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Governor honors respiratory therapists

Respiratory Care Week 2021

Respiratory therapists were honored by a proclamation from Gov. Kristi Noem during Respiratory Care Week Oct. 24-30.

The proclamation noted “respiratory therapists are frontline experts in ventilator management and have worked tirelessly through their sacrifices and dedication to helping patients in critical need diagnosed with COVID-19 during the public health emergency” and their expertise can be found in any venue from critical care units to sleep labs.

The SDSU respiratory care program is in the Allied and Population Health Department within the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.

The program has about 40 students currently working toward an associate degree and 20 working toward their bachelor’s degree in respiratory care.

The associate program begins each May and consists of a year of both didactic and labs in the classroom with clinical rotations in the second year. The bachelor’s degree can be obtained completely online and done while working as a registered respiratory therapy practitioner.

Up to eight students are accepted each year at the Rapid City campus at Monument Health and up to 16 are accepted at the Sioux Falls campus located at both Avera and Sanford hospitals.

The program has 100% job placement rate for both sites along with a board exam pass rate much above the national average.