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 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.

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 p.m.
Assigned clinical hours may vary between 6:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

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

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • 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.

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 2017-2018 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.

Pre-Program Courses

The following courses should be taken during the petition process, prior to program acceptance.

First Semester

Second Semester

Choose from Microbiology or General Microbiology:

Summer Term

3 credits

Third Semester

Fourth 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 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


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