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CHI Health School of Respiratory Therapy
Affiliated with Midland University

A Tradition of Success

The CHI Health School of Respiratory Therapy has been in existence since 1972 and was the first respiratory school in the state. The success of our graduates is a tribute to the quality of education they receive. Most of our students have employment commitments prior to graduation. Their success is also demonstrated in the results of the national credentialing exams. The pass-rate of CHI Health graduates has consistently been much higher than the national average.Take a look at what CHI Health can offer you. Then join our team and be assured of taking a positive step toward a rewarding career in Respiratory Care!

College Affiliates

The CHI Health School of Respiratory Therapy is affiliated with Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska. Midland University awards credit for the courses taught at CHI Health Immanuel and provides all financial aid services for the school. They can be contacted at MidlandU.edu, or Midland University, 900 N. Clarkson, Fremont, NE 68025

Curriculum Description

The curriculum offers an intensive concentration of rotations at the CHI Health campuses in the metro Omaha area. Respiratory therapy students are able to gain knowledge and first hand experience in a number of clinical rotations. The clinical areas include Cardiology, Pulmonary Function/ Blood Gas Laboratory, Pulmonary physician rounds, Pediatrics, Surgery and Respiratory Therapy.

Instruction for Respiratory Therapy students includes didactic, laboratory and clinical practice.

Each eleven-month study program begins in August and is divided into 3 semesters with the usual school holidays and vacations. The CHI Health program is a bachelor degree program. The requirements for a bachelor degree at Midland University must be met before a degree is awarded.


The CHI Health School of Respiratory Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, TX 76021-4244


The CHI Health School of Respiratory Therapy is located on the CHI Health Immanuel campus in northwest Omaha. The 601-bed healthcare complex was opened in 1974.

Admission Requirements

Completion of all degree requirements with the exception of the Respiratory (RET) courses. At Midland University this can be accomplished by:
  1. Taking all courses in residence, or
  2. Transferring courses from accredited institutions (with approval of the Registrar)
  3. Having already earned a Degree (B.S., B.A., A.S., A.A.) from an accredited institution.
At UNK, contact the Health Science Advisor for degree requirements. (308) 865-8260.

For Further Information Contact:
CHI Health School of Respiratory Therapy at (402) 572-2312.

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The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) accredits first professional respiratory care degree programs at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Masters Degree level in the United States and internationally. CoARC’s mission is to serve the public by promoting high quality respiratory care education through accreditation services. CHI Health 's program Outcomes data has been posted on the CoARC website

About Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health profession instrumental in providing diagnosis, treatment, management and preventive care of patients with cardio/pulmonary problems. As one of the most rapidly growing fields, Respiratory Therapy today offers a wide variety of exciting career challenges and opportunities.

Using high tech ventilatory and monitoring equipment, the therapist fulfills a vital role in patient care techniques. Working in the emergency room, surgery, newborn nursery, medical and surgical floors, intensive care units, and even the patient’s home, respiratory therapists are an essential part of the healthcare team.

The National Board of Respiratory Therapy offers two levels of credentialing. Certified Respiratory Therapist and Registered Respiratory Therapist. Career preparation now includes at least the equivalent of an associate degree, with many candidates pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Extensive clinical and classroom studies of respiratory care techniques are necessary for the graduate to be prepared and eligible to take the credentialing exams administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care.

Respiratory Therapy Courses

RET 201 Medical Arts
An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with medical terminology, patient care and medical ethics.

RET 302 Medical Gas Therapy
A course designed to acquaint the student with the therapeutic use of oxygen.

RET 305 Cardio-pulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology
An advanced course in cardiopulmonary and renal anatomy and physiology .

RET 311 Airway Management
This course will focus on maintaining an open passage way between the atmosphere and the air sacs of the lungs.

RET 312 Respiratory Therapy Equipment
This course will focus on the equipment employed by the respiratory therapist in the activities of patient care.

RET 313 Pulmonary Medicine lecture Series
This course will be taught by the pulmonary physician group, including the medical director for the respiratory therapy program.

RET 406 Cardio-Pulmonary Pharmacology
A basic course of pharmacology with special emphasis on respiratory and cardiac drugs. This course will be taught by the pharmacy department of CHI Health .

RET 407 Medical Microbiology
Principles of infection control and medical microbiology.

RET 408 Ventilator Management
Advanced course designed to instruct the student in the management of life support systems to include the description of various mechanical ventilators.

RET 412 Respiratory Diagnostics
Diagnostic procedures including pulmonary function testing and arterial blood gas analysis.

RET 415 Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Therapy
A course designed to familiarize the student with the principles of pediatric and neonatal respiratory therapy.

RET 417 Pulmonary Rehabilitation
A course designed to acquaint the student with the principles of pulmonary rehabilitation.

RET 418 Sleep Medicine
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the science of sleep medicine.

RET 431, 433, 435 Clinical Theory I, II, III
This course consists of case study presentations and discussions of selected medical publications and readings.

RET 432, 434, 436 Clinical Practice I, II, III
Observation and performance of all clinical aspects of respiratory therapy in the hospital. This course continues and progresses throughout the year.

Contact Us

Todd Klopfenstein, Program Director
CHI Health/Midland University School of Respiratory Therapy

CoARC number:200143

Mailing Address
CHI Health Immanuel
6901 North 72nd Street
Omaha, NE 68122

Physical Address
IMMANUEL TWO Professional Building
6751 North 72nd Street, Suite 103
Omaha, NE 68122
Phone: 402-572-2312
Fax: 402-572-2249