As of November 08, 2016, NCTC will no longer be accepting applications for the Respiratory Therapist program.

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%.

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 Courses

View semester schedule by campus: East Grand Forks

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
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

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

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