Dumke College of Health Professions

Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy program (REST) at Weber State University is a state, regional, and national leader in respiratory care curriculum and education. The program maintains continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  Annual reporting is conducted for program outcomes pertaining to four student co-horts located in Ogden, WSU-Davis, SLC, and in Provo, Utah at Utah Valley Regional Hospital.  These outcomes include data on enrollment, graduation, credentialing success statistics, employer and graduate satisfaction, and attrition. The program meets or exceeds national threshold standards in every measurable category reported in three year running averages i.e., last reported for the academic year in 2013, 2014 and 2015.  A CoARC “report of current status” (RCS 2016) is included for review as well as annual school summary credentialing reports from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).

In July 2016, the WSU Department of Respiratory Therapy was recognized in the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Summer Forum for distinguished RRT credentialing success (the highest professional credential) awarded to select programs from over 400 schools in the nation.

Respiratory Therapy. An art and a science concerned with promoting and restoring health in evaluating, monitoring, and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Respiratory therapists provide care for patients throughout the lifespan from pre-term and newborn infants to pediatric and geriatric populations. Respiratory therapists assess, diagnose, manage, evaluate and treat human responses to actual or potential health problems and they provide CPR and life-support to the dying. A holistic respiratory therapy perspective is enhanced by recognition of environmental factors effecting health and anticipating human needs. The use of skilled communication facilitates all aspects of providing effective respiratory care. All respiratory therapists are responsible and accountable for maintaining a safe and comfortable environment within their scope of practice.

Curriculum Design. The Respiratory Care curriculum uses a competency-based approach to learning. The learning objectives are carried out in 65 credit hours (minimum) of professional coursework evaluated in three phases (cognitive, psychomotor, affective domains of learning) that integrate individual course and curricular objectives. These are outlined by the national accreditation commission (CoARC) as educational essentials in didactic course work, laboratory exercises, and in clinical practices throughout the program.

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Contact Information:
Dr. Paul Eberle
3904 University Circle
Marriott Allied Health Building - Room 309
Ogden, UT 84408-3904
(801) 626-6840