Respiratory Therapy

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-515-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August

About the Respiratory Therapy Degree


Enhance patient care by evaluating and treating people with lung and heart disease. Respiratory therapists’ duties include administering treatments, recommending therapeutic interventions and operating life support systems. Graduates are qualified to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations.

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

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

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

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.

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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
BIOSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡
(or) BIOSCI-201 Anatomy & Physiology 1 ‡ 
and BIOSCI-202 Anatomy & Physiology 2 ‡ 
ELECTIVES (Two 100-level credits needed) 2
 ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
RESPC-111 Respiratory Survey ‡ 3
RESPC-171 Respiratory Therapeutics 1 ‡ 3
BIOSCI-197 Microbiology ‡ 4
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
RESPC-112 Respiratory Airway Management ‡ 2
RESPC-172 Respiratory Therapeutics 2 ‡ 3
RESPC-173 Respiratory Pharmacology ‡ 3
RESPC-174 Respiratory Cardiac Physiology ‡ 3
SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI course
RESPC-175 Respiratory Clinical 1 ‡ 2
RESPC-113 Respiratory Life Support ‡ 3
RESPC-176 Respiratory Disease ‡ 3
RESPC-178 Respiratory Clinical 2 ‡ 3
RESPC-179 Respiratory Clinical 3 ‡ 3
RESPC-180 Respiratory Neonatal and Pediatric Care ‡ 2
RESPC-181 Respiratory/Cardio Diagnostics ‡ 3
RESPC-182 Respiratory Clinical 4 ‡ 3
RESPC-183 Respiratory Clinical 5 ‡ 3



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

Fall Start: Petition for program in February (only one time a year)

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
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Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

Respiratory Therapy Program Goals

The primary goals of the Respiratory Therapist Program at MATC are to provide students with the knowledge and experience to successfully pass credentialing examinations and excel as passionate, empathic, critically thinking respiratory therapists in the patient care environment. This program is designed to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by respiratory therapists.

Program Outcomes include:

  • 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 Outlook

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. For additional career information, visit

Possible Careers

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

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
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The following are required for admission:

  • HP-A2 pre qualifying exam
  • B- or higher in the following courses:
    • BIOSCI-177* or BIOSCI-201* and 202*
  • Fall Start: Petition for program in February (only one time a year)



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The Milwaukee Area Technical College Respiratory Therapy Program, CoARC program number 200131, A.A.S degree, located at the downtown main campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.



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Last updated: 12/17/2021