Respiratory Care Classroom Instruction Moving to IUP Northpointe Campus

Posted on 4/11/2017 2:35:45 PM

Respiratory care studentEffective fall 2017, students in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Respiratory Care bachelor’s degree program will complete their upper division respiratory courses at IUP’s Northpointe campus in Freeport.

Students in the Respiratory Care program complete the first two years of the curriculum at the Indiana campus. These courses include preclinical courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics and the required liberal studies courses.

Previously, students completed the last two years (59 credits) of the coursework at Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care.

“The quality of the faculty and content of the coursework for this program will remain unchanged,” IUP Provost Timothy Moerland said.

“Northpointe offers modern facilities, including dedicated laboratory and classroom space with equipment especially for students in this program. The facility also offers study areas and computer laboratories with IUP technology that the students have been accustomed to using in their first two years of study at IUP.

“We believe this shift will be an added convenience to our students, and we are very pleased to offer this opportunity.”

The change in venue also may offer some financial savings to students in terms of fees and other costs associated with attending classes in Pittsburgh.

IUP’s program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Students in the program will continue to complete clinical experiences at hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health care agencies, including Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and WPH Forbes Regional Campus.

“We appreciate our strong relationship with Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Respiratory Care and the excellent training that our students have received there,” Moerland said.

An open house at the Northpointe campus will be held in the fall.

Currently, approximately 100 students are majoring in IUP’s Respiratory Care bachelor’s degree program. The program has been offered at IUP for more than 40 years.