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    respiratory therapist


      Video: Respiratory Therapist

      Program Number: 10-515-1
      School Year: 2018-2019
      Associate of Applied Science Degree
      Campus: Fond du Lac
      Full-Time Enrollment Only

      Program Description

      This program is designed to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

      Respiratory therapists, as members of a team of health care professionals, work to evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders in a wide variety of clinical settings. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, respiratory therapists are involved in clinical decision-making (such as patient evaluation, treatment selection and assessment of treatment efficacy) and patient education.

      The scope of practice for respiratory therapy includes, but is not limited to: 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, modifying the prescribed respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary procedures and life support endeavors to achieve desired therapeutic objectives, providing patient, family and community education, and participating in life support activities as required. At graduation, the student is qualified for admission to the entry-level and advanced practitioner examinations to become a registered respiratory therapist. Watch this video from the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care to see more about this career.

      The Moraine Park Respiratory Therapist Program, CoARC #200444, awards an associate of applied science degree. The program is located on the Fond du Lac campus and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

      *Outcomes data from the 2017 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page:

      Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

      • $47,170

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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
      • Home Care Therapist/Manager
      • Acute Care Respiratory Therapist

      Admission Process

      • Submit the college admission application.   
      • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
      • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
      • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
      • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

      Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

      Clinical Admissions Requirement:

      • Petition Process. Any questions, please contact Carmen Bonlender, Academic Advisor, at 920-924-3248.
      • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)


      Semester 1
      501-101Medical Terminology3
      515-111Respiratory Survey3
      515-171Respiratory Therapeutics 13
      801-136English Composition 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
      801-1xxCommunication Course3
      Semester 3
      515-175Respiratory Clinical 12
      Semester 4
      515-113Respiratory Life Support3
      515-176Respiratory Disease3
      515-178Respiratory Clinical 23
      515-179Respiratory Clinical 33
      809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
      Semester 5
      515-180Respiratory Neonatal and Pediatric Care2
      515-181Respiratory and Cardio Diagnostics3
      515-182Respiratory Clinical 43
      515-183Respiratory Clinical 53
      809-1xxSocial Science Course3
      Required Elective Credits2
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements70

      Institutional Requirements

      ** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

      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.

      For more information on our Sleep Technician Program click here.

      For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.