The Respiratory Care program is a two-year course of study leading to the Associate in Science degree in Respiratory Care. The course work can also be done on a part-time basis. Clinical instruction and training is provided by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), School of Health Related Professions. Hours for clinical practice may vary and travel to the clinical setting is the responsibility of the student. Respiratory care therapists are employed in the treatment, management, control, evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities associated with the cardiopulmonary system.
Also note that a minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in first-year prerequisite courses in order to continue to the Respiratory Care (second year) course work.
The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate as a new clinician:
- effective communication and interpersonal skills consistent with professional and employer expectations for a Respiratory Care Therapist;
- the ability to comprehend, evaluate, and apply information relevant to their role as Respiratory Care Therapists;
- the psychomotor skills that are consistent with professional and employer expectations for a Respiratory Care Therapist;
- the ability to function as a member of the Health Care Delivery team, providing patient care in a multicultural and ethnically diverse society.