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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.

Students in the Respiratory Care Program are exposed to advanced technology and the latest respiratory equipment, including:

  • Ventilators
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood analyzing machines
  • Medical charting systems

Students will develop skills and master concepts in:

  • Patient assessment
  • Neonatal care
  • Hemodynamic analysis
  • Ventilator management
  • Emergency and trauma
  • Pulmonary diagnostic testing
  • Disease management
  • Respiratory pharmacology

Students complete clinical rotations at Avera, Sanford, and Monument Health with real patients at the bedside as part of their degree completion.

Professional Opportunities

You will also have access to seminars and conferences, like the South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care (SDSRC). You can build your resume and network with potential employers by sitting on the SDSRC board of directors as a student representative. In addition, SDSRC offers scholarships and opportunities to attend the American Association for Respiratory Care conferences.


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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