Mission and Goals

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.org)
2Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com)
3American Association for Respiratory Care, Inc. (www.aarc.org)

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing/Licensure Examinations 

Five-year average for CRT (entry-level exam) credentialing examination first time pass rate

01/2009 – 12/2013

Out of 59 examinees, 57 passed the CRT exam the first time.


Five-year average for the WRRT (Part 1 of the Advanced Practitioner Exam, Written portiin) credentialing examination first time pass rate

01/2009 – 12/2013

Out of 50 examinees, 42 passed the WRRT exam the first time.


Five-year average for the CSE (Clinical Simulation Exam - Part 2 of the Advanced Practitioner Exam,) credentialing examination first time pass rate

01/2009 – 12/2013

Out of 41 examinees, 38 passed the CSE exam the first time.


Five-year total:  CRT credential earned

01/2009 – 12/2013

Out of 59 graduates, 57 earned the CRT credential


 Five-year total:  RRT credential earned

01/2009 – 12/2013 

Out of 59 graduates, 49 earned the RRT credential


Program Retention Data

Class Year

# Students Completing/ Initially Enrolled in the Program


% Retention Rate
















5 Year Average



Program Job Placement Data

Five-year average job placement rate, within 12 months of graduation

01/2009 – 12/2013

Out of 58 graduates who actively sought employment, 58 found employment within 12 months of graduation



Program accreditation information and effectiveness data please see:
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX  76021-4244
817-283-2835 (Office)
817-354-8519 (Plain Paper Fax)
817-510-1063 (Fax to E-mail)

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"The job market is fantastic. A lot of the second-year students already have jobs lined up. Wherever you want to work, you can get a job."
Megan Dragonette,
Class of 2009

Room 1215, Weiskotten Hall
Phone: 315 464-4570
Email: admiss@upstate.edu