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Dakota State University
Respiratory Care Club
** Madison, Sioux Falls & Rapid City Chapters **

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Program Goal:

* To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

The new Life and Breath video shows the roles and responsibilities of Respiratory Care Practitioners.

Who we are:

The Madison Chapter is located on campus at DSU in Madison, the Sioux Falls Chapter is for students in the clinical portion of training in Avera McKennan Hospital or Sanford USD Medical Center, and the Rapid City Chapter is for students in the clinical portion of training at Rapid City Regional Hospital .

The Program:

We have "east" and "west" options for training! 

The first year of the curriculum may be taken either on campus at DSU in Madison, or at the University Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota .  Or, students may take the first year at either Black Hills State University in Spearfish or South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City .

Following this first year, the professional respiratory care training is held at Avera McKennan and Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, or at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City. Be sure to check out our curriculum listings. 

Here are the BS grads' RRT success rates.

Check out Programmatic Outcomes Data from all CoARC-accredited programs -- DSU's is on p. 10.

Respiratory Care Student Handbook (PDF)


   Madison:      President - Kara Seitz
                        Vice President -  Ashley Schmit
                        Secretary/Treasurer -   Kelsie Casanova

    Sioux Falls President -  Emma Johnson
                         Vice President - Shelby Thomas
                         Secretary/Treasurer - Nikki Grosshuesch

   Rapid City  President -  Ashley Skaare
                       Vice President -  Carl Wellford
                       Secretary/Treasurer -  Cheyann Kessler


* Find ways to increase awareness of respiratory care in the region
* Offers CPR classes for campus and community
* Special activities for the AARC's National Respiratory Care Week and the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout (G.A.S.) .
* Set up displays at Activities Fair, Wellness Fair, and Great American Smokeout.
* Offers volunteer time to associated professionals, such as the American Lung Association of South Dakota, The South Dakota Asthma Institute, etc.
Other Respiratory Care Links:
  * American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)
  * National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)  
* Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  * South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care (SDSRC)
* Alpha-1 Association
  * National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC)
  * Spirometry Interpretation Site
  * Respiratory Links
  * AsmaNet
  * Global Initiative for Asthma (G.I.N.A.)
  * Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (G.O.L.D.)
  * Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive (EFFORTS)
  * Virtual Hospital


For more information, contact:

Bruce Feistner, Director, or Valorie Stalcup, Site Coordinator (for Rapid City area)

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Updated 09/25/2015