College of Health Sciences

Respiratory Therapy Program

Please Note: The Respiratory Therapy Program website will be updated once campus re-opens. The application will not change at this time and is still due May 1st.


The mission of the Dixie State University Respiratory Therapy Program is to provide comprehensive and integrated education of the highest quality in order to meet the needs of our students, potential employers, and the communities we serve.

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  • Provide comprehensive patient assessment and care using therapist-driven protocols and evidence-based medicine.
  • Demonstrate understanding and application of AARC code of ethics and professionalism including patient rights and HIPPA confidentiality.
  • Promote health and wellness through patient and family education and community outreach.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills when making patient bedside decisions.
  • Use oral and written communication skills in collaboration with other members of the health care team.


  • Critical Thinking: To foster critical thinking in the classroom and the clinical setting.
  • Teamwork: To begin teamwork in the classroom that will carry over to the clinical sites and future employment.
  • Personal Responsibility: All students will take responsibility for all assignments, paperwork, and actions performed in the classroom and at the clinical sites. There is an expectation that all students will have a good attitude when representing Dixie State University.
  • Maintain a Dynamic Learning Environment: Faculty will stay abreast of current respiratory practice, procedures, and research to assure that students will be able to pass national exams and be clinically competent.


Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations under the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Upon passing these examinations they become credentialed as Certified or Registered Respiratory Therapists (CRT or RRT). These credentials allow therapists to become licensed to practice respiratory care in Utah by contacting the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL). Candidates may also be licensed in any state throughout the USA and in Canada.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Phone: 817-283-2835


1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021

The Dixie State University Respiratory Therapy Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC; #200545).


Debbie Forbush

Program Director


Phone: 435-879-4961

Office: Taylor 255

Rachel Stewart



Phone: 435-652-7695

Office: Human Performance Center #321

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant


Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207

Respiratory Therapy Program

Office: Dixie State University
225 S. University Avenue
St. George, UT 84770