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Program Overview

Respiratory Therapy is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Their knowledge of the scientific principles underlying cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enable them to effectively assess, educate, and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists are involved in many specialty areas such as: Adult Intensive Care; Neonatal and Pediatric ICU; Pulmonary Function Laboratory; Sleep Laboratory; Home Care; Rehabilitation; Ground and air critical care transport.

The Respiratory Therapy program at Northwest Tech is designed to provide you with the necessary skills and related technical information to work as an entry-level therapist in the medical field. The curriculum is directly related to career standards and employment opportunities. Instruction includes both lab and classroom situations with the emphasis on clinical components.

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Program Length

Two Years


Associate of Applied Science

Projected Salary
$40,000-45,000 per year
Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Kali Rubenthaler, DO
    Program Medical Director
  • Marlyce Campbell
    Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital
  • Michelle Carpenter, RN
    Eagle Med
  • Alan David, MICT
    Eagle Med
  • Chris Fulwider, RRT
    Goodland Regional Medical Center
  • Kim Horenik, RRT
    Goodland Regional Medical Center
  • Jason Johnson, RRT
    Cheyenne County Hospital
  • Kevin Johnson, RRT
    Citizen’s Medical Center
  • Isidro Morales, CRT
    Scott County Hospital
  • Lynnette Pfannenstiel, RRT
    Hays Medical Center
  • LaDonna Sauer, CRT, RPSGT
    St. Catherine Hospital
  • Colleen Smith
  • Dana Wilkening, RRT
    University of Colorado