Respiratory Care Internship
A Bachelor of Science degree, major in Respiratory Care, at NDSU includes two or more years of course work and a 15-month full-time professional-level internship that includes a specialty clinical rotation. Since 1989, Sanford Health Fargo has partnered with NDSU to offer the professional internship which consists of lecture, lab, and clinical education that prepares the student to write national certifying exams and enter the profession of Respiratory Care. The national certifying exams to become a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) is administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). The NDSU/Sanford Health Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC; www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244, phone: (817) 283-2835.
Application & Admission
Admission to the internship is selective and based upon successful completion of all internship prerequisites, cumulative and core-course grade point averages, career motivation, references, and an interview, in addition to complying with criminal background, technical standards, and student conduct requirements.To be eligible to apply for an internship, Respiratory Care applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Declared pre-RC major at NDSU
- Achieve a minimum cumulative and core course GPA of at least 2.50 at the time of application. Core courses are: human anatomy and physiology and labs, general chemistry and labs, organic and biochemistry, microbiology and lab, physics, medical terminology and college algebra. The number of attempts of core courses will be limited to two
- Complete all internship pre-requisite courses with a “C” or better by start of the internship. Pre-requisite courses include the core courses listed above plus RC 200-Introduction to Respiratory Care, general psychology, microcomputer packages, and introductory statistics
- Earn a C or better in all courses to be used to fulfill major and degree requirements
- Meet the program-designated technical standards (mental and physical requirements) or request reasonable accommodations to meet these standards
- Comply with criminal background and student conduct requirements
Students may apply for the RC internship a maximum of two times.
Applications are available from the NDSU Department of Allied Sciences. Deadline for submission of applications to Sanford Health Fargo is March 1. An admission committee makes the selections.
RC Internship Tuition & Fees
During the professional program/internship, students enroll at NDSU and pay tuition and student fees to NDSU at the student's regular resident rate. Students who qualify to receive financial aid through NDSU may continue to do so during the internship.
According to the agreements that NDSU has with Sanford Health, NDSU sends Sanford Health a designated portion of tuition collected from the student each semester to assist in covering the hospital expenses associated with internship participation. Internships are exempt from tuition discounts that reduce tuition below the ND resident rate.
Besides NDSU tuition and student fees, student interns will also pay tuition directly to Sanford Health to cover expenses associated with educational materials, laboratory equipment and supplies, and mock board exams. The 2017-2018 fee is $1,000.00. Students are also responsible for purchasing their textbooks (approximately $1000.00) and uniforms and providing their own living accommodations and transportation during the internship. The hospital program will provide students accepted into the internship with more information about related program expenses.