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Associate in Respiratory Therapist

Gateway Technical College
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
August 2021

August 2021

August 2022

August 2022

Program description

Associate in Respiratory Therapist

Learn to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with lung and heart disease. Clinical experiences are gained in a variety of healthcare settings.

Program graduates are qualified to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations. This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) through 2022.

Successful completion of the program and the NBRC Certified Respiratory Therapist examination provides an opportunity to obtain a license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner granted by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. NBRC examinations leading to qualification as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) as well as advanced credentials in pulmonary function (CPFT and RPFT) and perinatal/pediatrics are available.

The Respiratory Therapist program is a shared program with Milwaukee Area Technical College. Students choosing to start the Respiratory Therapist program at Gateway are able to complete up to 28 credits toward the degree at MATC.

Admission requirements

HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.

The following are also required for admission:

  • One year of high school-level biology
  • One year of high school-level chemistry

For more information about admission and graduation requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Technical Studies

  • Medical Terminology
  • Respiratory Survey
  • Respiratory Therapeutics 1
  • Respiratory Therapeutics 2
  • Respiratory Airway Management
  • Respiratory Pharmacology
  • Respiratory/Cardiac Physiology
  • Respiratory Clinical 1
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Respiratory Life Support
  • Respiratory Clinical 2
  • Respiratory Clinical 3
  • Respiratory Neonatal/Pediatrics Care
  • Respiratory/Cardio Diagnostics
  • Respiratory Clinical 4
  • Respiratory Clinical 5

General Studies

  • Economics (or) Any 200-series ECON course
  • Communication Skills 1
  • Communication Skills 2 (or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course
  • General Anatomy and Physiology (or) Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Microbiology
  • Psychology of Human Relations (or) Any 200-series PSYCH course
  • Contemporary American Society (or) Any 200-series SOCSCI or HIST course


  • Respiratory Care Registry Review
  • Spanish for Nursing
  • Keyboard and Keypad

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the college website.

Tuition fees

The cost per semester is $2,700.


Program Outcomes

  • 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

Career opportunities

Respiratory therapists work in acute and subacute hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, clinics and home care.

Respiratory therapists administer treatments, recommend therapeutic interventions, operate life support systems, perform CPR and airway management, provide patient education and conduct cardiopulmonary testing.

Possible Careers

  • Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT)
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)

About this institute

Gateway Technical College

Gateway Technical College began in 1911 as America’s first publicly funded technical college, preparing students to achieve their academic and professional goals. Our hands-on training in over 70 programs of study prepares 21,000 students annually to enter new careers or...

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