Respiratory Therapist

Associate Degree

Program number: 105151

Credits: 72

Area of Study: Health Sciences

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $10,501.40
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$1,812.32
Other Costs
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$248.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview

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.

Program Details

Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Education programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Education Forms and Policies.

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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oftWos4-jVQ

Admission

To Apply

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.

After Acceptance

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

                 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020                    Fall 2020 and Spring 2021                    

Questions?

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

Curriculum

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

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

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
This online program is designed for practicing respiratory therapists in WI and MN. The agreement collects WTCS general education courses from multiple colleges that will satisfy core requirements and is intended to be used for course planning at the associate level. A grade of "C-" or better is needed for the course to fulfill the specified requirement.
Details
A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Details
Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
Details
The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Non-Wisconsin Schools

Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
Details
A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
Details
Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
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.

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.

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

 

  • Graduate Summary
    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
  • Graduate Employers
    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

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

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

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu

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).

Preceptors: 

Student Internship Daily Performance Assessment
Daily Performance Assessment

Program Faculty:

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