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What is Respiratory Care?

Respiratory Care is a health care specialty that offers a set of unique challenges in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of people with lung problems.  This specialty is utilized not only in the hospital setting, but also in home care situations, skilled nursing facilities, medical sales and health education. Respiratory Care provides students with a special opportunity by blending advanced technology with patient care. 



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What can I do with a Respiratory Care degree?

The employment outlook for Respiratory Therapists is very promising due to an ever increasing aged population, and the profession's continued expansion into various speciality fields.  After receiving an Associates Degree in Respiratory Care, students also have the opportunity continue their education, at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare.



What kind of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Respiratory Care courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Respiratory Care course descriptions, click here.

INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE TECHNIQUES 1 
This course introduces the student to medical terminology, basic patient care, vital signs assessment, and patient communication. An introductory clinical tour is included during this course. In addition, gas laws as they apply to pulmonary physiology and medical gas therapy will be covered.

RESPIRATORY PATHOLOGY 
This course examines the etiology and treatment of specific pulmonary diseases and other disease conditions that adversely affect the cardiopulmonary system. Topics include restrictive and obstructive pulmonary diseases, pulmonary infections, neoplasms, emboli, pediatric and neonatal pulmonary conditions, chest wall diseases and thoracic trauma, and adult respiratory distress syndrome. Also included are basic chest x-ray interpretation, radiation safety, and physical examination and assessment of the chest.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM 1 
This hospital-based activity allows for supervised student practice of basic respiratory care therapeutics, electrocardiography, arterial blood gases, and home care.



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Respiratory Care Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Respiratory Care Program, and the world of Respiratory Care as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Respiratory Care Homepage

Degree Requirements (.pdf)

Respiratory Care Clinical Sites

American Association of Respiratory Care



Meet our Respiratory Care Faculty

 

Lance Bistransky

Office Location: 227 Krebs Hall

Phone: 814-269-2952

E-mail: lmb124@pitt.edu


 

Bruce Colbert (University of Pittsburgh)  

Office Location: 227 Krebs Hall  

Phone: 814-269-2958  

E-mail: bcolbert@pitt.edu  


 

 Terry Price (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown)

 Office Location: 224 Krebs Hall

 Phone: 814-269-2959

 E-mail: tdprice@pitt.edu




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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012