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The Respiratory Therapy program enrolls 24 students each fall. Applications are open until the program is full.

Respiratory Therapy

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 78 credits
Offered: On-Campus


Respiratory therapists are health care specialists who work under the direction of a physician to evaluate, treat, manage, and rehabilitate patients with cardiopulmonary disorders or complications. The respiratory therapy program at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN combines traditional lecture, competency focused lab, and bedside hospital experience.  You will graduate prepared to take a nationally recognized credential exam (NBRC) to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

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Career Information

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Below you will find the Career Field and Career Cluster that this program is related to. Learn more about if this career area fits your interests!

Is Health Science right for you?

Health science workers promote health and wellness. They diagnose and treat injuries and disease. As a physician, dentist, or nurse, you could work directly with patients. You could also work in a laboratory to get information used in research or provide administrative support by keeping medical records.

Plan Your Education

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

The Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

Program Guide

View approximate total tuition and fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

Tuition and Fees

This program may be completed in 2 years if prerequisites are complete.

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


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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    Respiratory Therapy program alumna, Elouisa Fornier
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