Pre-Respiratory Therapy


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.


Those completing the suggested curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to transfer to a four-year institution. 

Bismarck State College has many cooperative, articulation, or transfer agreements with postsecondary institutions both inside and outside of the North Dakota University System. Some of these agreements are established to allow students to remain on campus as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In all cases, students seeking to transfer after completing a degree at BSC should consult the academic catalog of their destination college and work with their academic advisor to plan for this transition.

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.