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Respiratory Therapy

Program Goal:

The Respiratory Therapy program at Northwest Tech 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 registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). The curriculum is directly related to career standards and employment opportunities. Instruction includes both lab and classroom situations with an emphasis on clinical components.


Respiratory Therapy is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. Their knowledge of the scientific principles underlying cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enable them to effectively assess, educate, and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders. Respiratory therapists are involved in many specialty areas such as: Adult Intensive Care; Neonatal and Pediatric ICU; Pulmonary Function Laboratory; Sleep Laboratory; Home Care; Rehabilitation; Ground and air critical care transport.

Associate of Applied Science

$43,120– $83,030 per year

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Additional Respiratory Therapy Required Items
Because of the nature of a Respiratory Therapist’s work, as well as the limited number of students accepted into the program (15 per year), there are additional items required for admittance into the Northwest Tech Respiratory Therapy program.

  • Two Letters of Reference
  • A Personal Statement Letter
  • A Copy of Your Immunization Record
  • Background Check Completed

  • Certificate of Health Submitted

The above-listed required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with

The projected job outlook for respiratory therapists is excellent. Career opportunities for respiratory therapists are expected to grow 19% from 2019-2029. This is higher than the national average for all jobs, which is 6.5% from 2014-2024.

80% pass rate on the CRT exam and 100% job placement for the past 3 years.  2017, 2018 and 2019.

Program Outcomes

“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.”

The Northwest Kansas Technical College Respiratory Therapy Program (#200530) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690

Outcomes data from the 2018 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page:


  • Demonstrate professionalism.
  • Apply standard medical terminology to define and translate common medical terms.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laws, theories, concepts and/or principles to clinical situations.
  • Demonstrate basic patient assessment skills to include vital signs, breath sounds, palpation, percussion and patient interview.
  • Identify and explain the functions of anatomical structures.
  • Demonstrate laboratory and clinical proficiency in selection, assembly, application, monitoring and troubleshooting various pieces of respiratory therapy equipment.
  • Demonstrate mathematical and reasoning skills.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Marlyce Campbell, CRT
  • Christopher Fulwider BS, RRT, SDS, AE-C
  • Jacquelyn Harvey, RRT
  • Karen Hooker, RRT
  • Linda Hopper,RRT
  • Jason Livesay, RRT
  • Adam O'Brien, RRT
  • Brett Palmer, RRT
  • Deb Peterson, RRT
  • Colleen Smith (community member)
  • Dana Wilkening, RRT
  • Andy Gochenour, RRT
  • Kim Horinek, RRT
  • Seth Rider, RRT
  • Kody Rogers, RRT
  • Dr. Rubenthaler, Medical Director