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Welcome to North Dakota State University's Respiratory Care homepage.

A Bachelor of Science degree, major in Respiratory Care (RC), includes two or more years of academic coursework and a 15-month full-time professional-level internship at Sanford Health-Fargo, where students' class and clinical education is specifically applied to the practice of respiratory care.  Graduates are eligible to complete a series of national certifying exams leading to the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credential. 


The Respiratory Care program has been graduating baccalaureate prepared, registry-eligible respiratory therapists since 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.  

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 (2011-2013 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 (2011-2013) achieved the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential (advanced-level).

      • Additionally, 90% 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 (2011-2013):

      • CRT (entry level) Exam:  93% first attempt success rate compared to 80% nationally.
      • WRE (advanced level) Exam:  92% first attempt success rate compared to 67% nationally.
      • CSE (advanced level) Exam:  72% first attempt success rate compared to 61% nationally.

Please visit the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) website ( for programmatic outcome data including:

  • CRT (entry-level) credentialing success
  • RRT (advanced-level) credentialing success
  • Attrition
  • Job Placement
  • Total number of program enrollees during that period
  • Total number of program graduates during that period



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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8713 / Fax: (701) 231-7606
Campus address: Sudro Hall 118U
Physical/delivery address: 1401 Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2680 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Allied Sciences

Last Updated: Monday, June 01, 2015 9:03:19 AM