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Respiratory Therapist

Associate Degree Program

An associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from Southeast Technical College will prepare you to work with medical doctors and the treatment team to care for patients with respiratory diseases and cardiovascular conditions.

In two years, you learn techniques and therapies used in clinical settings, including airway management, using and installing nebulizers and other respiratory assistance devices, applying and monitoring breathing gasses, equipment operation and maintenance, patient data collection and monitoring and safety and sanitation procedures.

Build Dakota Eligible

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Earn a full-ride scholarship to Southeast Tech's Respiratory Therapist program through Build Dakota!

Industry Scholarships

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Avera Health offers scholarship, loan repayment and sign-on bonus opportunities to STC’s Respiratory Therapist students through Dec. 31, 2023. Contact Avera to learn more.

Hands-On Learning and Real-World Experience

At Southeast Technical College, students learn from qualified, professional instructors with vast experience in their industry. While completing coursework in the Respiratory Therapist program, students spend a significant amount of time in our true-to-life learning labs and completing clinical rotations at a medical facility. Students also gain:

Technical Skills: Graduates of STC’s Respiratory Therapist program will be able to demonstrate the management of invasive and non-invasive ventilation equipment and explain the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary diseases.

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills: Students learn to assess data to find changes in patient conditions and interpret the diagnostic values from respiratory assistance devices.

Communication Skills: Students learn how to effectively communicate key points of treatment regimens to patients and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.

Professionalism: Graduates will maintain ethical standards and facilitate diversity, equity and inclusion in their careers.

What can You do With Your Associate Degree?

Locally, Sioux Falls is home to two of the state’s largest healthcare systems: Avera Health and Sanford Health. These leaders and other healthcare facilities have a true need for respiratory therapists and consistently seek out STC graduates.

Students also have the option to continue their education and obtain a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.

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Explore Classes  

In addition to labs and clinical rotations, students in the Respiratory Therapist program at Southeast Technical College will also take courses in chemistry, cardiopulmonary diagnostics and respiratory pharmacology.

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Cost

Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Faculty

Jennifer Sparkman

Program Director and Instructor
Respiratory Therapy
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