Associate in Applied Science Degree
2 + 2 Bachelors Degree Transfer Option - Wheeling Jesuit University
Program Director: Ralph Lucki, RRT
Director of Clinical Education: Lisa Ingram, RRT
Full Time Faculty: Debra Yadrick, RRT
Academic Advisor(s): WH-Lucki (A-L), Ingram (M-Z), WT-Yadrick, NM-Lucki/Slie
This is an Advanced Level Respiratory Care program nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Respiratory Therapists are health professionals responsible for assessment, treatment, and prevention of cardiopulmonary disorders and the education of patients and their families. Graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Examination to become Registered Respiratory Therapists. The West Virginia Board of Respiratory Care (WVBORC) is responsible for granting professional state licensure for eligible graduates.
Respiratory Therapists are employed in hospitals, skilled patient-care facilities, physician offices, home health agencies and industry. Classroom instruction, laboratory simulations and clinical experiences provide students with the knowledge, technical and professional skills required of a Respiratory Therapist. Employment is predicted to grow rapidly due to substantial increases of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD), currently the 4th leading cause of death in the United States and other respiratory related diseases.
Students successfully completing the program are prepared to:
• Apply scientific knowledge and theory to clinical problems
• Evaluate clinical information using critical thinking skills
• Develop patient care plans related to respiratory care
• Operate equipment safely and efficiently
• Communicate effectively to the health care team, patients and family members
• Provide education to the health care team, patients and family members
• Conduct therapeutic procedures related to respiratory care
• Promote individual wellness and prevention of cardiopulmonary disorders
• Recognize patient needs and individual diversity
• Demonstrate appropriate personal and professional behaviors
Prior to admission, students must complete a Health Science Application and demonstrate proficiency in Reading, English, Mathematics and Reading either by obtaining a satisfactory score on the West Virginia Northern Placement Tests or the ACT test. Developmental courses must be completed before the student can enroll in Respiratory Care.
NOTE: This program has specific acceptance criteria and standards of progress requirements. Students must complete the required sequence of courses listed with a "C" or better in each course. For more information go to Respiratory Care Additional Information.
Students interested in the 2 + 2 program can complete the first 2 years at West Virginia Northern Community College to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist and transfer to Wheeling Jesuit University to obtain the Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy.
First Year – Fall Semester
First Year – Spring Semester
First Year – Summer Term
Second Year – Fall Semester
Second Year – Spring Semester
Total Hours in Program – 60