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Respiratory Therapy Program

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.

This program is full-time enrollment only.

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.

Program Accreditation

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 Therapy Program Details

Program Courses

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Career Opportunities

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High School Dual Credit

Credit for Prior Learning