Program Facts

  • GU Respiratory Care Facts

    • On the national board exams, Gannon’s respiratory care graduates boast pass rates above the national average.
    • Gannon respiratory care students have the unique option of pursuing either a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree.
    • Clinical rotations give students direct, supervised practice with a 5:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Students in this program have more than 800 hours of clinical practice, which is greater than most other national programs.
    • Gannon respiratory care graduates enjoy 100 percent job placement.

    Major Facts

    • Respiratory care is one of the fastest growing professions in the country, driven by the aging “baby boomers” and a rise in respiratory ailments and cardiopulmonary diseases.
    • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a faster than average increase in demand for respiratory therapists of 18-26 percent through 2018. SALARY – The median annual earnings of respiratory therapists is $52,000.

    About the Program

    • The program received its last full 10-year re-accreditation in March of 2012 from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC, www.coarc.com).
    • Professors in the respiratory care program are dynamic, experienced scholars who are student focused. Program faculty bring a wealth of diversity and experience in the field of respiratory care to the program.
    • Students in the program become members of the Gannon University Student Respiratory Care Society (GUSRCS). This organization provides opportunities for students to become involved in community service and allows them to participate in such activities as asthma camps, health fairs, smoking cessation and CPR instruction.
    • The program added a polysomnography option available to graduates of a CoARC accredited associate or bachelors degree program. The Polysomnography option just received its initial accreditation from CoARC (www.coarc.com).