Clinicals and Research



Students work in a lab

Clinicals and Research

Clinical education

Clinical experiences are an essential component of St. Kate's respiratory care program. Students must complete approximately 900 hours of clinical work in settings such as:

  • Adult
  • Pediatric
  • Neonatal
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary function

We use a one-to-one student and preceptor/practitioner model for teaching many of our clinical experiences. This means you'll work collaboratively with an expert in the field to develop your clinical skills.

You also gain experience with diverse practitioners and patients in sub-acute and critical care settings through required clinical rotations.

Clinical locations

Practicums are scheduled at several healthcare facilities in the Twin Cities, including:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Children's Hospitals and Clinics
  • Fairview-University Medical Center
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Methodist Hospital
  • North Memorial Medical Center

In addition, our students have the opportunity for home-based respiratory care experiences through our affiliations with agencies such as Pediatric Home Services.

Find your specialty

An advisor will help you select a specialty track for one or more internships in your senior year. Specialties include:

  • Adult care
  • Pediatric care
  • Neonatal care
  • Healthcare management
  • Healthcare education
  • Cardiopulmonary diagnostics
  • Hemodynamics
  • Polysomnography
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation/home care

Honor society

For a list of professional organizations, including Lambda Beta, the national honor society for respiratory care, see the Respiratory Care resources page.