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Respiratory Therapy Student Outcomes
BSRT - Traditional 4-Year Degree

Upon successful completion of all respiratory therapist program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency as a respiratory care practitioner, as described by the National Board of Respiratory Care and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the respiratory care code of ethics, ethical obligations, and professional conduct.
  • Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, time management skills, interpersonal communication skills, and technical skills necessary to provide competent respiratory care in multidisciplinary care settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, and visual forms.
  • Show proficiency in establishing an evidence base for best practices through research and the critique and interpretation of professional scientific literature.
  • Display knowledge of current issues and trends in health care, including public policy, access, quality improvement, and legal and ethical topics.
  • Exhibit knowledge of the roles in respiratory education and management.
  • Assist physicians in diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients affected by cardiopulmonary disorders.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate information relevant to his/her role as an advanced level respiratory therapist.
  • Demonstrate basic competencies in alternate care sites (i.e., homecare, rehabilitation centers, and long-term mechanical ventilator centers).

Respiratory Therapy Program Goals
BSRT - Traditional 4-Year Degree

  • 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).
  • To provide community leadership through engagement, service learning, and organizational involvement.
  • To provide an inclusive learning, caring community that supports students’ success and graduation.
  • To serve as a leader in respiratory education, evidence based practice, research, and health care.
  • To promote and advance personal development and inter-professional collaboration of respiratory faculty, staff, graduates, and health professionals.

Respiratory Therapy Program Student Outcomes

1. Attrition/Retention: Current program retention rate is 95% with an attrition of 5%

2. Credentialing Exam: Current program NBC graduate pass rates include:

Year Low Cut TMC High Cut TMC CSE
2019 93.8% 93.8% 100%
2020 100% 93.8% 91.7%
2021 90% 90% 87.5%
2022 100% 86.7% 100%

3. Positive Placement: Employed within six months of graduation of 95%

4. Employer Satisfaction: Current employer satisfaction with graduates of 100%

5. Overall Graduate Satisfaction: Current graduate satisfaction of 100%

Faculty Achievements

All faculty have a specialty rating in Respiratory Therapy:

  • Jody Delp, MEd, RRT, Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy, holds a special certification in pulmonary function technology.
  • Elizabeth Schnarr, MSRC, RRT, Assistant Professor of Respiratory, is a Certified Asthma Educator and Adult Critical Care Specialist.
  • Mary Phillips, MSHA, RRT, Instructor in Respiratory Therapy, is an Adult Critical Care Specialist and holds a certification in Pulmonary Function Technology and a Neonatal Pediatric Specialty.