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.


Employment

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%.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Respiratory Therapy Technician in the state of Minnesota is $25.32 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 5.5%, a high growth career.

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


Program Course Listings

View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks

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
TOTAL CREDITS: 78
 

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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