Pre-Respiratory Therapy

Program Description

The Pre-Respiratory Therapy program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes toward a baccalaureate degree for students planning a career as a respiratory therapist. Study includes general biology, microbiology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, college physics, algebra, ethics, and general education classes required for graduation.


High school students planning a career in respiratory therapy should take classes in the sciences.

Program Requirements

Those completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution. In North Dakota, bachelor’s degree programs in respiratory therapy are available at North Dakota State University and the University of Mary. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Respiratory therapists are a vital part of the health care team, continually interacting and communicating with other medical professionals. They help people with heart and lung problems and work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and patient homes.



Dr. Ron Jyring • Jack Science Center 201C

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits66
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
CHEM 115 Introductory Chemistry 4
CHEM 115L Introductory Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 116 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry 4
CHEM 116L Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab 1
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 College Algebra 4
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
MICR 202 Introductory Microbiology 3
MICR 202L Introductory Microbiology Lab 1
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
PHIL 210 Ethics 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Electives (Required)  
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
PHRM 215 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
PHYS 211 College Physics I 3
PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab 1
Elective Course 3
Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
 Total Credits66