Associate or Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care

Like clean water, safe food, and toilet paper, breathing is one of those things we miss most in its absence. Yet there are so many things that can reduce our ability to take and process good air. Allergies, pollution, disease, smoking, short term and chronic illnesses, birth defects, and even stress conspire to make something as simple as breathing, difficult.

DSU's respiratory care program will equip you to help people of every age and walk of life. From newborn babies to the eldest citizen, many people will breathe easier, knowing you are on the job.

Possible Job Titles:

  • Registered Respiratory Therapist
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • Clinical Respiratory Specialist
  • Pulmonary Diagnostician
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care Specialist
  • Certified or Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist

Job Outlook:


Benefits of a DSU Degree?

  • Class Size/personal attention:
    • In the clinical portion of the training the student to teacher ratio is 5:1. This small class size allows faculty to keep close watch on student progress.
  • Cool facts:
    • DSU is the only university in South Dakota offering these professional degrees. The profession of respiratory care is only 60 years old. Our program has been at Dakota State University since 1980!
  • Faculty's unique experiences or certifications in this major:
    • The faculty all hold the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) national credential.
  • Integrated Technology:
    • Tablet PC technology is infused into the classroom and laboratory setting.
  • Special Facilities:
    • The primary clinical affiliate hospitals are Sanford Health and Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, and Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.
  • Special opportunities:
    • Students belong to an on-campus respiratory care club, and when in clinical training, the Sioux Falls or Rapid City branches of the respiratory care club. There are two $1,000 scholarships available when students start the clinical training portion of the curriculum.

Read more about the course requirements for Respiratory Care, B.S. at DSU.

Read more about the course requirements for Respiratory Care, A.S. at DSU.

Last Updated: 9/13/12