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MaryBeth Emmerth
Director of Respiratory Care
Email: memmerth@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2208

Department of Respiratory Care


Respiratory care is a life-supporting, life-enhancing health care profession practiced under qualified medical direction. This professional specialty uses scientific principles to identify and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system and promote optimal health. Respiratory therapy is a unique field, blending hands-on patient care with advanced technology.

Why choose Wheeling Jesuit University?

The respiratory therapy program at Wheeling Jesuit offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a proven track record of producing leaders in the field of respiratory care. The major is offered within the structure of the 450-year tradition of Jesuit higher education. Our liberal arts approach means that you will graduate with oral and written communication skills, greater cultural awareness and a commitment to service prized by employers in
the health fields.

As a student in the program, you will be taught by instructors who are committed to producing the best respiratory care professionals in the field and who understand the need to stay current with the rapid, continual changes that are common in our advanced health care environment. The faculty will expect you to master an aggressive curriculum and excel in assessment, treatment, management, education and research skills. Your academic education will be coupled with broad clinical experience in facilities throughout the region. When you receive your degree, you will be confident in the knowledge and therapeutic skills you developed at Wheeling Jesuit.

Consider this - the health care industry is discussing changes to the respiratory therapy field that would make obtaining a bachelor's degree a requirement to practice as a physician extender. Wheeling Jesuit has offered its bachelor's degree program in respiratory therapy since 1978. We understand the profession and its demands for the future. Therefore, you will be ahead of the curve and ahead of your competition by enrolling at Wheeling Jesuit.

The Respiratory Therapy Program, at Wheeling Jesuit University, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (WJU program #200264). Outcome 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.

Effective November 12, 2016 the program was placed on Probationary Accreditation by CoARC.
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

University accreditation has been issued by:
Northern Central Assoc. of Colleges & Schools

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