Respiratory Therapist Associate in Applied Science Degree
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Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist Associate of Applied Science Degree
Respiratory Therapist

Program Overview

Respiratory therapists manage the ventilation of critically ill patients as well as provide acute and chronic care to patients with pulmonary disease.

Under the supervision of registered nurses, respiratory therapists administer gas therapy, aerosol medications, various breathing treatments, and chest physiotherapy. They provide mechanical ventilation, special diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Laboratory procedures including pulmonary function testing and arterial blood-gas analysis are also performed.

Preparation for the Respiratory Therapist Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree program includes excellent reading skills, biology, chemistry and physics. ​​High school algebra is required for this program. One should also have good manual dexterity and an ability to lift fifty pounds.​

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, online, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab​s on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

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Program Highlights

  • 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

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    Full-Time Only
    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 Process
    The next available Respiratory Therapy Application program start date is Fall Semester 2020. Interested students should submit completed Application to Respi​ratory Therapy​​ program forms to One Stop starting Wednesday, September 4​, 2019. Submitted applications will be dated upon receipt and held in the One Stop until the priority review deadline that will be listed on the application. After the priority review deadline, applications are reviewed on a first-qualified first-served basis. All applicants will receive email notification of their admission approximately 6 weeks after the priority review deadline. Inclusion of a complete, legible, accurate address on the application will help ensure delivery of the admission status letter. 

    ​Program Preparation
    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. ​

  • Career Settings

    • Hospitals
    • Medical clinics
    • Home care agencies
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Sleep diagnostics
    • Rehabilitation facilities
    Potential Employers
    • Allina Hospita​ls & 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
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs l​isted below. 

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    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

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  • Additional Benefits

    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
    • Receive Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
    • 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
    • Successfully pass the National Certification Exam

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Saint Paul College’s Respiratory Therapist Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

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Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Phone: 817.283.2835​

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