Classroom and laboratory courses are held at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Clinical Courses are located at medical facilities throughout central Indiana with IU Health being a primary clinical affiliate.
This undergraduate education program is part of a consortium that includes Indiana University, Ball State University, the University of Indianapolis and IU Health. Students are enrolled at IUPUI for all their respiratory therapy courses and receive their degree from the IU School of Medicine.
The program is fully accredited under its official title “Indiana Respiratory Therapy Education Consortium” by the Commission on the Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX, 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835. Outcome data for the program can be found at https://www.coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcome-data.aspx.
Upon completion of the program, students demonstrate:
- professional behavior consistent with employer expectations as registered respiratory therapists
- the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as registered respiratory therapists
- technical proficiency in all the skills necessary to fulfill their roles as registered respiratory therapists
Licensing is required in most states to work as a respiratory therapist. Many states, including Indiana, use the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential offered by the NBRC as part of the licensing process, however some now require the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
Graduates of CoARC accredited, associate degree programs in respiratory therapy at a regionally accredited college or university are eligible to apply for advanced standing in the respiratory therapy baccalaureate degree program.