Mission and Goals

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The primary mission of the Department of Respiratory Therapy Education is to train, educate and graduate competent entry-level respiratory therapists who then earn the RRT credential from the NBRC1 following graduation.

Goal: Students will demonstrate clinical competence

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate clinical competence/best practices in both diagnostic testing and therapy delivery.
  • Students will demonstrate entry-level knowledge and clinical judgment by passing the NBRC Entry Level Examination on the first attempt.1
  • Students will demonstrate advanced-level knowledge by passing the NBRC Written and Clinical Simulation Examinations on the first attempt. 1
  • Employers will report all graduates as competent in entry-level tasks according to CoARC Guidelines.2
  • Employers will report graduates as competent in entry-level tasks

Goal: Students will demonstrate knowledge in leadership, research and education

Learning Outcome

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research through academic work in the research process and independent study.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of leadership and management through academic work and independent study.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of teaching/education through academic work and independent study.

Goal: Students will demonstrate effective communication skills

Learning Outcome

Students will:

  • Successfully demonstrate various effective communication skills in all clinical settings including simulation.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills in the classroom and laboratory settings.

Goal: Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills

Learning Outcome
  • Students will develop an effective respiratory care treatment plan.
  • Students will use critical thinking & problem solving skills effectively in clinical situations.
  • Students will evaluate & analyze peer-reviewed, evidence-based literature and apply their assessments, conclusions and theories to clinical practice.

Goal: Students will demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior

Learning Outcome
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism according to the AARC3 and ethical behavior in the clinical setting.
  • Students will demonstrate a commitment to continuing education and professional service.

1National Board for Respiratory Care (www.nbrc.orgExternal Link Icon)
2Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.comExternal Link Icon)
3American Association for Respiratory Care, Inc. (www.aarc.orgExternal Link Icon)