Become a respiratory therapist in under three years with an associate degree from Moraine Park Technical College. The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
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 program graduates are qualified for admission to the entry-level and advanced practitioner examinations to become a registered respiratory therapist.
What You’ll Learn
Moraine Park Respiratory Therapy program 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.
Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), Moraine Park’s Respiratory Therapy program (CoARC #200444*) awards an associate of applied science degree, and is offered at the Fond du Lac Campus. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.
*Outcomes data from the 2020 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the CoARC website:
- 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
Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 6-8 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.
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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.
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The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment.
- $143.45 per credit (resident)
- $215.18 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Please refer to the Tuition & Fee Information for additional enrollment fee information.
Students must purchase MPTC scrubs, a name badge, and a stethoscope upon entrance into the core of this program. Approximate cost is $125. Pre-core students do not incur these costs up front. Students will work with their advisor for details. Required books and materials are an additional cost. New, used, and rental books may be an option.
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State Licensure Disclosure: Moraine Park’s Respiratory Therapy program prepares students to obtain the educational requirements for licensure to be employed/practice in the state of Wisconsin. No determination has been made if the curriculum matches the educational requirements for preparation, examinations, or licensure for other states. Visit the Accreditation page for more details about accreditation.
Licensing Organization: American Association of Respiratory Care
Clinical evaluation of competencies is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.