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Respiratory Therapist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105151

Overview

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

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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Respiratory Therapist at Madison College


Admission

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.

                          Fall 2018 and Spring 2019    Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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






Outcomes

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.

Careers

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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 20 25 21
    Number of Surveys Sent 20 25 21
    Number of Surveys Returned 15 22 20
    Percent of Surveys Returned 75.00% 88.00% 95.20%
    Available for Employment 15 22 19
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 95.00%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 5.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 15 22 19
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 15 19 19
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 86.40% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 2 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 9.10% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 1 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 4.50% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.7 3.8
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 15 22 20
    Very Satisfied 12 16 15
    Percent Very Satisfied 80.00% 72.70% 75.00%
    Satisfied 2 6 5
    Percent Satisfied 13.30% 27.30% 25.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 6.70% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 15 22 20
    Preparation for Getting a Job 4 12 8
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 26.70% 54.50% 40.00%
    Career Change 11 9 11
    Percent Career Change 73.30% 40.90% 55.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 1 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 4.50% 5.00%
    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

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 20 19
    Before Enrollment 0 1 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 5.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 2 4 4
    Percent While Attending the College 13.30% 20.00% 21.10%
    After Training at the College 13 15 15
    Percent After Training at the College 86.70% 75.00% 78.90%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 15 22 19
    In College District 3 6 4
    Percent In College District 20.00% 27.30% 21.10%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 12 11 15
    Percent of In Wisconsin 80.00% 50.00% 78.90%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 2 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 9.10% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 3 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 13.60% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 14 14 16
    Average Monthly Wage $3,822 $3,894 $4,140
    Average Hourly Wage $22.22 $22.64 $24.07
    Average Work Hours per Week 36.8 37.1 37.5
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 5 3
    Average Hourly Wage $24.67 $25.56
    Average Work Hours per Week 31.7 30.7
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open
    TechConnect Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 7 45
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 16 69
    Total Jobs 23 114
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Respiratory Care Practitioner Milwaukee
    Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital Respiratory Therapist Milwaukee
    Meriter Hospital Respiratory Therapist
    Monroe Clinic & Hospital Respiratory Therapist Monroe
    SSM Dean Health Registered Respiratory Therapist Janesville
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Registered Respiratory Therapist
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Respiratory Care Practitioner
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Respiratory Therapist
    UW Health Hospital & Clinics Respiratory Therapist 9
    VA Medical Center Registered Respiratory Therapist

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    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

Resources

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).

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