Program description

Students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Track of the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) at our affiliate education institution, University of Minnesota Rochester, complete their final two years of training at Mayo Clinic.

Three primary factors make Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for you to receive your respiratory care training:

  • The breadth of respiratory conditions and care procedures you'll experience
  • The large volume of patients requiring respiratory testing and therapy
  • A diverse and highly educated faculty committed to your success

The Respiratory Care Program:

  • Prepares students to become respiratory care practitioners with advanced-level clinical skills
  • Provides professional courses and clinical experiences to support professional development
  • Prepares students to serve as consultants to physicians and other medical staff
  • Provides students with a background in liberal arts
  • Offers students options for specialized clinical study, including:
    • Adult critical care and patient transport
    • Newborn and pediatric critical care
    • Cardiopulmonary diagnostics-pulmonary function testing
    • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, disease prevention, case management in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), as well as smoking cessation and lung health counseling


The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

  1. Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
    1. 1248 Harwood Rd.
    2. Bedford, TX 76021-4244
    3. Phone: 817-283-2835

Student and graduate outcomes for programs are listed in the CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated institution

To participate in the Respiratory Care Program, you must be enrolled in the Respiratory Care Track of the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) at University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR).

The BSHP is a junior-admitting program, meaning you must first complete lower-division prerequisite courses at UMR or another regionally accredited college or university.


The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus; and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Primarily, clinical education is conducted at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, a 1,157-bed facility that was founded in 1889. Within Saint Marys Campus, is the 85-bed Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital. Students also have rotations within Mayo Clinic Health System.

Graduation and certification

Students participate in an extensive exam review before the end of the junior and senior year. After successful completion of the senior-year course work, students are eligible to complete the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) board examinations to attain the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.

When you successfully complete the Respiratory Care Program, you will receive a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions from the University of Minnesota Rochester and a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the Respiratory Care Program, your learning schedule will include eight-hour and 12-hour days, five days a week

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to 20 students to the Respiratory Care Program. This ensures you will receive close one-on-one instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.

April 28, 2018