Respiratory Therapy

Chair or Program Director: 

Christy Kane, Ph.D, RRT-NPS, Chair
Miles Hall 322, Phone 502.272.8424,


Harvy L. Snider, MD; Jerome F. Walker, Ed.D, RRT; Janet R. Vogt, BHS, RRT

The Respiratory Therapy Program prepares the student for licensure and practice in the field of respiratory therapy. The program for traditional college students and transfer students is a four-year course of study that culminates in the Bachelor of Health Science degree. There is also an accelerated, second-degree program for students already having a bachelor’s degree. 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, diagnostic testing, administering oxygen and aerosolized drugs, breathing retraining and pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care management of patients requiring ventilatory support, and emergency care. Respiratory therapists find careers in multiple settings, including the hospital, home care and rehabilitation.

Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( 
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

Program Goals and Objectives

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. Program objectives are as follows

  1. Intellectual competencies: To comprehend, evaluate, and apply clinical information relevant to advanced-level respiratory therapy practice (Cognitive Domain).
  2. Moral, ethical competencies: To demonstrate professional behavior (Affective Domain).
  3. Professional competencies: To demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an advanced-level respiratory therapy practitioner (Psychomotor Domain).

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.

Admission Criteria

  • Acceptance to Bellarmine University
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5
  • Completion of required prerequisite courses for the specific program
  • The Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences reserves the right to require TOEFLiBT testing from any candidate. If English is your second language or if your undergraduate degree is from an international institution (second degree applicants), you will be required to take the TOEFLiBT (internet-based) and receive a total score of 83 or higher and a 26 or higher on the speaking test. Information about the TOEFLiBT can be found at www.ets/toefl.

Degree Requirements

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