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

Program Admission Procedure

Application to the professional phase of the Respiratory Therapy major occurs the semester prior to the first respiratory therapy course (RET). Application would normally occur during the fall semester of the sophomore year.  Students who change majors, or transfer into the University may be out of sequence.  These students would need to apply to the program after all math and science pre-requisites have been fulfilled, and prior to scheduling for their first respiratory therapy (RET) course. ALL Students must be accepted to the professional phase of the program prior to scheduling any level of respiratory therapy course.
The student desiring to enter the professional phase of the Respiratory Therapy major must meet the following criteria:

  1. Full acceptance into the University
  2. Completion of all math and science prerequisites with a grade of C (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) or better (C- is not admissible). 
    • The minimum math and science pre-requisites for the respiratory therapy professional phase include the following courses:

      BIO 128 Anatomy & Physiology I (3 credits)
      BIO 129 Anatomy & Physiology II (3 credits)
      BIO 127   Anatomy Lab (1 credit)
      MAT 105 OR
      MAT 108



      (3 credits)
      CLS 121 Introduction to Hospital Science or Medical Terminology   (2-3 credits)
      CHE 105 Intro to General, Organic, and Bio-chemistry*     (3 credits)
      PHY 130 Physics for allied health* (3 credits)

    • *Upper level courses may also fulfill the required math and science pre-requisites and will be evaluated for acceptance by the program director.

  3. An overall G.P.A. of 2.7 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  4. A record free of patterns of negative behavior
  5. Acceptable medical and dental examinations that support a student's ability to perform tasks required of the respiratory therapy profession. Physical requirements are necessary to meet minimum qualifications in order to participate in clinical courses and professional practice.  Some areas of physical requirements include sensory, communication, mobility and motor abilities. 
    • The Respiratory Therapy Student must possess appropriate strength, motor coordination and manual dexterity to be able to perform tasks such as:
      • Stand and walk for up to 90% of work time
      • Bend and kneel to competently perform CPR
      • Climb stairs when necessary
      • Lift up to 45 pounds and carry up to 25 pounds
      • Push and pull heavy objects on wheels such as compressed gas cylinders and ventilators
      • Use of hands and fingers 100% of the time for such duties as palpation, percussion and auscultation of patients, assembling and disassembling equipment, and manipulating controls on machines
      • Document communication in charts, reports and other forms of correspondence through the use of legible handwriting
    • The student must be able to communicate verbally in an effective manner to explain procedures and direct patients during these procedures
    • The student must be able to hear, understand, and react quickly to verbal instructions, patient's needs and requests of others. The students must be able to hear alarms on equipment and monitors.
    • The student must have near vision acuity to read charts, observe patients, dispense medications, read machine controls, and patient monitors. The ability to read LED's is needed, as is the ability to see in dim light. Students must also be able to distinguish between various colors such as red, blue, green, yellow, orange, navy, black, purple, pink, grey and various shades of each color.
    • The student must demonstrate proper critical thinking, and behaviors. Impaired thinking constitutes a risk to patient safety. Impaired thinking is evidenced by an inability to make appropriate judgments and carry out respiratory care functions in relation to the delivery of patient care. Impaired thinking may be the result of fatigue, anxiety, sleep deprivation, medication use, illegal drug use, alcohol use, etc. 
    • The student must be emotionally well.  The student should be able to concentrate, have effective stress management, and positive mental health status.
  6. All students must obtain an application from the respiratory therapy faculty and submit the completed application prior to scheduling any RET level courses.
    • After application, students will be notified in writing of their acceptance or denial into the professional program.
      • Acceptance can be granted as full admission (favorable), conditional acceptance, or non-acceptance (non-favorable).
      • Students who are accepted under conditional acceptance will be required to fulfill all criteria deemed necessary by the program's faculty to continue within the program.  A student cannot obtain full acceptance if the required criteria is not completed.  (See progression in program)
  7. Proof of current medical insurance coverage

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