Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Healthcare Administration

Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Healthcare Administration

The University Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Healthcare Administration Department provides both academic and clinical coursework to prepare students to provide health care services in a variety of settings. Small class sizes promote close faculty/student relationships and provide optimal learning advantages. Nursing forms a major component of the health care provided within society and is a challenging, rewarding, in-demand career. Respiratory Therapy is an allied health specialty that concentrates on the treatment, management, control, and care of patients’ breathing. The Master of Healthcare Administration (MSHA) program provides graduate education in healthcare administration for persons seeking careers in the management and administration of health care organizations and facilities.

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Marywood University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Commision of Accreditation for Respiratory Care

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

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About The Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Healthcare Administration Department

Consistent with the mission of Marywood University, the baccalaureate program in nursing calls upon students to seek their full potential and invites all to engage in a lifelong process of learning. The program prepares the graduate to be a lifelong learner who is competent in using nursing knowledge and skills to carry out the professional responsibilities of a beginning nurse in a variety of settings. Graduates will demonstrate those values, attitudes, and personal qualities that reflect a commitment to an understanding of persons as God-created, culturally and socially diverse, unique bio-psycho-social spiritual beings.

The Respiratory Therapy program at Marywood University is committed to building in our students, the confidence of knowledge, skills and effective patient care in preparation for their lives in the field of respiratory therapy. Program objectives include:

  1. To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists.
  2. To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory therapy care by including curricular content that includes objectives related to acquisition of skills in one or more of the following: management, education, research, or advanced clinical practice.

The MSHA program provides graduate education in health care administration for persons seeking careers in the management and administration of health care facilities/organizations and other healthcare settings. This degree also provides opportunities for individuals in health services to seek career improvement and development. The MHSA provides health care managers with a framework for decision-making in the constantly changing health care environment. At the same time, the degree provides a background of operational resources for managers in the field. This program course will enhance the administrative training of students concerned with the provision of health care and the current health care reform. Students’ needs and goals are met, bringing the application of management skills from a theoretical model. This degree will be a step in meeting the needs of those professionals currently practicing and also will prepare the health service administrators of tomorrow.

Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Healthcare Administration Faculty

Tulaney, Dr. Theresa
Beddoe, Candace L
Bednarski, Allison A
Chacko, Kristin M
Ciesielski, Dr. April Lynn
Dalton, Sarah L
Doran, Ayana
Durkin, Melissa M
Falkowski, Patricia A
Fields, Rebecca Frances
Gavin, James D
Glaser, Tracy A
Gosselin, Diane
Grubham, Elizabeth
Guzenski, Wendy Marie
Harvey, Nadine Marie
Hogan, Kevin
Holod, Danielle A
Kaspriskie, Christy L
Lavelle, Mary Joan
Maida, Lisa M
Metz, George C
Mroczka, Janine
Notari, Janel M
Pajalich, Dr. LoriAnn F
Paris, Dannielle M
Powell, Katrina
Reyes, Monique Bella
Rogan, Emily M
Santarsiero, Desirae A
Savage, Karen C
Stephens, Savannah Marie
Vinton, Jonelle M
Ward, Amanda Danielle
Wascavage, Paul
Wescott, Amy-Jo

The Nursing Skills Lab in the Center for Natural and Health Sciences is equipped with patient simulators, Turning Point technology, and patient mannequins that afford students the opportunity to practice a range of nursing skills. This simulation lab offers students an environment to apply knowledge in a safe setting, fostering critical thinking. The simulators are programmed to respond physiologically to diseases, trauma, and interactions as human beings. Realistic patient scenarios can be simulated in a controlled environment in which students can practice the nursing process, critical thinking, and decision making.

The Nursing Department utilizes various healthcare facilities that include acute and critical care, pediatric, obstetrics, long term care, psychiatric and mental health, and community care settings. These facilities serve populations of culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds, offering the students exposure to a microcosm of the larger global community in which they will practice after graduation.

The Respiratory Therapy Program is located in the O’Neill Center for Healthy Families. It has a spacious lab with equipment that will be seen in the clinical setting. Students simulate many therapies and use different types of equipment to build confidence before going into the clinical setting. All students are required to achieve competence in the lab in a controlled environment before going out to the clinical sites with patients. Students perform real simulation situations and activities in the lab, so they will have an understanding of therapeutic concepts and how they are applied in real patient care settings. Students are well prepared to treat patients as they begin the clinical portion of the program.

LPN-BSN Challenge Tests

Marywood University has been named a College of Distinction 2021-2022, earning special recognition for the Nursing Program. Our school excels at having students graduate and enter the workforce with versatile skills. 

Sigma Phi Omega

Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology, was established in 1980 to recognize excellence of those who study gerontology and aging and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons. The formation of a society provides a much needed link between educators, practitioners, and administrators in various settings where older persons are served.

Student Nurses Association of Marywood (SNAM)

Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Gamma Chapter

Sigma Phi Omega


Learn more about nursing student responsibilities, special fees, student rights, and more. 

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Respiratory Therapy

Requirements for All Respiratory Therapy Students

The following must be completed after a respiratory therapy student has been selected for, but prior to their start in the clinical portion of the program and are also requirements for continuation:

  • Physical examination and required immunizations
  • Background checks (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI fingerprint check, and PA State Police Criminal Record Check)
  • Drug and alcohol screens

The student should consider these factors before enrolling in this program. If the student has any questions regarding this, he or she should contact the program director.

In addition to tuition and fees, students must purchase uniforms, supplies, liability insurance, testing, and clinical parking fees. Students will be assigned computer simulations that will be completed throughout the program. This will prepare students to sit for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams when they have graduated.

Students will also be required to help within the community and gain knowledge outside of the classroom setting by acquiring Professional Development credits. These outside credits could include volunteering at American Lung Association events, attending informational sessions within the community that teach different types of cardio pulmonary disorders and diseases

Acquiring Core Skills
In addition to the clinical skills that students will learn as part of their curriculum, the Respiratory Therapy Program incorporates core skills training into the program that will benefit all Respiratory Therapy students in their careers.

  1. Writing in the Profession
    Students will demonstrate the ability to write effectively in the profession. Elements include the ability to organize an argument, support the argument with high quality relevant evidence, deliver it with good sentence structure and grammar, and cite and reference appropriately.
  2. Oral Communication/Consultative Function/Knowledge
    Students will deliver a consultative presentation with recommendations that reflect the knowledge gained through courses in this program.
  3. Critical Inquiry/Evidence-based Medicine
    Students will demonstrate the ability to formulate a clinical question, search the medical literature, and assess the collected literature for quality, relevance and limitations.
  4. Teamwork/Interprofessional Cooperation
    Students will demonstrate collaboration in interprofessional teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. Ethical Leadership
    Students will demonstrate effectively the ability to lead a group of professionals in an ethical manner promoting patient advocacy.
  6. Teaching Patients and Healthcare Professionals
    Students will demonstrate the ability to educate patients, their families, and healthcare professionals.

Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements include current Certification in American Heart Association BLS (CPR), American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification, professional development credits, and satisfactory performance on comprehensive written, laboratory, simulation, and oral exit examinations.

Membership in the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is required by the start of the second semester of the clinical portion of Respiratory Therapist program.


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