School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Respiratory Therapist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105151


The Respiratory Therapist program at Madison College is an intensive full time, two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree.

The program includes classroom and lab instruction, simulation experience, and clinical practice at local hospital affiliates.

Respiratory Therapists are specialists in cardiology and pulmonology and are responsible for airway management during trauma and intensive care. They care for patients with medical problems that affect their breathing, such as asthma and emphysima.

As a student in the Respiratory Therapy program, you will learn:

  • Cardiopulmonary anatomy
  • Therapeutic use of medical gases and related equipment
  • Aerosol therapy
  • Bronchial pulmonary hygiene. 

​You will also receive instruction in pharmacology, respiratory diseases, airway management, life support, rehabilitation and long-term home care.

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.

Program Details

Respiratory Therapist is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, which will prepare you for a good job and advanced training. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Students in the Respiratory Therapist program must attend full time.

Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm. 

Respiratory Therapist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

This program is not offered online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

After Acceptance

Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the Respiratory Therapist Petition Requirements.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

Choose from Microbiology or General Microbiology:

Third Semester (Summer)

3 credits

Fourth Semester
Fifth Semester

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.

As an advanced-level respiratory therapist program, graduates are eligible to become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).

Get outcomes data from the CoARC 2011 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, please contact MATC's Respiratory Therapist Program Director, Amy Setchell.


As an advanced-level respiratory therapist program, graduates are eligible to become Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).

  • Respiratory Care Practitioner

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Pulmonary Function Technologist
  • Respiratory Care Manager
  • Respiratory Care Supervisor
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Therapist
  • Sleep Disorder Therapist
  • Home Care Therapist
  • Pulmonary Research Assistant


Related Programs

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835.