Message from Stephanie Cross, Director of Respiratory Care
About Health Professions
A Tradition of Respiratory Care
Shenandoah University's program in Respiratory Care has been in existence longer than any other program in the state of Virginia. The Division of Respiratory Care offers several degree options and makes earning a degree convenient by offering a transfer track where students may transfer their associate degree or credit hours into the bachelor of science in Respiratory Care degree. Shenandoah students receive a comprehensive education in a state-of-the-art laboratory and benefit from the university's close relationship with the Winchester Medical Center and hospitals in northern Virginia for their clinical opportunities.
The Accelerated Four-Semester Track is for students enrolling in or transferring to Shenandoah University without any respiratory therapy credentials. This track is only available to students who do not hold any respiratory therapy credentials.
The mission of the Shenandoah University Respiratory Care program is to prepare and educate its students to become exemplary health care providers in the field of respiratory care. The curriculum employs the standards instituted by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and provides students with an atmosphere that promotes critical thinking, the ability to develop the knowledge and skill essential to become an integral member of the health care team, and a consideration of human diversity.
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs)
Accomplished Faculty Mentors Make The Difference
Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors beyond the classroom. As a team, they prepare you to serve as a compassionate respiratory care practitioner, critical thinker and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from small class sizes that enable faculty members to provide individualized attention and nurture your academic and professional development.
The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (817)283-2835. Upon completion of all requirements, graduates are eligible to take the credential examinations given by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).