Important members of the health care team, respiratory therapists work with all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased.
Respiratory therapists provide complex therapies that require considerable independent judgment and the use of sophisticated medical equipment. They also have a major role in educating patients and families about lung disease so recovery can be maximized.
This 120-credit program of study consists of two phases of study.
A curriculum track is available for those who are already certified respiratory therapists (CRT) and interested in earning a bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree facilitates career advancement.
The Bachelor of Science degree program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania/Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care is located in Indiana, Pa., and Pittsburgh, Pa., and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, TX 76021-4244 (817) 283-2835
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*Students may opt to complete a math course with a higher course number than 105 to fulfill the math requirement.
RESP 300- and 400-level courses are taught at the School of Respiratory Care, the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.
RESP 342 Preceptorship in Respiratory Care (1 cr) provides students with an opportunity to gain additional clinical experiences in a supervised health care setting. This course may be repeated for a maximum of five credits.
A minimum of 40 hours is required for each credit.
Synthesis course: not required
Writing Intensive Course: not required
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