University of Southern Indiana

Respiratory Therapy

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The University of Southern Indiana offers a four-year program in respiratory therapy, culminating in a Bachelor of Science degree. All core curriculum courses and most respiratory therapy courses are given at the University campus. Clinical training is provided at Deaconess Hospital, Gateway, Community Methodist, Owensboro, Select, Vincennes, and St. Mary's Medical Center, under qualified medical supervision. The combination of academic work, clinical rotations, and physician contact provides the student with an intense preparation necessary for an exciting, rewarding career as a respiratory therapist. Enrollment is limited and applications to the program should be submitted before August 1 of the year the applicant desires entrance into the program.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Respiratory Therapy Program is to provide sound instruction and resources that will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, attitude, and critical thinking which are necessary to become successful and competent respiratory therapists. The Respiratory Therapy Program fosters and promotes health and wellness through the advancement of education, teaching excellence, practice, research, community engagement and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the knowledge, skills, and behavior required for respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT's).
  2. To provide community leadership through engagement, service learning, and organizational involvement.
  3. To provide an inclusive learning, caring community that supports students' success and graduation.
  4. To serve as a leader in respiratory education, evidence based practice, research, and health care.
  5. To promote and advance personal development and inter-professional collaboration of respiratory faculty, staff, graduates, and health professionals.


The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC is located at 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 67021-4244 and can be reached at 817-283-2835.

Program outcomes data relative to credentialing success, program attrition, job placement, program enrollment, and graduation rates is available on the CoARC website


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