Associate Degree in Applied Science
The Respiratory Therapist program at Madison College is an intensive full time, two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree.
This program is designed to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
The program includes classroom and lab instruction, simulation experience, and clinical practice at local hospital affiliates.
Respiratory Therapists work in a wide variety of clinical settings to evaluate, treat and manage patients with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders.
Respiratory Therapists perform respiratory care procedures, such as patient evaluation, treatment selection and assessment of treatment, and are involved in clinical decision-making and patient education.
As a student in the Respiratory Therapy program, you will learn to:
- Assess cardiopulmonary status
- Draw blood samples and perform blood gas analysis
- Modify prescribed respiratory care and cardiopulmonary procedures
- Perform pulmonary function testing
- Evaluate and monitor patient response to treatment
- Provide patient, family and community education
- Participate in life support activities
Please note: upon admission to this program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
Students in the Respiratory Therapist program must attend full time.
Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Assigned clinical hours may vary between 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Respiratory Therapist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
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All courses for this program are offered only in person.
Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.
Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Respiratory Therapist Petition Requirements.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
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After completing the Respiratory Therapist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be prepared to:
- Apply respiratory therapy concepts to patient care situations.
- Demonstrate technical proficiency required to fulfill the role of a respiratory therapist.
- Practice respiratory therapy according to established professional and ethical standards.
Graduates are qualified to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations.
Get outcomes data from the CoARC Annual Report of Current Status.
Madison College's Respiratory Therapist program has a WTCS transfer agreement with Cardinal Stritch University, to earn your Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy.
For further information regarding Madison College's Respiratory Therapist program, please contact Program Director, Amy Setchell.
As an advanced-level respiratory therapist program, graduates are eligible to become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).
- Certified Respiratory Therapist
- Registered Respiratory Therapist
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Acute Care Respiratory Therapist
- Pulmonary Function Technologist
- Respiratory Care Manager
- Neonatal/Pediatric Therapist
- Sleep Disorder Therapist
- Home Care Therapist
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation Therapist
Estimated Program Cost
# of Credits for Completion72Tuition$10501.40Materials/Supplemental Costs$1812.32Other Costs$248.00Total Estimated Program Costs:
(book costs not included)$12561.72
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 25 21 20 Number of Surveys Sent 25 21 20 Number of Surveys Returned 22 20 16 Percent of Surveys Returned 88.00% 95.20% 80.00% Available for Employment 22 19 16 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 95.00% 100.00% Not in Labor Market 0 1 0 Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 5.00% 0.00% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 22 19 14 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 87.50% Employed in Related Occupation 19 19 14 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 86.40% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 0 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 9.10% 0.00% 0.00% Employed - No Response 1 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 4.50% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 0 2 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 12.50% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.8 3.9 Number of Satisfaction Responses 22 20 16 Very Satisfied 16 15 14 Percent Very Satisfied 72.70% 75.00% 87.50% Satisfied 6 5 2 Percent Satisfied 27.30% 25.00% 12.50% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 22 20 16 Preparation for Getting a Job 12 8 11 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 54.50% 40.00% 68.80% Career Change 9 11 5 Percent Career Change 40.90% 55.00% 31.30% Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 1 1 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 4.50% 5.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 20 19 14 Before Enrollment 1 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment 5.00% 0.00% 0.00% While Attending the College 4 4 1 Percent While Attending the College 20.00% 21.10% 7.10% After Training at the College 15 15 13 Percent After Training at the College 75.00% 78.90% 92.90% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 22 19 14 In College District 6 4 5 Percent In College District 27.30% 21.10% 35.70% In Wisconsin, Not in District 11 15 9 Percent of In Wisconsin 50.00% 78.90% 64.30% Outside of Wisconsin 2 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 9.10% 0.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 3 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 13.60% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 14 16 10 Average Monthly Wage $3,894 $4,140 $4,042 Average Hourly Wage $22.64 $24.07 $23.50 Average Work Hours per Week 37.1 37.5 40 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 3 4 Average Hourly Wage $26.09 $25.56 $24.16 Average Work Hours per Week 31.6 30.7 29.5
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 6 83 Number of Part Time Positions Open 11 77 Total Jobs 17 160 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions Central Wisconsin Center Respiratory Therapist Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital Respiratory Care Practitioner Milwaukee Mercy Assisted Living Respiratory Therapist Janesville Mercy Health System Respiratory Therapist Janesville SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Certified Respiratory Therapist SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Respiratory Therapist 2 Unity Point Health Meriter Hospital Respiratory Therapist UW Health Hospital & Clinics Respiratory Therapist 6
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The Respiratory Therapist Program at Madison College, CoARC number 200154, Associate Degree in Applied Science, located at the Truax campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Program Director, Amy Setchell BS, RRT
Director of Clinical Education, Chris Becker MSE, RRT
Program Instructor, Lauri Mill, BS, RRT, CPFT
Program Instructor, Patty Montgomery BS,RRT
Program Instructor, Joe Punzel BS, RRT