Student and Program Outcomes
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).
- 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.
On-Time Graduation: USI Respiratory Therapy program has a 98% on-time graduation rate for 2017, 100% rate for 2017, 2016, and 2015; 97% in 2014
Attrition/Retention: For 2017 the retention rate was 95% with an attrition of 5%, 2016 retention was 98% with an attrition of 2%, and 2015, retention was 100% and 0% attrition. For 2014, retention was 85% and 15% attrition.
Credentialing Exam: Current pass rate of program graduates on credentialing exam is 100%
Positive Placement: In 2017, 98% of all graduates were employed within six months after graduation. In 2016, 2015, and 2014 – 97% of all graduates were employed within six months after graduation.
Employer Satisfaction: 100% in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Overall Graduate Satisfaction: 98% in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
Salary: Average salary upon graduation (entry level) $39,500+/year (varies geographically. Average national salary is $55,000+/year (varies geographically)
Clinical: Students are able to complete all clinical hours in the immediate area
All faculty have a specialty rating in Respiratory Therapy:
- Wes Phy, MEd, RRT, chair of Respiratory Therapy, holds a specialty in newborn intensive care and adult critical care.
- Jody Delp, MEd, RRT, director of clinical education, holds a special certification in pulmonary function technology.
- Julie Morgan, BS, RRT, instructor in respiratory therapy, holds a special certification in critical care and patient education.