WSU Respiratory Therapy Program Earns National Recognition

For the third year in a row, WSU’s respiratory therapy program has received a Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapists Credentialing Success Award from The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). WSU was one of only 60 programs honored at a CoARC reception preceding the 2015 American Association for Respiratory Care Summer Forum in Phoenix, Arizona.

“There are about 440 programs nationwide,” says Paul Eberle, respiratory therapy department chair. “Out of those 440, only 62 received the award,” he adds. Weber State University actually captured two awards — one for its Ogden campus and another for the Salt Lake City location.

Each year, CoARC recognizes high quality educational programs that meet its rigorous criteria for successfully preparing respiratory therapists to practice, educate, research, and serve. “The faculty’s commitment to Weber State’s program has contributed to this award,” says WSU associate professor Janelle Gardiner. “They’ve been able to produce graduates that are able to go out and get jobs because they’ve been prepared for their exams at an advanced level.”

Gardiner says WSU’s respiratory therapy program offers students a perfect blend of academics and practical application. “The learning done at the clinical sites reinforces good theory courses as well as wonderful lab courses,” she says. “All that contributes to learning and really puts out an exceptional graduate. I’m proud of Weber State overall, but I’m especially proud of our reputation.”