Respiratory Therapy

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Respiratory Therapy?

  • Breathing well is so essential to patient care that hospitals, clinics, and home health care providers rely on respiratory therapists to treat patients and improve quality of life.
  • Respiratory therapists have the opportunity to work with patients at all life stage.
  • Get the training needed to confidently maintain the airway during the management of trauma, assist with anesthesia for surgery or
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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. Because efficient breathing is so crucial to medical care, hospitals, clinics, and home health-care providers rely on respiratory therapists to treat patients and improve their quality of life.

Program Locations

Marshfield Campus
2600 West 5th Street
Marshfield, WI 54449

What You'll Learn

The Respiratory Therapy program at Mid-State prepares students to employ scientific principles to identify, treat, and prevent acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Successful graduates work under medical direction in a variety of care settings.

Students study airway management and life support, airway clearance therapies, pulmonary rehabilitation, medication administration, and the use of therapeutic medical gasses. The program combines classroom instruction and clinical experience with actual patients and equipment at local hospitals and agencies. Travel is required.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2021/2022 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,791.74
  • Books: $1,932.35
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $388.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $13,112.09

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10515111 Respiratory Survey 3.00
10806177 General Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
10801136 English Composition I 3.00
10501101 Medical Terminology 3.00
10515171 Respiratory Therapeutics 1 3.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10515172 Respiratory Therapeutics 2 3.00
10515174 Respiratory/Cardiac Physiology 3.00
10515173 Respiratory Pharmacology 3.00
10806197 Microbiology 4.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
(16 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
10515175 Respiratory Clinical 1 2.00
  • Speech 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
-or- 10801198 Speech 3.00
(5 Credits)
Term: 4
Catalog# Title Credits
  • Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
  • Intro to American Government 3.00
10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
-or- 10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
-or- 10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
10515176 Respiratory Disease 3.00
10515113 Respiratory Life Support 3.00
10515178 Respiratory Clinical 2 3.00
10515179 Respiratory Clinical 3 3.00
10515112 Respiratory Airway Management 2.00
(17 Credits)
Term: 5
Catalog# Title Credits
10515181 Respiratory/Cardio Diagnostics 3.00
10515182 Respiratory Clinical 4 3.00
10515183 Respiratory Clinical 5 3.00
  • Developmental Psychology 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
-or- 10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
10515180 Respiratory Neo/Peds Care 2.00
10515101 Respiratory Therapist Test Prep 1.00
(15 Credits)
(69 Credits)


Nick earned his BS in career and technical education from UW-Stout. He also holds an associate degree in applied science in respiratory care from Mid-State Technical College and is a licensed respiratory therapist with national certification. He has worked as a respiratory therapist at Marshfield Medical Center for 17 years and was a clinical preceptor for Mid-State’s Respiratory Therapy program at Marshfield Medical Center for 8 years prior to accepting his current position as program director for the Respiratory Therapy program. 

“I enjoy spreading my knowledge of respiratory care to the future respiratory therapists now coming through the program. I love seeing the “aha” moments and hearing the excitement in a student’s voice when they gain an understanding of new concepts.”  


Bill holds an MS degree in respiratory care leadership from Northeastern University and has been a respiratory therapist since 1991, with over 50 successful neonatal transports. He has also conducted and published research in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine and presented research findings at the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) convention. He has been involved with Mid- State’s Respiratory Therapy program since 1995.

“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.”



  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Cardiopulmonary Technician
  • Polysomnography (Sleep Lab) Technician
  • Home Care Respiratory Therapist
  • Polysomnographer
  • Pulmonary Function Technologist
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Respiratory Therapy Educator


Accreditation Information

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 •

Accreditation Outcomes

Outcomes Data from 2016 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Annual Report based on July 2016 submission accepted by CoARC (data from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2015)

Student Outcomes Mid-State Threshold National Average
Certified Respiratory Therapy (CRT) Success 97.6% 80% 84.3%
Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) Success 56.1% N/A 72.7%
Employer Satisfaction 100% 80% 97.8%
Graduate Satisfaction 100% 80% 98.7%
On-Time Graduation Rate 95.1% 70% 91.0%
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The Respiratory Therapist program at Mid-State exceeded all of my expectations. Jamey and Bill (instructors) were always willing to help, even on their own time. The small class sizes gave me more one-on-one time with the instructors and made it easier to learn!”


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Respiratory Therapist Pathway