Respiratory Therapist

  • Credits: 78
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

As a Respiratory Therapist you can hold an exciting position on the health care team. Under the supervision of a physician, the Respiratory Therapist is responsible for oxygen and gas therapy, care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems including cardiopulmonary arrest, delivery of aerosolized medication, chest physiotherapy, obtaining and analyzing arterial blood gas specimens, pulmonary function testing, maintenance of patients in need of mechanical ventilators, and education of patients and families. University of Minnesota-Crookston offers students the opportunity to transfer into designated baccalaureate programs; Bachelor of Science in Technical Studies (Emphasis Respiratory Care), or in Applied Management-Health Management.


The graduate of the AAS in Respiratory Care will be eligible, as required by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC), to take first the entry Level exam, followed by the advanced level examination to be credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). Both levels require national credentialing examinations to earn the credentials of Certified or Registered respectively. Demand for the Respiratory Care Practitioner is very high, with a nationwide projected increase of over 50%.

The employment outlook for respiratory therapists in the state of Minnesota from 2014 to 2024 is 12%, a very high career growth.

Potential Job Titles

  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
  • Registered Pulmonary Function Specialist
  • Certified Respiratory Therapist
  • Sleep Specialist
  • Neonatal Critical Care Certification

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Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3
EMTP 2230 ACLS 1
EMTP 2234 Pediatric Adv Life Suppor 1
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2
HLTH 2002 Pharmacology 2
RESP 1104 Non Acute Resp Care 4
RESP 1110 Adult Critical Care 4
RESP 1120 Cardio Physiology/Assess 3
RESP 1124 Clinical I 3
RESP 2206 Clinical II 3
RESP 2211 Summer Clinical 2
RESP 2212 Diagnostic Procedures 3
RESP 2236 Neonatal Resuscitation Pr 1
RESP 2242 Pediatric/Neonatal Care 4
RESP 2248 Clinical III 3
RESP 2252 Advanced Critical Care 4
RESP 2258 Clinical IV 3
RESP 2260 Spring Internship 1
RESP 2262 Summer Internship 3
RESP 2276 Adv Prac Registry Review 3
BIOL 2221 Microbiology 3
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3

Area of Interest Elective Course Options

For this particular pathway, NCTC recommends a student explore further coursework in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum areas listed below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits
G6: Humanities/Fine Arts Electives
PHIL 1101 Intro to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3
PHIL 2210 Morals and Medicine 3

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Program Specific Requirements

1. Appropriate Accuplacer scores or successful completion of ENGL0095, MATH0090 must be completed before entering any RESP courses.

2. Completion of the RESP program application.

3. Four (4) hours of volunteer, observation, or work experience in a respiratory therapy department documented on the Clinical Observation form.

4. TEAS V for Allied Health (AH) adjusted individual total score of at least 45%.

5. Annual enrollment into the Respiratory Therapist semesters 1-6 courses is limited to 24 students per semester.
-- Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapist program is based upon eligibility for and successful online registration into all semester 1 Respiratory Therapist coursework.
-- Students are encouraged to declare Respiratory Therapist as their major and to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for Respiratory Therapist classes to be sure that they meet all requirements.

6. Once the online registration capacity of 24 students enrolled in RESP courses is reached, any student wanting to enroll into the respiratory therapist coursework will be encouraged to register online into the electronic waiting lists.
-- Students are also encouraged to take advantage of this time to take non-respiratory coursework to improve their chances of success in RESP course work.

7. Students on the waiting lists are encouraged to check online registration and their email, as students may drop from registration or eligibility at any time up to the first week of the semester.

8. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study upon program entry. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.

9. A laptop computer is recommended for semesters four through six.

10. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.

11. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form prior to enrollment in RESP courses.

12. Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) or CPR for Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) is required prior to enrollment in semesters 2-6 of RESP courses.


  • Prior to enrollment in Respiratory Therapist coursework, students are encouraged to read the Respiratory Therapist Program Handbook. If there are any questions or concerns related to the information in this document please contact the Program Director, Tony Sorum.
  • Students are encouraged to complete general education coursework prior to enrollment in Respiratory Therapist coursework. There is no set limit to the number of students renrolled with the college who have Respiratory Therapist as their major.
  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.

Program Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The program is accredited by the:
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

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Program Faculty

  • Alan Gunderson
  • Respiratory Therapy Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2584
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Heather Koland
  • TPT Respiratory Therapy Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
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  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282
  • Tony Sorum
  • Respiratory Therapy Instructor/Program Director
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2628
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

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