University of Southern Indiana

Student and Program Outcomes

Pass Rates

2016 Pass Rates

National Board for Respiratory Care Pass Rate: 100%

2015 Pass Rates

National Board for Respiratory Care Pass Rate: 93%

2014 Pass Rates

National Board for Respiratory Care Pass Rate: 94%

2013 Pass Rates

National Board for Respiratory Care Pass Rate: 100%

2012 Pass Rates

National Board for Respiratory Care Pass Rate: 94%

Respiratory Therapy Student Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all respiratory therapist program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency as a respiratory care practitioner, as described by the National Board of Respiratory Care and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the respiratory care code of ethics, ethical obligations, and professional conduct.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, time management skills, interpersonal communication skills, and technical skills necessary to provide competent respiratory care in multidisciplinary care settings.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, and visual forms.
  5. Show proficiency in establishing an evidence base for best practices through research and the critique and interpretation of professional scientific literature.
  6. Display knowledge of current issues and trends in health care, including public policy, access, quality improvement, and legal and ethical topics.
  7. Exhibit knowledge of the roles in respiratory education and management.
  8. Assist physicians in diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients affected by cardiopulmonary disorders.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate information relevant to his/her role as an advanced level respiratory therapist.
  10. Demonstrate basic competencies in alternate care sites (i.e., homecare, rehabilitation centers, and long-term mechanical ventilator centers).

Respiratory Therapy Program Goals

  1. To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the knowledge, skills, and behavior required for respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRT’s).
  2. To provide community leadership through engagement, service learning, and organizational involvement.
  3. To provide an inclusive learning, caring community that supports students’ success and graduation.
  4. To serve as a leader in respiratory education, evidence based practice, research, and health care.
  5. To promote and advance personal development and inter-professional collaboration of respiratory faculty, staff, graduates, and health professionals.

Respiratory Therapy Program Facts

  1. On-Time Graduation: USI Respiratory Therapy program has 100% rate for 2015 and 2014; 93% in 2013
  2. Attrition/Retention: For 2015, retention was 100% and 0% attrition. For 2014, retention was 78% and 22% attrition. For 2013, 89% retention and 11% attrition.
  3. Credentialing Exam: Current pass rate of program graduates on credentialing exam is 97%
  4. Positive Placement: In 2015, 98% of all graduates are employed within six months of graduation. In 2014 and 2013 - 97%.
  5. Employer Satisfaction: 100% in 2013, 2014, 2015
  6. Overall Graduate Satisfaction: 98% in 2013, 2014, 2015
  7. Salary: Average salary upon graduation (entry level) $39,500+/year (varies geographically. Average national salary is $55,000+/year (varies geographically)
  8. Clinicals: Students are able to complete all clinical hours in the immediate area

Faculty Achievements

All faculty have a specialty rating in Respiratory Therapy:

  • Wes Phy, MEd, RRT, chair of Respiratory Therapy, holds a specialty in newborn intensive care and adult critical care.

  • Jody Delp, MEd, RRT, director of clinical education, holds a special certification in pulmonary function technology.

  • Julie Morgan, BS, RRT, instructor in respiratory therapy, holds a special certification in critical care and patient education.


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