Respiratory therapists are health care professionals who evaluate and treat persons of all ages having lung and heart disorders. The responsibilities of the therapist include: pulmonary function assessment, administering oxygen and aerosolized drugs, breathing retraining and pulmonary rehabilitiation, acute care management of patients requiring ventilatory support, and emergency care.
Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation
The Respiratory Therapy Program (offering the Bachelor of Health Science degree in Louisville, KY) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Respiratory Therapy Program Department Goals
The mission of Bellarmine University is to educate its students to “…develop the intellectual, moral, ethical and professional competencies for successful living, work, leadership, and service to others.” Thus directed, the larger university would, “…benefit the public interest, to help create the future, and to improve the human condition.” The goal of the respiratory therapy program is subsumed within the university mission, in that the program graduates students who serve as, “…competent advanced level respiratory therapists.” Intellectual, moral, ethical, and professional competencies are explicitly stated in terms of three program objectives. Progress toward each objective is evaluated annually, using two or more evaluation systems, under guidelines promulgated by the Committee on the Accreditation of Respiratory Care (COARC). Program objectives and evaluation systems are as follows:
1. Intellectual competencies: To comprehend, evaluate, and apply clinical information relevant to advanced-level respiratory therapy practice (Cognitive Domain).
a. National board examination system performance (Entry Level Certification, Written Registry Examination, and Clinical Simulation Examination)
b. Survey following program completion looking at the graduate’s self-assessment of his or her professional knowledge base in reference to clinical expectations.
c. Employer survey during first year after program completion assessing each graduate’s professional knowledge base in relation to clinical practice.
2. Moral, ethical competencies: To demonstrate professional behavior (Affective Domain).
a. Ongoing in-program clinical assessment of peer and patient interactions.
b. Survey following program completion directed at graduate’s self-described attitudes and behavior toward patients and peers.
c. Employer survey during first year after program completion assessing the graduate’s attitudes and behavior toward patients and peers.
3. Professional competencies: To demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an advanced-level respiratory therapy practitioner (Psychomotor Domain).
a. Survey following program completion looking at the graduate’s appraisal of his or her confidence and competence in performing clinical procedures.
b. Employer survey during first year after program completion assessing the graduate’s clinical competency.
Working toward its goals and objectives, the respiratory therapy program addresses Bellarmine’s larger mission to benefit the public interest and improve the human condition.
Careers in Respiratory Therapy
Learn more about the careers possible with a degree in Respiratory Therapy below.
Christy Kane, Ph.D. Chair (email)
Harvy Snider, MD (email)
Diane Kemper, Program Assistant (email)
Janet Vogt, MHS (email)
Jerome Walker, EdD, (email) (website)
Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options on 6 continents in over 50 countries and at over 150 partner campuses around the globe.
For more information about the Respiratory Therapy Department, call 502.272.8419.
All applications and correspondence relevant to admission should be directed to:
Office of Graduate Admission
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205