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Respiratory Therapist

What They Do

Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders and are actively involved in health promotion and disease prevention. They care for all sorts of patients — from the premature infant to the extremely old — and practice in a variety of settings, ranging from patients' homes to the highest level of critical care units.

Respiratory therapy departments are located mainly in hospitals. Respiratory therapists also work in nursing care facilities, in home health care, at clinics and for companies that provide medical equipment.

Duration of Training

Four years (including prerequisite courses). All classes are during the day, Monday - Friday. Most clinical rotations are 12 hours, 7 am to 7:30 pm.

If you are a graduate of an associate degree program in respiratory therapy and want to earn your BS degree, contact Janice Johnson at IRTEC@iuhealth.org

Three central Indiana universities have joined IU Health in a consortium to offer a bachelor's degree in respiratory therapy. Students complete all prerequisites at their home university and then come together for two years of professional courses at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. They will remain enrolled in and receive their degree from their home university.

Application Deadline

January 10

Program Start Date

August

Cost

Regular college tuition, which varies depending on the affiliated university.

Prerequisites

Two years of college-level prerequisite courses at an affiliated university.

Admission

Admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance to the Professional Studies phase of the program.  Preference in admission will be given to applicants who are residents of the State of Indiana. The number of non-resident applicants accepted into the program will be limited to a maximum of 10% of each class. Students may apply for admission to the Professional Studies portion of the program when the following requirements are met:

  • 28 hours of required courses are completed
  • 10 of these completed hours are in required math/science courses
  • "C" or better in required math/science courses
  • 2.5 overall GPA
  • completion and documentation of at least three hours of clinical observation

All prerequisites must be completed by August 1 of the application year.

General Studies Requirements

Students will complete their general studies at their "home" university. During this time they will also complete graduation requirements of the university. In addition, prerequisite courses for the Respiratory Therapy Program include the following:

  • English (2 courses)
  • Speech
  • Chemistry with Lab
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology/Life Span Development
  • College Level Mathematics (2 courses)
  • Human Anatomy with Lab
  • Ethics
  • Physics
  • Human Physiology with Lab
  • Statistics
  • Microbiology

Application/Contact Information

Interested applicants must apply to the program through one of the affiliated universities. Admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance to the professional studies phase of the program. For more information please contact the appropriate university.

Ball State University

IUPUI

University of Indianapolis

For specific questions about the program curriculum, contact the respiratory therapy program director, Janice Johnson, MS, RRT-NPS, AE-C, at 317.962.8475 or IRTEC@iuhealth.org

Program Accreditation 

The Indiana Respiratory Education Consortium, which grants a baccalaureate degree along with Indiana University, Ball State University, or the University of Indianapolis, is located in Indianapolis. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
817.283.2835

Outcome data for the program can be found at http://www.coarc.com/47.html.

Program Goal

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to the acquisition of skills in management, education and research.

Faculty

Janice Johnson, MS, RRT, NPS, AE-C
Director

Tammy Hunt-Dimirsky, MS, RRT, SDS, RPFT
Clinical Coordinator

Chris C. Naum, MD
Medical Director

Peter Bischoff, MHA, RRT-ACCS
Lecturer

Debbie Koehl, MS, RRT, AE-C, FAARC
Lecturer

Christopher Porter, BS, RRT-NPS
Lecturer