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The Department of Respiratory Care in the College of Health Sciences at Rush University in Chicago is dedicated to clinical and academic excellence in teaching, research, service and patient care. The Respiratory Care Program is designed to provide students with an outstanding education in preparation for a satisfying professional career as advanced respiratory care practitioners as well as to provide a foundation for leadership in education, research, clinical specialization, and management.
The respiratory care program involves motivation, curiosity, professional fulfillment and personal satisfaction. The work is both hard and rewarding. Interaction with faculty, therapists, physicians and nurses is essential, and is the key to the program. Students engage in seminars, intensive classes and laboratories, and clinical training in hospitals. The result is an outstanding education in respiratory care, but it is more than that. There is a sense of personal growth and a real commitment to serving people. 
The overall purpose of the program is to provide a high‑quality education that is relevant and professionally sound to meet the respiratory care leadership needs in the health care community. Inherent in this purpose is the goal to prepare respiratory therapists who can demonstrate the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to meet the changing needs in the community. 
It will be necessary for the respiratory therapist to cooperate with all members of the health care team in identifying and solving the problems that relate to respiratory diseases and disorders of the cardiopulmonary system. The respiratory therapist must be able to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate judgment and provide self‑direction. It is a primary objective of the program to educate well‑qualified, competent respiratory therapists who demonstrate leadership ability. 
As an academic medical center program, the Department of Respiratory Care must also make an appropriate contribution in the areas of research, service and patient care. With respect to research and scholarship, the department conducts and publishes original research studies, participates in the publication of textbooks and chapters, abstracts and invited presentations based on original research. Service activities include participation on local, state and national professional boards and committees, community service, university service activities and continuing education. Patient care is integral to departmental teaching, research and service activities.
The Department of Respiratory Care is dedicated to the mission, vision and values of the college, University, and Medical Center. 

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