The Study of Respiratory Care
The Respiratory Care Program leads to an associate of science in health science degree, which may be earned in two and a half years of full-time study. After a year of prerequisite courses, selected students enter the professional phase of the program in the fall and graduate in December of the following year. Selection for admission is competitive and limited to a class of twenty.
Our private Catholic college is located in urban Kansas, which allows you to connect with local healthcare facilities. With numerous networking opportunities and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, our respiratory care students are given the tools and attention necessary to succeed.
The goal of the Respiratory Care Program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).
The Respiratory Care Program, #200117, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Outcomes data from the 2015 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website. Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page: http://www.coarc.com/47.html.
About Our Respiratory Care Program
This program focuses on preparing you to:
- Function as a Respiratory Therapist under the direction of a physician
- Provide providing evaluation, treatment, and care to patients of all ages with heart, lung, and breathing disorders
- Work in a variety of health environments, including hospitals, physician offices, and specialized care hospitals
While attending the program, you can expect to take courses including Cardiopulmonary and Renal Physiology, Pediatric Respiratory Care, Neonatal Respiratory Care and more. A complete plan of study can be found here.
The Clinical Experience
Newman's urban setting allows for affiliation with large medical centers and smaller community hospitals, offering a wide variety of experiences.
Clinical instructors include respiratory therapists and physicians who have real world experience and knowledge of the latest advancements in pulmonary-related technology.
About Our Faculty
Respiratory Care Department
Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in respiratory care. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.
While pursuing a degree in respiratory care, you can expect a promising future. The respiratory therapist field is projected to grow 12% between 2014 and 2024 and earn a national average salary of $57,720 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) website can provide additional information on the profession of respiratory care. Our students are prepared to meet the expected demand for respiratory therapists.
Respiratory Care is a dynamic, high-tech, high-touch allied health profession.
Respiratory therapists work under the direction of a physician and assist in the evaluation, treatment and care of patients with heart, lung and breathing disorders. These patients range in age from the premature infant to the elderly. Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals; however, an increasing number of respiratory therapists are now working in physicians’ offices, specialized care hospitals, home medical equipment companies and skilled nursing facilities.
Graduates are eligible to sit for the registry examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), leading to the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. The RRT credential is the “standard of excellence” for respiratory care professionals. Requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas are partially met by earning the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our respiratory care program, our students can join the Newman University Medical Professions Club (NUMPC), an organization of 200+ members that gives students of all pre-professional medical disciplines the opportunities for mentoring and community involvement (including mission trips). This organization allows for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
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We think our university is great, but don’t just take our word for it. Hear what some of our previous students have to say about their experience.
"I love Newman. Newman’s an easy place to fall in love with and it’s easy to work hard for what you love."
Brandi Boese, Class of 2016
"I think Newman has great value and it’s because you get to know your professors by name. The president of the university knew my name...because you get a personal relationship with everyone at Newman."
Easton Julian, CLASS OF 2016
Apply to the Respiratory Care Program
Download the latest Respiratory Care Application Packet below for detailed application steps:
VISIT THE CAMPUS
The best way to discover if Newman is the right home for you is to plan a campus visit. The Welcome Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is even open on select Saturdays!