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For Students who already have a Bachelor’s Degree
For Students who are already Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs)

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in IUP’s respiratory care program!

To Learn More...

To learn about IUP, the respiratory care program, and a career as a respiratory therapist:

  • Contact the allied health coordinator for an appointment or to discuss program details:

   Dr. Joyce Shanty
   243 Johnson Hall
   724-357-7647
   joyce.shanty@iup.edu

  • Visit the IUP campus.
  • Contact the program director at the Western Pennsylvania School of Respiratory Care:

   Mrs. Kathryn Kinederman 
   412-578-7004 
   kkinderm@wpahs.org

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For Prospective Freshmen

Admission Criteria

A student profile for a recent entering class for all IUP freshman was an average SAT score of 1000 (Mathematics and Critical Reading sections only) and an average cumulative high school grade point average of 3.2. There are no special admission requirements for acceptance into the respiratory care major. For more details about a recommended timeline for the application process and to apply, visit Undergraduate Admissions.

Living-Learning Communities

Respiratory care students are encouraged to join nursing, nuclear medicine technology, and clinical laboratory science students in a living-learning community located in Suites on Maple East. This option provides an excellent opportunity to share living space with students who have similar interests and similar curriculum requirements.

Academic Support Services

The respiratory care curriculum includes many challenging courses. IUP offers walk-in peer tutors, special supplemental instruction tutoring sessions, and other support services which help students succeed and excel. For more detail, visit the Department of Developmental Studies. The allied health coordinator is the academic advisor for respiratory care students and can also assist with plans for academic success.

Progression Criteria

  • For progression to The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care, students are expected to have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in required math and science courses. C or higher grades in BIOL 150 Human Anatomy, BIOL 151 Human Physiology, and the math course will help students succeed in respiratory care courses.
  • IUP does not guarantee admission to the school. Approximately thirty students are permitted to begin the 300-level courses at the School of Respiratory Care each Fall semester. In recent years, all students who met the expected minimum grade point averages have progressed to the school on schedule.
  • If a student is not permitted to progress, it is most likely because of low grades, especially in key science courses. In this case, a student may decide to repeat courses to earn higher grades and then plan for progression at a later date.

Special Requirements

Before starting courses taught at the School of Respiratory Care, students will need to meet special requirements that include health screening and a criminal background check.

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For IUP Students Who Want to Change Their Major to Respiratory Care

Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average to be accepted into the respiratory care major. For more information about the program, about progression criteria and special requirements, and for assistance in developing a potential plan of study, contact the allied health coordinator.

For Prospective Transfer Students

Admission Criteria

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 from all postsecondary institutions attended. There are no special admission requirements for acceptance into the respiratory care major. For more details about the application process and to apply, visit Undergraduate Admissions.

Online Credit Evaluation System

The online credit evaluation system is an excellent place to begin an assessment of which courses completed are equivalent to the courses required in the respiratory care curriculum. In addition, the allied health coordinator is available to assist in the preliminary planning process for transferring to IUP.

Progression Criteria

  • For progression to The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care, students are expected to have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.25 in required math and science courses. C or higher grades in BIOL 150 Human Anatomy, BIOL 151 Human Physiology, and the math course will help students succeed in respiratory care courses.
  • IUP does not guarantee admission to the School of Respiratory Care. Approximately thirty students are permitted to begin the 300-level courses at the School of Respiratory Care each Fall semester. In recent years, all students who met the expected minimum grade point averages have progressed to the school on schedule.
  • If a student is not permitted to progress, it is most likely because of low grades, especially in key science courses. In this case, a student may decide to repeat courses to earn higher grades and then plan for progression at a later date.

Special Requirements

Before starting courses taught at the School of Respiratory Care, students will need to meet special requirements that include health screening and a criminal background check.

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For Students who Already Have a Bachelor’s Degree

Individuals who have already earned one bachelor’s degree may be admitted to the university with advanced placement.

  • To earn the second bachelor’s degree, students must meet the remaining requirements for graduation specified for the respiratory care program, including two academic years at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care. In some cases where the first degree is in a related field, students may have only a few remaining requirements to complete before beginning the respiratory care courses.
  • Contact the Office of Distance Learning and Continuing Education for application information. In addition, the allied health coordinator is available to assist in the preliminary planning process for earning a second bachelor’s degree and beginning a career as a respiratory therapist.

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For Students who are already Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRTs)

Credits

  • Prospective students who have already earned the CRT and graduated from an accredited associate degree or certificate program have 33 credits posted to their IUP transcript and are exempt from 100- and 300-level respiratory care courses.
  • Students in this track must complete the remaining 400-level courses (27 credits) offered at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care. Transcripts are reviewed on a course-by-course basis to determine what liberal studies courses still need to be completed.
  • Students must earn at least 120 credits, and 45 of those credits must be IUP credits. Since students earn 27 credits in IUP 400-level respiratory care courses, they need complete only another 18 credits from IUP to meet this residency requirement. These courses may be completed at IUP’s main campus or the Northpointe campus located only 35 minutes from Pittsburgh along Route 28. Many IUP courses are also available on line.
  • Students may elect to register for their remaining liberal studies requirements on a part-time basis. In addition, the faculty at the School of Respiratory Care confer with each student in the CRT track to plan for full-time or part-time study of the respiratory courses that best suit the student’s needs.

Tuition and Fees

  • Information about tuition and fees for the IUP courses is available at the website of the Bursar’s Office.
  • While enrolled in the respiratory care courses, students pay tuition directly to The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care at a rate similar to that at IUP. A nominal registration and administrative fee is paid to IUP each semester the student is enrolled in courses at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital.
  • In addition to text books, there are additional expenses associated with the clinical courses, such as health screening and clinical resource fees.

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  • Nursing and Allied Health Professions Department
  • Johnson Hall, Room 210
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2557
  • Allied Health Programs: 724-357-7647
  • Graduate Nursing (MS): 724-357-7647
  • PhD Nursing: 724-357-3269
  • Fax: 724-357-3267
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.