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
Special Admission Requirements
Additional Program Requirements
Program Guide
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

  • Health Requirements
  • Criminal Background Check

Visit the Admissions Page for details

Special Admission Requirements

Petition Process. Any questions, please contact Ronaldo Cordeiro, Academic Advisor, at 920-924-6376.

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

For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

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.

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Clinical Admissions Requirements
Petition Process - Please see Special Admission Requirements
801-136English Composition 13
806-177General Anatomy and Physiology4
Semester 1
501-101Medical Terminology3
515-111Respiratory Survey3
515-171Respiratory Therapeutics 13
890-101**College 1012
Semester 2
103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
515-112Respiratory Airway Management2
515-172Respiratory Therapeutics 23
515-173Respiratory Pharmacology3
515-174Respiratory and Cardiac Physiology3
801-196Oral and Interpersonal Communication3
515-175Respiratory Clinical 12
Semester 3
515-113Respiratory Life Support3
515-176Respiratory Disease3
515-178Respiratory Clinical 23
515-179Respiratory Clinical 33
809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
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 Program Credits and Institutional Requirements68