Respiratory Therapy

Prospective Students

What do respiratory therapists do?

Respiratory therapists provide the hands-on care that helps people recover from a wide range of medical conditions. Therapists get to know their patients, and their patients’ families, and have the opportunity to help them through trying times. Whenever breathing is an issue, they are there.

Respiratory therapists provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems. The care they provide includes administration of oxygen, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, management of mechanical ventilators, administering drugs to the lungs, monitoring cardiopulmonary systems, and measuring lung function.

Respiratory therapists treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people with lung disease. They fulfill a vital role that saves and improves lives.

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Description of Degree

The nationally accredited Respiratory Therapy program at Dixie State University is an admission-limited, two-year course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Academic Catalog

Course of Study

The two-year, four-semester program course of study combines classroom lectures and discussions, laboratory demonstrations with hands-on practice, and supervised clinical experiences in actual patient care settings to provide students with a variety of learning opportunities.

Graduation Plan

Program Costs

Students should be aware that the Respiratory Therapy program tuition students are charged is based on the base price of either resident or non-resident DSU tuition plus a $65.00 per credit tuition differential.

Tuition & Fees
Respiratory Therapy, BS: The Fine Print
Admission Requirements
  • To be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program, an applicant must first be accepted as a Dixie State University student. Then, the applicant must complete a separate application to the this program.
    • Everything one needs to know about applying to DSU can be found on the Admissions website.
  • The Respiratory Therapy program is admission-limited meaning that, through a competitive application process, one cohort of 12-16 students is admitted to the program per year. The start date for the program is the first day of classes of the DSU fall semester.
  • Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program is based upon academic performance in both general education and specific program prerequisite courses, in addition to other selection criteria, including:
    • Submission of a complete program application on or before the deadline
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher
    • Completion of specified program prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better
    • Individual interview with the Respiratory Therapy Program Selection Committee
  • Additional factors that will be taken into consideration for program admission include previous health care experience and weighted GPA in specific prerequisite courses.

 

Program Prerequisites

Program Schedules

Class Schedule

  • Classes are taught at the Russell C. Taylor Health Science Center building of the Dixie State University campus. Specific class schedules will vary each semester; here is the current program schedule, by semester.
    • 1st Semester
      • Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    • 2nd & 3rd Semesters
      • Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
      • One 12-hour clinical shift per week
    • 4th Semester
      • Monday and Thursday, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
      • One 12-hour clinical shift per week

Clinical Schedule

  • Clinical courses are taught at Dixie Regional Medical Center (St. George), Valley View Medical Center (Cedar City), and selected home care/durable medical equipment services and sleep labs in the St. George area.
    • The program also affiliates with the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics; students have the opportunity to complete some of their clinical experiences at the University of Utah.
  • Students are required to complete a total of 720 hours of clinicals during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters.
Compliance Requirements

Students taking this program of study are required to meet certain health and safety standards. The following requirements are mandatory and must be completed by deadlines given upon program admission.

Screenings:

  • Background check
  • Drug screen
  • Tuberculosis (TB): Either of the following TB tests performed within the past 12 months is acceptable:
    • Blood test (QuantiFERON Gold or T-SPOT.TB) with negative result
    • Proof of two separate TB skin tests (administered at least 7 days apart and within 1-3 weeks of each other), both with negative result

Immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B: Proof of 3 vaccinations and a positive antibody titer (showing immunity/reactivity) demonstrated by a lab report
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
  • TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis): Proof of 1 vaccination administered within the past 10 years
  • Varicella (chicken pox): Proof of 2 vaccinations or a positive antibody titer (showing immunity) demonstrated by a lab report
  • Influenza (seasonal flu): Proof of flu vaccine administered during the current flu season (September – March)

Certifications:

  • Current Basic Life Support CPR & AED Training for Healthcare Professionals
    • A BLS (Basic Life Support) certification course must have been completed prior to the student’s entry into the program and must be Healthcare Provider status.
    • The course must have a “hands-on” component and must include AED.
    • Certification must remain current for the duration of the program.

College of Health Sciences Fit for Study Procedures

Technical Standards

The Respiratory Therapy program complies with all Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Dixie State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission and access to academic programs, services or employment.

In keeping with the accreditation standards outlined by CoARC, all students must possess the physical and emotional abilities required of a respiratory therapist.

Respiratory Therapy Technical Standards

Contact

Jessica Robinson

Program Director

Email: robinsonj@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4962

Office: Taylor 255

Rachel Stewart

Academic Advisor

Email: Rachel.Stewart@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7695

Office: HPC 339

Kathryn Preiss

Administrative Assistant

Email: Kathryn.Preiss@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4820

Office: Taylor 207/HPC 322