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Respiratory Care

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Join a Profession That is Essential to National Health with a Respiratory Care Degree from Gannon University 

    Respiratory care professionals are critically needed when diagnosing, treating and preventing respiratory illnesses. Gannon University’s respiratory care program provides you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to thrive in this fast-paced and impactful career.

    • 100%Be part of a program that has a recent job placement rate of 100%.
    • Benefit from Gannon University’s network of clinical relationships with major health systems.
    • Pursue an accredited certificate in polysomnography, so you can test and treat patients with sleep disorders.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Respiratory Care

    • Learn to evaluate, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis or pneumonia.  
    • Become an expert at providing emergency care for victims of heart failure, chest injuries, stroke, shock, premature birth or post-surgical complications.
    • Develop career preparedness to work under the direction of a physician and assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Learn clinical skills using advanced technology in our Patient Simulation Center, the largest in the region.  
    • Work with program faculty to design advanced clinical concentrations in one or more areas of respiratory care practice, based on your identified professional goals.  
    • Gain hands-on experience in critical aspects of respiratory care.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key respiratory care courses including: 

    Mechanical Ventilation and Critical Care and Lab: Master the application and operation of mechanical ventilators in patient care. The course includes applied critical care, including monitoring techniques practiced in the clinical Patient Simulation Center SIM lab.

    Respiratory Care Procedures: Study different therapeutic modalities used in respiratory care, including humidity therapy, hyperinflation therapy, aerosol and pharmacologic therapy, bronchial drainage and airway care.

    Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care: This course emphasizes the diagnosis and care of neonatal and pediatric patients in the intensive care setting. Mechanical ventilation of the neonate is stressed throughout this course.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    Our respiratory care program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Join a program whose recent graduates have had a 100% pass rate on the entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist exam.  
    • Meaningful career opportunities await respiratory therapists in hospital settings, as well as long-term care facilities, home care, and neonatal care.
    •  Earn an annual median wage of $62,810, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. 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 (RRT's).
  2. To prepare sleep disorder specialists with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of polysomnography practice as performed by sleep disorder specialists (SDS). 
  3. To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, advanced clinical practice (which may include
Amina Dhaher

Amina Dhaher Respiratory Care

“The program here really prepares you before you go to the clinical setting. We do our clinical rotations in a lot of different hospitals. When I go into the real world I’m going to be really prepared because I’ve worked with a lot of different units and hospitals (in my clinical work).”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.