Respiratory Therapist

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.

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Program Accreditation

The program is accredited by the:
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (
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College Accreditation

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

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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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. 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 Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
EMTP 2230 ACLS 1 credits
EMTP 2234 Pediatric Adv Life Suppor 1 credits
HLTH 1106 Medical Terminology 2 credits
HLTH 2002 Pharmacology 2 credits
RESP 1104 Non Acute Resp Care 4 credits
RESP 1110 Adult Critical Care 4 credits
RESP 1120 Cardio Physiology/Assess 3 credits
RESP 1124 Clinical I 3 credits
RESP 2206 Clinical II 3 credits
RESP 2211 Summer Clinical 2 credits
RESP 2212 Diagnostic Procedures 3 credits
RESP 2236 Neonatal Resuscitation Pr 1 credits
RESP 2242 Pediatric/Neonatal Care 4 credits
RESP 2248 Clinical III 3 credits
RESP 2252 Advanced Critical Care 4 credits
RESP 2258 Clinical IV 3 credits
RESP 2260 Spring Internship 1 credits
RESP 2262 Summer Internship 3 credits
RESP 2276 Adv Prac Registry Review 3 credits
BIOL 2221 Microbiology 3 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
CHEM 1020 Intro to Chemistry 4 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits
PSYC 1105 Intro to Psychology 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 78 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

PHIL 1101Intro to Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 1102Intro to Ethics 3 credits
PHIL 2210Morals and Medicine 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will communicate effectively with patients, families, physicians, and colleagues based upon respect for the dignity and work of each person.
2. Student will apply principles of basic sciences to the required duties and skills in the practice of respiratory care.
3. Student will perform safely and accurately, advanced-level clinical tasks in a structured health care setting.
4. Student will perform job duties within existing ethical and legal parameter for healthcare professionals.
5. Student will exhibit professional characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes appropriate to scope of practice for respiratory care practitioners.
6. Student will perform accurate and efficient patient assessments according to policies and procedures required of respiratory therapists.
7. Student will apply safety and infection control measures to patient care at all times in the classroom, lab, and clinic or hospital setting.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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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 2010 to 2020 is 9.9%, a high career growth.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Alan Gunderson
  • Respiratory Therapy Instructor
  • (218) 793-2584
  • Tony Sorum
  • Respiratory Therapy Instructor/Program Director
  • (218) 793-2628