Graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Program at Shawnee State University earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is five semesters in length and combines classroom, laboratory, and clinical educational experiences.
All classroom and laboratory instruction is provided at the University. Clinical education is provided at a variety of hospital, extended care facilities, and home care sites located throughout southern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and western West Virginia.
This program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Graduates are eligible to take both the Entry-Level (Certification) and Advanced-Practitioner (Registry) Examinations of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Outcomes data from the 2017 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the
CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page
Our Mission at Shawnee State University Respiratory Therapy Program is to provide a quality education, develop critical thinking skills and provide practical hands-on experience so that our future therapists have the tools they need to succeed.
"To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practices as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs)" per CoARC standard 3.01
- Demonstrate knowledge and perform in an ethical and professional manner during all aspects of their clinical, classroom and working careers
- Comprehend, apply, and evaluate information in the clinical setting (Cognitive-Knowledge)
- Proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of the Registered Respiratory Therapist (Psychomotor-Skills)
- Developing professional attitude and behavior to meet employer expectations for the Registered Respiratory Therapist (Affective-Behavior)
The graduate of the Respiratory Therapy program is awarded the associate of applied science degree and is eligible to sit for the examinations of the National Board for Respiratory Care. Successful completion of the ''entry-level'' examination of the NBRC results in the student being awarded the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) credential. Successful completion also results in graduates being eligible for a license to practice in any state currently having a licensure law. Finally, graduates who successfully complete the entry-level examination are also eligible to take the advanced practitioner examination of the NBRC. Successful completion of that examination results in the student being awarded the RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) credential by the NBRC.