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Respiratory therapists are health care specialists who work with people who have cardiopulmonary disorders. They work under the direction of a physician. They help evaluate, treat, manage, and rehabilitate these disorders. The respiratory therapy program at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN combines lecture and demonstration with practice and discussion. You’ll leave prepared to take the NBRC exams to earn your Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials.

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Skills & Knowledge

  • Solid understanding of the technical aspects of treating respiratory problems
  • Soft skills needed to work in a professional manner with a wide variety of patients and supervising physicians
  • Clinical training in a variety of areas in one of our regional hospitals

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Updates have been made to admission requirements and/or pre-program course work for Fall of 2023.  Please see an advisor for changes.

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Respiratory Therapy program alumna, Elouisa Fornier
Elouisa FournierAlum, Respiratory Therapy AAS
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Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

Tuition & Fees

2 Years

The respiratory therapist degree may be completed in 2 years if prerequisites are complete.

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    The respiratory therapy AAS degree program, CoARC #200374, at Lake Superior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

    CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

    CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data

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