If you have a passion for helping others and an interest in health professions, consider a career in respiratory care.
Respiratory therapists are vital members of the health care team, serving in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians’ offices and home health agencies. Respiratory therapists care for their patients by integrating advanced technology, helping them to breathe easier, better and longer.
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 Three Semester Track in Respiratory Care 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. Students must complete all program prerequisites, Shenandoah University general education requirements and free electives (for a minimum of 80 credit hours) before enrolling in any Respiratory Care courses. This is a sequenced program; students may only enter in the fall semester.
Courses in this track are delivered at both the Winchester and Northern Virginia campuses.
Hear from Stephanie Cross the Director of Respiratory Care
Shenandoah University proudly offers the oldest respiratory care program in Virginia. Shenandoah’s Director of the Division of Respiratory Care Stephanie Cross, MS, RRT, RPFT, says while the profession is relatively unknown, it’s exciting, fast-paced and rewarding one in which practitioners work with patients from their first breaths as newborns to old age. Cross is a Shenandoah graduate who was introduced to the field at the university. Let her show you how interesting and full both Shenandoah’s program and respiratory care as a profession can be.
Learn More About This Program
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.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Why A Career In Respiratory Care?
With estimated job growth at 28 percent for 2010-2020, the United States Department of Labor cites respiratory care as a fulfilling field with above-average growth potential and a typical starting salary range between $45,000 and $55,000.
Shenandoah University’s bachelor’s degree program in Respiratory Care prepares you to become a compassionate and skilled advanced respiratory care practitioner capable of providing effective patient care in diverse healthcare settings.
The Career Services Office provides a comprehensive range of services and resources to assist Shenandoah students in their career search. Services offered include resume and cover letter building, mock interviews, and professional dining etiquette workshops.
|BIO 231||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|BIO 232||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|PHYS 111||College Physics||4|
|CHEM 121||General Chemistry||4|
Respiratory Care Curriculum:
|RC 404||Respiratory Health and Disease I||3|
|RC 410||Cardiorespiratory Physiology||3|
|RC 411||Methodology of Respiratory Care I||4|
|RC 414||Applied Respiratory Care I||4|
|RC 406||Respiratory Health and Disease II||3|
|RC 408||Mechanical Ventilation||4|
|RC 421||Methodology of Respiratory Care II||3|
|RC 424||Applied Respiratory Care II||4|
|RC 305||Foundations of Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care||3|
|RC 351||Advanced Techniques in Adult Critical Care||3|
|RC 423||Respiratory Care Seminar||2|
|RC 434||Clinical Practice III||4|
Learning support services are available to all students in every course at Shenandoah. Free peer tutoring with a student who has previously succeeded in the course is available for any course across the university. The Writing Center is available for every stage of the writing process from thesis development to proofreading and bibliography assistance. The Math Enrichment Center is available for math and science assistance. Professors and Academic Advisors across the university also have office hours and open door policies to ensure Shenandoah students succeed academically.
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.
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Director of Clinical Education and Assistant ProfessorFull Biography
Admission To The Three-Semester Track
An overall grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission. In addition, a grade point average of 2.5 in the prerequisite science courses is required. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is also required in all respiratory care courses, if taken.
Applicants with no more than one science prerequisite and six additional hours of credit outstanding at the end of the spring semester prior to enrollment may be admitted on a provisional basis, but must submit official transcripts documenting completion of those credits to the Office of Admissions prior to the first day of fall semester enrollment, or they will not be permitted to begin the program. All credits to be transferred must be earned at a regionally-accredited institution.
Undergraduate Applicant Materials
- Complete the Undergraduate Application
- Submit official transcripts from each institution attended
- Submit official SAT or ACT test scores