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Respiratory Care (B.S.)

  • Location IconBrookings
  • Location IconHuron
  • Location IconMadison
  • Location IconRapid City
  • Location IconSioux Falls

Be a part of patient care.

If you’ve ever found yourself trying to catch your breath, you’ve experienced what individuals with asthma, emphysema, and other heart or lung-related issues go through daily. With a degree in respiratory care, you can help these individuals breathe easy.

Elevate your career and set yourself up for upward mobility with our B.S. completion program, designed for working professionals with online and face to face course options. Our B.S. degree is a continuation of the A.S. degree in Respiratory Care. The B.S. degree will further develop your Respiratory Therapy skills and knowledge base in: medical ethics, pharmacology, advanced sciences, Respiratory Care management, and current issues in Respiratory Care.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy helping people in their time of need
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Want the ability to work in a variety of places with patients of all ages
  • Want to work in a profession with lots of variety
  • Like technology and science

Career Opportunities

  • Respiratory Care Clinical Specialist
  • Respiratory Care Supervisor
  • Flight Respiratory Therapist
  • Clinical Educator

Recent Employers

  • Sanford Health
  • Avera Health
  • Monument Health

Clubs and Organizations

  • South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care (SDSRC)
  • SDSU Respiratory Care Club

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a Career Coach in the Office of Career Development.