the 2019 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the CoARC website:

What You’ll Learn

Moraine Park Respiratory Therapy students gain hands-on experience in applying respiratory therapy concepts to patient care situations, demonstrating technical proficiency required to fulfill the role of a respiratory therapist and practice respiratory therapy according to established professional and ethical standards.

Number Title Crs
Clinical Admissions Requirements
Petition Process - Please see Admission Process
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology 4
Total 7
Semester 1
501-101 Medical Terminology 3
515-111 Respiratory Survey 3
515-171 Respiratory Therapeutics 1 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
890-101 College 101 2
Total 15
Semester 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
Total 15
515-175 Respiratory Clinical 1 2
Total 2
Semester 3
515-113 Respiratory Life Support 3
515-176 Respiratory Disease 3
515-178 Respiratory Clinical 2 3
515-179 Respiratory Clinical 3 3
809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
Total 15
Semester 4
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
809-1xx Social Science Course 3
Total 14
Total Credits 68