Program Details

Photo of student in the SIM center.
Photo of students in the SIM center.

Program Requirements

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General Education/MnTC Requirements
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)
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Full-Time Only
Students in this program must be enrolled full-time with a cohort of students. Technical courses are offered only during the day and meet Monday through Friday.

Textbook and Supply Costs
Students should expect to spend approximately $2,000, beyond the cost of tuition and fees, for books, for lab coat and other supplies. 

Application/Program Admission Criteria/Process
The online application will open on the first Monday of December and close the first Monday of February.

Program admission criteria. Completion of the following course:

  • BIOL 1730 (Human Body Systems) or BIOL 2721 and 2722 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II) with C or higher
  • ENGL 1711 (English Composition) with C or higher
  • CHEM 1711 (Principles of Chemistry 1) with C or higher
  • GPA requirement: GPA of 3.0 or above in BIOL 1730, ENGL 1711 and CHEM 1711

The applicant is required to submit official copies of all non-SPC transcripts to SPC (check box on App. to RESP Major)

The applicant is required to apply to Saint Paul College (check box on App. To RESP Major)

For an application to be considered, all program prerequisites must be completed.

Career Information

Career Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Medical clinics
  • Home care agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Sleep diagnostics
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Potential Employers

  • Allina Hospita ls & Clinics
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Regions Medical Center
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital & Clinics
  • North Memorial Health Care
  • Methodist Hospital
  • HealthEast Care System
  • CentraCare Health

Transfer Pathways

Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

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  • BAH Applied Health, University of Minnesota, Crookston  
  • BAS Healthcare Leadership & Administration, Winona State University 
  • BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities Campus 
  • BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University 
  • BA Health Care Administration, Concordia University-St. Paul


Saint Paul College’s Respiratory Therapist Program (200258) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (

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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.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
TELEPHONE: 817.283. 2835
FAX TO PLAIN PAPER: 817.354.8519

Professional License Disclosure
This program is designed to meet the educational requirements for respiratory therapists in Minnesota. If you intend to seek licensure outside of Minnesota after finishing your program, use the link below to find information on the state or U.S. territory in which you intend to be licensed to identify whether Saint Paul College’s Respiratory Therapy program meets, does not meet, or if it has not been determined if it meets the educational requirements for licensure. If the Saint Paul College program has not determined if it meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state in question, it may meet all or a portion of the educational requirements. If so, we recommend contacting the licensing agency directly before beginning the Saint Paul College program.

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Additional Benefits

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements

  • Learn first-hand from faculty who are top-notch in their field
  • Gain practical experience through clinical training at local health care facilities
  • Develop technical skills through the use of state-of-the-art equipment
  • Graduates of this program usually have the choice of many immediate employment opportunities