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Respiratory Therapy Program Collaboration

Healthcare Industry

2-Year IHE

Organizations Involved

Muskegon Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Munson Health Center

Occupations Involved

Respiratory therapists

Workforce Development Focus

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Workforce Issues Addressed

Providing educational opportunities for healthcare professionals to become more specialized in their occupation


Northwestern Michigan College is partnering with Muskegon Community College and Munson Medical Center in Traverse City to offer a respiratory therapy program. The goal of the partnership is to increase the number of respiratory therapists in the Traverse City area without students having to complete a degree program at an out-of-district community college. All liberal arts classes are offered at NMC, and most other classes, including clinicals, are taken onsite at Munson Medical Center. The respiratory therapy classes are taugh via live interactive television from Muskegon Community College at Munson Medical Center.

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