The Respiratory Therapist Program is a shared program between Southwest Tech and Western Technical College. Please call 800.322.9982 or visit www.westerntc.edu for more information or to apply.

This program teaches students to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders in a wide variety of clinical settings. Graduates are qualified for admission to the entry-level and advanced practitioner examinations to become a registered respiratory therapist.

The Respiratory Therapist program prepares practitioners to work with physicians in diagnosing, treating, and monitoring patients of all ages with lung diseases or disorders. Respiratory care practitioners are responsible for delivery and monitoring of patients on oxygen, inhaled medications and breathing exercises/treatments, and the management of patients requiring artificial airways and mechanical ventilation. Career opportunities exist within hospitals, home health care agencies, clinics and extended care facilities. Graduates must be prepared to work in a highly technical environment under pressure to perform life-preserving procedures.

Students in this program take general studies classes at Southwest Tech in their first year and all core program classes and clinicals at Western Technical College.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    If you work well under stress, enjoy problem solving, math, science, and working with people, you may find the Respiratory Therapy field to be very rewarding.

    Students entering the Respiratory Therapist program should:

    • have an attention to detail
    • be able to employ reasoning skills
    • have good communication skills

    Program Basics

    • Students take general studies classes at Southwest Tech in their first year
    • Students take all core classes and clinical at Western Technical College during the next four trimester
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • View detailed course curriculum and other program information.

  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Helpful Academic Background

    • Algebra I and II
    • Physics
    • Geometry
    • Biology I and II
    • Physics
    • Chemistry

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Use effective communication skills.
    • Apply mathematical concepts.
    • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications.
    • Demonstrate ability to think critically.
    • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population.
    • Use technology effectively.
    • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability.
    • Apply advanced-level respiratory therapy concepts to patient care situations.
    • Demonstrate technical proficiency required to fulfill the role of an advanced-level Respiratory Therapist.
    • Practice respiratory care according to established professional and ethical standards.
  • Career Opportunities
  • The program prepares practitioners to work with physicians in diagnosing, treating and monitoring patients of all ages with lung diseases or disorders. Respiratory care practitioners are responsible for delivery and monitoring of patients on oxygen, inhaled medications and breathing exercises/treatments and the management of patients requiring artificial airways and mechanical ventilation. Career opportunities are within hospitals, home health care agencies, clinics and extended care facilities. The graduate must be prepared to work in a highly technical environment under pressure to perform life-preserving procedures.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers