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Respiratory Care, Associate Degree

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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While most Respiratory Care Program at the Montana State University - Great Falls College graduateds work in hospitals, an increasing number have branched out into alternative care sites, such as nursing homes, physicians’ offices, home health agencies, specialized care hospitals, medical equipment supply companies, and patients’ homes.

RTs perform both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, such as:

  • Obtaining and analyzing sputum and breath specimens;
  • Taking blood specimens and analyzing them to determine levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases;
  • Interpreting data obtained from specimens;
  • Measuring the capacity of patients' lungs to determine if there is impaired function;
  • Performing studies on the cardiopulmonary system;
  • Studying disorders of people with disruptive sleep patterns;
  • Operating mechanical ventilators for patients who cannot breath adequately;
  • Delivering inhaled medications and medical gases;
  • Teaching patients with lung disorders to maintain meaningful and active life systems.


The RT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory CareProgram.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Respiratory Care Clinic 
  • Respiratory Care Clinical Seminar 
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
  • Alternate Sites for Respiratory Care
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Supervisory Management
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Submit your high school transcript (if from the United States) - If not from the United States proof that your high school completion is equilavent to an American High School Diploma.
  • Evidence of Financial Support
  • Prior to admission to the RT program students must have completed high school chemistry with a grade of “B” or above within the past five (5) years and demonstrate computer literacy. (Students without high school courses should consult the RT Program Director about the appropriate college coursework to meet this requirement.)
  • The Great Falls College MSU RT Program is a limited enrollment program, accepting a restricted number of students each year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10253 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10253 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    10253 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10253 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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