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Respiratory Therapy Program Details

Looking for an exciting and rewarding career that pays well? Check out CVTC’s Respiratory Therapy program and earn your associate degree in two years.

As a respiratory therapist you will evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. You will interview patients, perform limited physical examinations, and conduct diagnostic tests.

In the program, you will learn how to:

  • Assess the cardiopulmonary status of patients
  • Care for patients of all age groups and demographics
  • Perform pulmonary function testing
  • Deliver respiratory care
  • Evaluate and monitor patient responses to respiratory care
  • Provide patient, family, and community education
  • Participate in life support activities in critical care

You will gain the following skills:

  • Patient assessment
  • Critical care skills
  • Effective communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Patient education

The program is a combination of classroom and clinical training. As part of the respiratory therapist training, students will complete a clinical internship, allowing them to apply their education right away.

Just the Facts

Respiratory Therapy
67 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $11,232

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information
This program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The Programmatic Outcomes Data for all Respiratory Therapy programs is available for your information.

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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Get a Job

100% of our Respiratory Therapy graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Respiratory Therapy graduates reported an average starting salary of $54,682.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Respiratory Therapy program.
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  • Respiratory Pharmacology
    Examines basic pharmacology principles, drug dosage, and calculations. Medications for inhalation including mucolytics, bronchodilators, and anti-inflammatories.
  • Respiratory Neo/Peds Care
    Provides a comprehensive orientation to the field of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care to include fetal development, birth, neonatal physiology, pulmonary dynamics, abnormal cardiopulmonary conditions, diseases, noninvasive and invasive therapeutic interventions.
  • Respiratory/Cardio Diagnostics
    Advanced invasive and noninvasive diagnostic cardiopulmonary procedures including pulmonary function, hemodynamics, and rescue medicine.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Polysomnography Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, an 8% growth is projected in respiratory therapy positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

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