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Respiratory Therapist Associate of Applied Science Degree
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Under Program Requirements below, the Fall 2024 Application to Respiratory Therapist Major is now open! Deadline to submit completed application for priority review is February 5, 2024. Priority is given to students with all pre-requisite courses completed on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
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Saint Paul College’s Respiratory Therapist Program (200258) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
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CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
FAX TO PLAIN PAPER: 817.354.8519
Professional License Disclosure
This program is designed to meet the educational requirements for respiratory therapists in Minnesota. If you intend to seek licensure outside of Minnesota after finishing your program, use the link below to find information on the state or U.S. territory in which you intend to be licensed in order to identify whether Saint Paul College’s Respiratory Therapy program meets, does not meet, or if it has not been determined if it meets the educational requirements for licensure. If Saint Paul College program has not determined if it meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state in question, it may meet all or a portion of the educational requirements. If that is the case, we recommend that you contact the licensing agency directly before beginning the Saint Paul College program.
For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for Respiratory Therapist/Respiratory Care Practitioner license or certificate, click to check the requirements of your state or
Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements
- Learn first-hand from faculty who are top-notch in their field
- Gain practical experience through clinical training at local health care facilities
- Develop technical skills through the use of state-of-the-art equipment
- Graduates of this program usually have the choice of many immediate employment opportunities
- Medical clinics
- Home care agencies
- Long-term care facilities
- Sleep diagnostics
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Allina Hospitals & Clinics
- Fairview Health Services
- Regions Medical Center
- Hennepin County Medical Center
- Children's Hospital & Clinics
- North Memorial Health Care
- Methodist Hospital
- HealthEast Care System
- CentraCare Health
|Respiratory Therapist Gainful Employment Info|
Respiratory Therapists (RTs) provide care and treatment for cardiac and pulmonary issues. Practitioners perform diagnostic tests, administer medical gas therapy, access and record patient emulations and implement care for acute and chronically ill patients. They provide mechanical ventilation, therapeutic procedures, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Laboratory procedures include pulmonary function testing; sleep study, arterial blood gas draw and analysis, hemodynamic measurements and radiologic evaluation.
Preparation best suited for this program includes excellent reading skills, biology, chemistry and physics. Further, one should have good manual dexterity and an ability to lift fifty pounds. The goal of the program is 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 (RRT). Upon completion of the program the student is eligible to take the National Certification exam. Certification is required at graduation for licensure.
Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN
View information on our state-of-the-art Simulation Center for Health Science Programs
Students in this program must be enrolled full-time with a cohort of students. Technical courses are offered only during the day.
Textbook and Supply Costs
Students should expect to spend approximately $2,000, beyond the cost of tuition and fees, for books, for lab coat and other supplies. Additional costs include an ACLS, PALS, BLS course.
Application/Program Admission Criteria/Process
Application window will open late fall 2023. Application will be available online and students will receive an
electronic notification of their status via the e-mail address provided on the application form.
Program admission criteria. Completion of the following course:
- BIOL 1730 (Human Body Systems) or BIOL 2721 and 2722 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II) with C or higher
- ENGL 1711 (English Composition) with C or higher
- CHEM 1711 (Principles of Chemistry 1) with C or higher
- GPA requirement: Applicants need a GPA of 3.0 or above in BIOL 1730, ENGL 1711 and CHEM 1711
- Applicant required to submit official copies of all non-SPC transcripts to SPC
- Applicant required to apply to Saint Paul College
Applicant needs to have a current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) card or enroll in HLTH 1432 and complete HLTH 1410 (Medical Terminology) prior to enrolling in RESP courses.
Applications will be reviewed based on the prioritization process outlined below:
- First priority given to applicants who have GPA of 3.0 or higher in the program pre-requisite courses: BIOL 1730, ENGL 1711, and CHEM 1711.
- Second priority is given to applicants who have completed one or more the program pre-requisite with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and are currently enrolled in missing course(s).
Applicant is required to submit official copies of all non-SPC transcripts to SPC (check box on App. to RESP Major)
Applicant is required to apply to Saint Paul College (check box on App. To RESP Major)
Preparation best suited for this program includes excellent reading skills, biology, chemistry and physics. The goal of the program is 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 (RRT). Upon completion of the program the student is eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Therapist Multiple Choice Examination (TMC). Students who pass at the low-cut score earn the credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and are eligible for licensure in the state of Minnesota. Students who pass at the high-cut score are eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Examination (CSE). Upon successful completion of the CSE, the graduate will be awarded the credentials of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
All Respiratory Care students are required to meet definite standards for the profession and for clinical performance. The following are specific requirements of all students:
- Ability to stand, sit, walk, push and squat.
- Ability to lift and /or carry 25 pounds.
- Ability to reach in forward, lateral, and overhead motions.
- Ability to climb stairs.
- Ability to distinguish distance, colors, objects, and persons.
- Demonstrate depth perception.
- Ability to hear conversations, monitor equipment, perform auscultation, use telephone and distinguish background noise.
- Ability to distinguish sharp/dull and hot/cold.
- Perform fine and gross motor skills with both hands.
- Ability to think clearly and calmly in stressful situations.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others.
Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below.
For more information please go to www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.
Respiratory Therapist AAS Degree
- BS Pulmonary Science, Concordia University
- BAH Applied Health, University of Minnesota, Crookston
- BAS Healthcare Leadership & Administration, Winona State University
- BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus
- BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University
- BA Health Care Administration, Concordia University-St. Paul
|Respiratory Therapist Video|
- Patient assessment
- Mechanical ventilation and therapeutic procedures
- Use of the latest industry software and instruments
- Disease management
- Procedures including pulmonary function testing/arterial blood-gas analysis
- Special diagnostic procedures and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
|2 Female and 1 male student taking vitals of baby manikin|