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A.S. in Respiratory Care

Breathe Life into Your Career

The A.S. in respiratory care is a 2-year program that prepares graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to take the entry-level examination of the National Board for Respiratory Care to become a registered respiratory therapist.

To better fit your schedule, you can complete the program in either Sioux Falls or Rapid City.

Sign-On BonusesScholarships and Sponsorship Opportunities for Respiratory Care Students

SDState Respiratory Care Program- By the Numbers

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The respiratory care program holds continuing accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), with the main clinical location in Sioux Falls (CoARC program number 200070) and a satellite location in Rapid City (CoARC program number 300015).

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. Program outcomes data is available on the CoARC website.

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SDSU Respiratory Care Program Honored.

For the fourth consecutive year, the respiratory care program at South Dakota State University has been honored for achieving 100% Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success. The President’s Award for Excellence in Credentialing Success is awarded by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. SDSU is one of a select few programs nationwide to earn the award.


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