Respiratory TherapistAssociate in Applied Science (AAS)
On average, a healthy adult will breathe from 12 to 20 times per minute, and yet we rarely notice respiration—until our own is compromised. Breathing well is so crucial to patient care that all hospitals, nursing homes, and even home health care providers rely on respiratory therapists to save and improve patients’ quality of life.
A Closer Look
Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing, often from a chronic respiratory disease such as asthma or emphysema. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock. Their patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs.
Respiratory therapists do everything from maintaining the airway during the management of trauma, to assisting with anesthesia for surgery or conscious sedation, to treating and educating patients in clinical settings.
What You'll Learn
The Respiratory Therapist program at Mid-State prepares students to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with cardiopulmonary problems. Successful graduates become licensed professionals working under medical direction, skilled in the therapeutic use of medical gases, humidifiers, aerosols, and other environmental control systems.
The program combines classroom instruction and clinical experience with actual patients and equipment at local hospitals and agencies. You’ll also study medication, life support, airway clearance therapies, pulmonary rehabilitation, airway management, and long-term home care. Travel is required.
- Home Care Respiratory Therapist
- Pulmonary Function Technologist
- Respiratory Care Practitioner
- Respiratory Therapist
- Respiratory Therapy Educator
The instructors in the Respiratory Therapist program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!
Jamey graduated from Mid-State’s respiratory therapy program and came back to work with the next generation of respiratory therapy professionals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in career and technical education from UW-Stout and is pursuing a master’s degree in respiratory care from Northeastern University. She also serves as the district 2 representative for the Wisconsin Society for Respiratory Care.
“Our students bring a wealth of personal experience to the classroom. Each one enriches the learning environment and makes all of us better.”
Bill has participated in over 50 infant transports in his 25+ years as a respiratory therapist. Since 2007, he has served on the Respiratory Care Practitioner Examining Council in the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Bill has a master’s degree from Northeastern University and has taught in Mid-State’s Respiratory Therapist program for 20 years.
“Working with students is extremely enjoyable because their endless quest for knowledge is energizing. If you truly enjoy your job, time flies. Every day I spend with students flies by.”
Program Information Guide
Travel for this program is required. Respiratory therapists in Wisconsin and most states are licensed professionals. The Respiratory Therapist program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244 • 817.283.2835 • www.coarc.com