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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.  In January 2006, the program was transferred, along with medical laboratory science and  radiologic sciences, to the College of Health Professions (formerly the College of Pharmacy) to officially become the new Department of Allied Sciences. 

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 (2013-2015 graduates of Sanford Health's Respiratory Care Program) have exceeded national averages on every level.

  • Credentialing Success Rate: 
    • 88% of graduates from the most recent 3-year cohort (2013-2015) achieved the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential (advanced-level).

      • Additionally, 93% 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 (2013-2015):

      • TMC (entry level) Exam:  91% first attempt success rate compared to 75% nationally.
      • CSE (advanced level) Exam:  68% first attempt success rate compared to 57% 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 and graduates


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8713 / Fax: (701) 231-7606
Campus address: Sudro Hall 222E
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, October 17, 2016 2:21:54 PM
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