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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.

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 the emphasis on clinical components.

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

$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

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • 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)

  • Background Check Completed

  • Certificate of Health Submitted

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
  • An Annual TB Test
  • An Annual Flu Shot

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 28% from 2010-2020. This is a higher than the national average for all jobs, which is between 10 and 19%.

100% pass rate on the CRT exam and 100% job placement for the past 3 years.  2015, 2016 and 2017.


Program Student Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Christy Baker-Eble, RRT
  • Marlyce Campbell 
  • Christopher Fulwider BS, RRT, SDS, AE-C
  • Jacquelyn Harvey, RRT
  • Karen Hooker, RRT (community member)
  • Linda Hopper,RRT
  • Isidro Morales, CRT
  • Brett Palmer, RRT
  • LaDonna Sauer CRT, RPSGT
  • Colleen Smith (community member)
  • Brianna Taylor, RRT
  • Tracy Thompson, RRT
  • Danny Van Ranken RRT, NPS
  • Dana Wilkening, RRT