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Respiratory Care

Breathing is a privilege many of us may take for granted. However, those with cardiopulmonary diseases know just how hard breathing can be. At SDSU, you can become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and help patients manage their breathing obstacles. To better fit your schedule, you can complete your program in either Sioux Falls or Rapid City.

The Respiratory Care Program offers associate and baccalaureate respiratory care degrees, to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice, as performed by Registered Respiratory Therapists. 

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Meet Grace Fields, one of our Respiratory Care students!

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'I am from Jackson, Minnesota, a small town in the southwestern part of the state. I have loved science since I was young, and always knew I wanted to go into the medical field. A few years ago, my grandma was diagnosed with lung cancer, and she talked about how helpful her respiratory therapists were during that time. I started looking into the RT field more, and the more I learned about it, the more I knew that it would be the perfect career choice for me.

The Respiratory Care program has been a great experience so far. The small class size allows the professors to spend more one-on-one time with students. The professors make class fun and engaging, taking time to thoroughly explain the answer to any question. Even though our classes have been online this summer, we are now able to go into the hospitals for our clinical shifts. Being able to work with registered RT’s, learning how machines work, listening to breath sounds on real patients and getting so much hands-on experience has been my favorite part so far. I am so excited to be a part of this program, and I can’t wait to help patients breathe easier!

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Great time to be a respiratory therapist

Labor department statistics portend major growth in the health care industry and the report on respiratory therapy should really put wind in the sails of potential respiratory therapists.

First collegewide interprofessional education launched

Students from the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions participated in the first collegewide interprofessional education activity Oct. 5-6, 2021.

Governor honors respiratory therapists

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