The Respiratory Therapist Program is a shared program between Southwest Tech and Western Technical College. Please call 800.322.9982 or visit 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.