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 2017 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.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates
Approximate Costs
Program Outcomes
Career Opportunities
Admission Process
Additional Program Requirements
Transfer Opportunities
Additional Information
Approximate Costs
  • $136.50 per credit (resident)
  • $204.75 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
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
  • Pulmonary Case Navigator
  • Home Care Therapist/Manager
  • Acute Care Respiratory Therapist
Admission Process

Standard Admissions steps details

This program also requires:

  • Health Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check

Petition Process Details: Students are provisionally accepted to the Respiratory Therapy Program in “pre-core” status. When program ready, students go through the petition process.

    Additional Program Requirements
    Due to accreditation requirements, completion of mock certification and registry exams are required for graduation.
    Transfer Opportunities
    1. Transfer in prior college work or get a free transcript review. Start here.
    2. Transfer a Moraine Park degree to earn a bachelor’s – learn more.
    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.

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    Clinical Admissions Requirements
    Petition Process - Please see Admission Process
    801-136English Composition 13
    806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
    Total 7
    Semester 1
    501-101Medical Terminology3
    515-111Respiratory Survey3
    515-171Respiratory Therapeutics 13
    890-101College 1012
    Total 15
    Semester 2
    103-159Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
    515-112Respiratory Airway Management2
    515-172Respiratory Therapeutics 23
    515-173Respiratory Pharmacology3
    515-174Respiratory and Cardiac Physiology3
    801-196Oral and Interpersonal Communication3
    Total 15
    515-175Respiratory Clinical 12
    Total 2
    Semester 3
    515-113Respiratory Life Support3
    515-176Respiratory Disease3
    515-178Respiratory Clinical 23
    515-179Respiratory Clinical 33
    809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
    Total 15
    Semester 4
    515-180Respiratory Neonatal and Pediatric Care2
    515-181Respiratory and Cardio Diagnostics3
    515-182Respiratory Clinical 43
    515-183Respiratory Clinical 53
    809-1xxSocial Science Course3
    Total 14
    Total Credits68