Welcome to North Dakota State University's Respiratory Care homepage.
A baccalaureate degree, major in Respiratory Care (RC) at NDSU includes two-three years of academic coursework on campus and a 15-month internship within our local affiliated hospital, Sanford Health-Fargo. Upon completion of the internship, students are eligible to complete a series of national certifying exams leading to the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential. Completion of all course requirements including the internship leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, major in Respiratory Care.
The Respiratory Care program has been graduating baccalaureate prepared, registry-eligible respiratory therapists since the program's approval in 1989. At that time, the RC program was located in the College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Zoology (later renamed Biological Sciences). In January 2006, the program was transferred, along with medical laboratory science and radiologic sciences, to the College of Pharmacy to officially become the new Department of Allied Sciences. In May 2006, the College changed its name to the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences to recognize the various healthcare disciplines under its management.
The Department of Allied Sciences' offices are located in Sudro Hall 118U (Program Assistant,Kris Errett), 118T (Academic Advisor, Angeline Walswick), and 118S (Director, Polly Olson).
Sanford Health-Fargo Respiratory Care Program Pass Rates Exceed National Averages
The first time pass rates on the National Board Exams from the most recent 3-year cohort (2010-2012 graduates of Sanford Health's Respiratory Care Program) have exceeded national averages on every level.
- Credentialing Success Rate:
- 83% of graduates from the most recent 3-year cohort (2010-2012) achieved the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential (advanced-level).
- Additionally, 100% of the graduates who achieved the RRT credential did so within 12 months of graduation.
- National Board Exams - First Time Pass rates for most recent 3-year cohort (2010-2012):
- CRT (entry level) Exam: 97% first attempt success rate compared to 79% nationally.
- WRE (advanced level) Exam: 96% first attempt success rate compared to 66% nationally.
- CSE (advanced level) Exam: 84% first attempt success rate compared to 60% nationally.
Please visit the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) website (www.coarc.com/47.html) for programmatic outcome data including:
- CRT (entry-level) credentialing success
- RRT (advanced-level) credentialing success
- Job Placement
- Total number of program enrollees during that period
- Total number of program graduates during that period