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Respiratory therapy training at Mayo Clinic

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Program description

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.

Early Assurance Program

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR), in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, offers an Early Assurance Program for students interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions-Respiratory Care Track degree. Students begin freshmen year at UMR in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Program and complete two years of prerequisites. Following the successful completion of prerequisites, the students automatically transition to the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions- Respiratory Care Track. Admission is limited and competitive. Visit the UMR website to learn more about early assurance admission into the respiratory care program.

Respiratory Care: It's rewarding.


Respiratory Care: It's rewarding.

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

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Behind the scenes: Respiratory Therapists


Behind the scenes: Respiratory Therapists

Explore what a respiratory therapist does

Respiratory therapists are essential to any healthcare team. They work with 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 and provide emergency care to patients with 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
Program number: 200172
Phone: 817-283-2835

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. 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.