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School of Respiratory Care - IUP

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and West Penn Hospital combined resources in 1972 to provide a cooperative bachelor of science degree program in respiratory care. The IUP/West Penn Hospital program was the first such program in the state and the fifth in the country and is widely recognized as one of the finest respiratory care programs in the country.

Coupling the rich academic atmosphere of the university with the unique, comprehensive classroom and clinical opportunities at the Hospital, our School of Respiratory Care is committed to graduating men and women who are dedicated to their patients and the profession and who are technically competent leaders in their field.

The IUP/West Penn Hospital School of Respiratory Care is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation
for Respiratory Care

1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244


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What do Respiratory Therapists Do?

Respiratory therapists aid physicians in the evaluation and treatment of heart and lung ailments. They work in a variety of areas such as emergency departments, intensive care units and pulmonary rehabilitation units, home care and a host of other treatment sites.

About the IUP/West Penn Hospital School of Respiratory Care

The IUP/West Penn Hospital School of Respiratory Care offers more than 25 years of experience in providing high-quality education to hundreds of students. It was the first fully accredited baccalaureate degree Respiratory Care Program in Pennsylvania and the fifth in the country. It is a leadership program in the discipline of respiratory care with a solid national reputation.

The IUP/West Penn Hospital School of Respiratory Care enjoys a reputation of excellence and quality, and its graduates have an impressive track record of securing a 99% pass rate for the national credentialing exams (average national pass rates for all schools is approximately 70%), as well as 100% employment. Recruiters from well-known employers throughout the East Coast (e.g., Johns Hopkins Hospital) routinely look to IUP/West Penn Hospital graduates to fill top-notch positions.

The IUP/West Penn Hospital School of Respiratory Care offers the following to students:

  • Small classes with individualized attention
  • Specialty courses in Management, Teaching, Critical Care, Neonatal RC, Rehab, ECG, Pediatrics, Pulmonary Function Diagnostics, and Research
  • Concurrent classroom and clinical experiences for full-time students
  • Extensive computer, library, and equipment practice labs, including the STAR (simulation) Center located on the West Penn Hospital campus
  • Clinical experience in many healthcare venues
  • Low student/teacher ratios
  • Clinical instruction by primary faculty

Academic Qualifications

Students complete pre-clinical coursework on IUP's Indiana campus, then proceed to the junior and senior clinical years at West Penn Hospital.

To enter the clinical phase, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher in math and science. An overall grade point average of 2.0 is also required.

A Dedicated Faculty

Students receive individualized academic counseling by the coordinator of Allied Health Professions at IUP.

Respiratory Therapy faculty members at West Penn Hospital all have graduate degrees, multiple credentials and have a combined teaching experience of more than 100 years.

All advisors and faculty are permanent, full-time employees of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and West Penn Hospital.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

IUP LogoWith its original 1875 building still standing at the heart of its campus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has a long tradition of academic excellence. IUP provides an intellectually challenging experience to more than 13,000 students at the university's three campuses, all easily accessible from Pittsburgh and the Middle Atlantic region.

Academic offerings include more than 100 undergraduate majors with a variety of internship and study-abroad programs, more than 40 masters' degree programs, and 8 doctoral degree programs.

Students in the respiratory therapy program often take clinical preceptorships, which provide them with the opportunity for additional experience and learning, as well as the opportunity to earn a stipend while still in school.

The variety and quality of instruction at IUP are characteristic of a big university but close, one-to-one relationships develop within the teaching framework and a strong sense of community prevails.

For More Information

For more information or a tour of the IUP/West Penn Hospital School of Respiratory Care, please contact us:

Telephone: 412.578.7000


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