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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)