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Make a commitment to academic success this semester and set a goal to make the dean’s list! To achieve this status you must earn at least a 3.25 GPA for the semester. Check the Department of Developmental Studies website for the fall schedule of tutorials, supplemental instruction sessions, and workshops designed to help students prepare, advance, and excel.
Kathryn Kinderman, MS, RRT, CPFTProgram Director, Respiratory CareAssistant Professor,Department of Nursing and Allied HealthIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIUP Northpointe167 Northpointe Blvd.Freeport, PA 16229Phone: 724-294-3300 ext. 24E-mail: K.G.Kinderman@iup.edu
Georganne MeyersProgram Secretary, Respiratory CareDepartment of Nursing and Allied HealthIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIUP Northpointe167 Northpointe Blvd.Freeport, PA 16229Phone: 724-294-3300 ext. 31E-mail: G.Meyers@iup.edu
Monday through Friday 1:00–4:30 p.m.
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All respiratory care students are assigned an advisor from the respiratory care faculty to advise students with matters of academic achievement, schedule adjustments, student activities, study schedules, curriculum changes, and assistance with individual programs. Your academic advisor is available to guide you through your career as a student at IUP. This is your first contact person if you have any academic questions or concerns. If you don’t know who your advisor is, check in your MyIUP or contact the department secretary.
Registration for the winter session and spring semesters begins in mid-October. Registration for fall semester and summer sessions begins in mid-March. Schedules are available through MyIUP and are typically
posted several weeks before the registration period begins.
Respiratory care students receive early registration times each semester and are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to get the best schedule possible. Students must schedule an appointment to meet with their assigned advisor each
semester to discuss academic progress and plans for the next semesters. At that meeting students will receive their alternate Personal Identification Number (PIN) needed to access the registration system. Students may view the date and time when they
can begin to register by logging into MyIUP. Sign-up times for advising appointments are posted in mid-February and mid-September and advisees are notified by e-mail when advising appointments
Students are expected to check their IUP e-mail frequently and use their IUP e-mail address when sending
e-mail to anyone in the IUP community. Important and helpful information is sent to students from the coordinator, secretary, registrar, and others. Assistance with the use of the IUP e-mail system and other technology support is available at the
IT Support Center.
MyIUP provides links to a wide variety of information and resources, including the academic calendar, schedules, financial aid and billing, grades, how to calculate a grade point average (GPA), and details about graduation.
Many students plan to take courses during the summer at other colleges or universities. This excellent strategy allows students to take a lighter course load during the academic year, pursue a special area of interest, or stay on track for progression of the respiratory care program. Students interested in registering for courses at other colleges or universities should follow the steps listed below:
Consider the following actions that will help you become acquainted with the profession:
Students meet regularly with their academic advisor while at IUP. At these, meetings progress toward meeting academic requirements for clinical placement is carefully reviewed and discussed. Students are expected to earn a minimum grade point average
of at least 2.25 in math and science courses and a minimum overall 2.0 grade point average to secure a seat at the clinical phase of the
program (at IUP Northpointe). 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.
The program director and clinical coordinator from the respiratory care program meet at the end of each spring semester to make clinical placement decisions. Students receive written communication from both IUP and the School of Respiratory
Care informing them of placement decisions and providing appropriate detail about the additional clinical year requirements. In some cases, the clinical placement decision is contingent upon successful completion of summer course work.
Once accepted into the clinical phase of the program, the director at the School of Respiratory Care provides students with detailed information about additional requirements. Typically, these requirements include:
Students must also independently complete instruction using a medical terminology book prior to beginning the first respiratory classes. Costs associated with these items are the student’s responsibility.
Students must register for RESP 342 (Preceptorship for Respiratory Care) each semester during registration if they plan to participate in a preceptorship experience. It is the student’s responsibility to register/drop/withdraw from this course consistent
with university deadlines.
Undergraduate students are required to apply on line for graduation in their next to final semester of enrollment. Students must apply for graduation regardless of their plans to participate in IUP’s commencement ceremony.