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St. Kate's 40-credit respiratory care major combines a broad foundation of liberal arts courses with rigorous healthcare topics so you gain valuable skills in critical thinking, ethical decision-making and effective communication.

The major takes six semesters to complete and requires a fulltime clinical experience during the summer between your junior and senior year. (You will take core respiratory care courses in your sophomore year.)

Second major or transfer student

Program options are available for students pursuing a second major or transferring credits from another university. Call the Admission office at 651-690-8850.

Academic plan

Below is a sample academic plan. You can tailor the courses to fit your needs upon admission.


  • CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
  • SOCI 1000: Principles and Concepts of Sociology*
  • MATH 1050: Mathematical Ideas in Contemporary Society* OR MATH 1080: Statistical Analysis* OR ECON 2250: Statistical Analysis for Economics and Business* OR PSYC 2050: Statistical Methods in Psychology*
  • Other required or elective courses


  • CHEM 1010: General Chemistry for Health Sciences*
  • PSYC 1001: General Psychology*
  • LANG: Foreign language course*
  • Other required or elective courses


  • RESP 2100: Introduction to Respiratory Care
  • BIOL 2510: Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
  • PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*
  • LANG: Foreign language course*


  • RESP 2200: Principles of Patient Management
  • BIOL 2200: Introduction to Microbiology
  • BIOL 2520: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • INDI 1150: Basic Patient Care (2 credits)
  • INDI 1160: Respiratory Patient Care and Assessment (2 credits)


  • RESP 3100: Principles of Ventilation
  • RESP 3110: Clinical Applications I (2 credits)
  • RESP 3120: Pathophysiology in Critical Care I (2 credits)
  • INDI 3150: Pharmacology for the Healthcare Professional


  • RESP 3200: Advanced Therapeutics
  • RESP 3210: Clinical Applications II
  • RESP 3220: Pathophysiology in Critical Care II (2 credits)
  • EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course* (2 credits)
  • Elective

Summer Session

  • RESP 3310: Clinical Applications III (6 credits)


  • RESP 4100: Advanced Critical Care
  • RESP 4110: Clinical Specialty I (2 credits)
  • PHIL 3400: Biomedical Ethics*
  • ART/MUS/THTR: Fine arts course*


  • CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
  • RESP 4200: Senior Seminar (2 credits)
  • RESP 4210: Clinical Specialty II (2 credits) OR Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

* Denotes course fulfills liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

All courses four credits unless noted. For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.