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.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees

The Respiratory Care Program is offered collaboratively by University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. Tuition and fees are determined by the UMR Board of Regents. View a summary of estimated UMR tuition and fees.

Other mandatory expenses

These expenses will be incurred by all students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program, with the amounts representing the total cost for the duration of the program:

Books $800
Uniforms $100
Supplies $100

You're also responsible for providing your living accommodations. UMR has housing for students — see the UMR housing page for more information about available options.

Once a year, students are required to travel at their own expense to an educational campus in Minnesota to participate in the Minnesota Society of Respiratory Care Job Fair and Knowledge Bowl.

Tuition refund policy

UMR students who find it necessary to withdraw from the program may be eligible for a tuition refund. Contact UMR for information about its tuition refund policy.

Financial aid

Financial aid information can be found on the UMR website.

Student stories

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

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
1248 Harwood Rd.
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
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.

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