To learn about IUP, the respiratory care program, and a career as a respiratory therapist:
Contact the program coordinator for an appointment or to discuss program details:Kathryn KindermanIUP at Northpointe Campus, RM 118724-294-3300K.G.Kinderman@iup.edu
Visit the professional association American Association for Respiratory Care.
View the Life and Breath video showing the roles and responsibilities of respiratory care practitioners and interviews with real-life therapists, students, and physicians and
the various work settings and types of patients cared for by these important healthcare professionals.
Read more information about the career from the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and at Explore Health Careers.
Browse current job openings at Health Care Careers.
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A student profile for a recent entering class for all IUP freshman was an average SAT score of 1000 (Mathematics and Critical Reading sections only) and an average cumulative high school grade point average of 3.2. There are no special admission requirements
for acceptance into the respiratory care major. For more details about a recommended timeline for the application process and to apply, visit Undergraduate Admissions.
Respiratory care students are encouraged to join nursing, nuclear medicine technology, and clinical laboratory science students in a living-learning community located
in Suites on Maple East. This option provides an excellent opportunity to share living space with students who have similar interests and similar curriculum requirements.
The respiratory care curriculum includes many challenging courses. IUP offers walk-in peer tutors, special supplemental instruction tutoring sessions, and other support services which help students succeed and excel. For more detail, visit the Department of Developmental Studies. The respiratory care program coordinator is the academic advisor for respiratory care students and can also assist with plans for academic success.
Before starting the clinical phase, students will need to meet special requirements that include health screening, drug screening, and a criminal background check.
Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average to be accepted into the respiratory care major. For more information about the program, about progression criteria and special requirements, and for assistance in developing a potential plan of study,
contact the respiratory care program coordinator.
Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 from all postsecondary institutions attended. The clinical phase begins in the fall semester each year. There are no special admission requirements for acceptance into the respiratory
care major. For more details about the application process and to apply, visit Undergraduate Admissions.
The online credit evaluation system is an excellent place to begin an assessment of which courses completed are equivalent
to the courses required in the respiratory care curriculum. In addition, the respiratory care program coordinator is available to assist in the preliminary planning process for transferring to IUP.
Before starting the clinical phase work, students will need to meet special requirements that include health screening, drug screening, and a criminal background check.
Individuals who have already earned one bachelor’s degree may be admitted to the university with advanced placement.