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Respiratory Care Program (Minnesota)

Mayo Clinic respiratory therapy student practicing a procedure with a mannequin

Respiratory therapy training at Mayo Clinic

As a respiratory therapy student at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, your training will take you beyond the textbook and into the clinic where in as little as two weeks you'll gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of respiratory conditions and care procedures using state-of-the-art technology.

Prepared with introductory topics such as patient assessment, aerosol therapy, chest X-ray interpretation and oxygen therapy, our students continue to develop as they learn and practice:

  • Adult critical care — intensive care unit and emergency room
  • Airway management — bag mask ventilation and intubation
  • Asthma case management
  • Diagnostic procedures — pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy, hemodynamic monitoring and polysomnography
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Mechanical ventilator management
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) case management
  • Pediatric and neonatal critical care — intensive care and emergency room
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Patient assessment, oxygen administration, nebulizer therapy and chest physical therapy
  • Smoking cessation
  • Lung health counseling
  • Newborn and pediatric critical care
  • Research study design

As a student, you’ll start working with patients and applying your skills in the fourth week of the program. You’ll graduate with nearly 1,400 hours of hands-on clinical experience and practice.

Kari A. Kalthoff, R.R.T., L.R.T.

Student stories

The Respiratory Care Program is rigorous and challenging, but the clinical experience is second to none! I was exposed to a wide variety of patients ranging in age from premature babies to the elderly — working side-by-side with renowned clinicians. Each day presented a new scenario or opportunity to learn and grow as a therapist. I was pushed to excellence by the hours of labs, hospital time and simulations.

Kari Comfort, R.R.T., L.R.T.
2017 graduate who now works in the cardiac intensive care unit at Mayo Clinic

How to apply

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A day in the life

Respiratory therapist

A day in the life

Explore what a respiratory therapist does

Respiratory therapists are essential to any health care team. They work alongside doctors and nurses to treat patients ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed, to elderly people with heart and lung disease. They help patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as provide emergency care to patients who are experiencing a heart attack, stroke, trauma or shock.

Accreditation information

The Respiratory Care Program (Minnesota) is an accredited program.


The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
P.O. Box 54876
Hurst, TX 76054-4876
Phone: 817-283-2835

Student and graduate outcomes for programs are listed in the CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.