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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Cardiorespiratory Care
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Mission Statement

The Department of Cardiorespiratory Care strives toward fresh approaches to courses in the program. Emphasis is placed on producing graduates to function as professionals in various venues wherein the practice of respiratory therapy occurs. The Department strives to broaden the scope of practice by teaching students certain components of cardiovascular technology.

The Department encourages and challenges students to develop critical-thinking and decision-making to improve their marketability and job security. First and foremost, however, the Department fosters these skills to improve patient care.

The Department attempts to create an atmosphere wherein faculty can achieve their potential as scholars and teachers. The faculty are encouraged to mold future direction of the Department in response to changes occurring in health care delivery.


David Chang, EdD, RRT - (Bio)

The profession of respiratory therapy is expected to grow in the next decade and beyond. This growth is the result of the aging population, retirement of senior respiratory therapists, and increase of the types and severity of cardiopulmonary diseases. The amount of information and knowledge in respiratory therapy is also expected to grow along with the career opportunities. As a faculty of the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care, my primary role of teaching is not to simply provide information because up-to-date information is available online virtually at the fingertips of all students. My role is to help students develop problem-solving skills - a much needed asset in patient care settings.

With a few exceptions, current college students consist of Generation Y individuals (born after 1982). These students have unique personal characteristics and learning styles. My focus of teaching technique is somewhat tailored to these variables. Of course, to become successful as a health care professional, students of any generation must be motivated to learn by attending classes and clinical, reading books and journals, completing workbooks and assignments, composing logical papers, calculating clinical parameters, and identifying and solving problems. As always, I stand ready to share my experience with each of my students for the purpose of developing an exciting and productive career in respiratory therapy.


Jennifer McDaniel, BS, RRT, NPS - (Bio)

I am excited and thrilled that I was asked to join the faculty of the Cardiorespiratory Department three years ago.  I am a graduate of the program and have been working in the neonatal intensive care unit at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital since 2002.  Having this opportunity gives me a chance to let students see the neonatal/pediatric side of respiratory care and how beneficial this experience is.

I encourage prospective students to tour the department and hospitals to see what amazing opportunities a career in Cardiorespiratory Care has.


Timothy Op't Holt, EdD, RRT, AE-C, FAARC, Professor - (Bio)

Students interested in a career in respiratory therapy should apply to this program because the program faculty are among the best in the country, and because our program provides a very broad opportunity within and outside respiratory therapy. The faculty have a combined experience of well over 100 years - providing a depth and breadth of material in basic science, intensive respiratory care, neonatal respiratory care and cardiac care unheard of in many other programs.

Graduates of our program are prepared to practice in respiratory therapy and cardiovascular technology. Graduates may use their baccalaureate degree in Cardiorespiratory Sciences to gain entry into physician assistant studies, medical or graduate school, business, or education if they choose.

As one of the faculty members, I am committed to the profession, the program and the students. When my students are doing well, it is a positive reflection on me, so I have every reason to work for and with my students to assure their success. My goal is to be a role model for the graduates of the program so they too will enjoy the fruits of their labor and their status in this growing and prospering profession.


William Pruitt, MBA, RRT, AE-C, CPFT, Senior Instructor - (Bio)

I believe that students who are interested in a career in respiratory therapy can get an excellent, well-rounded, practical, and enduring education experience in this field by attending the bachelor’s degree program in Cardiorespiratory Care Sciences at the University of South Alabama. The faculty have broad yet deep experience in all aspects of the field and are recognized nationally as leaders in the academic realm.

The resulting depth of education and clinical experiences offered to the student carries a real impact when the student leaves the college life and launches into the health care work force. Students from previous classes have proved themselves to be valuable, successful, flexible, and well-prepared in the workplace. Several graduates have applied themselves to educational goals beyond respiratory therapy and are now managing hospital, operating home health businesses, practicing as physicians and physician assistants, or teaching in respiratory therapy programs.

I believe that respiratory therapists make a difference by having a caring compassionate approach, while working with patients who are on sophisticated life-support machines and monitors. Our students learn how to handle emergencies along with routine care, prioritize and organize their clinical assignments, perform research activities, work with patients of all ages, create a resume, and function as part of today’s healthcare team.


William Wojciechowski, MS, RRT, Chairman and Associate Professor - (Bio)

I am as excited about this program today as I was 33 years ago when I arrived here to start this program. I am genuinely excited about the profession of respiratory therapy itself. The profession offers numerous rewards and challenges.

What excites me about our baccalaureate degree program is how our faculty and clinical affiliates help our graduates reap the rewards and meet the challenges of respiratory therapy.

Employers from around the United States seek our graduates. This high degree of marketability helps our graduates achieve their academic and career goals. We are proud to have such sought-after graduates.


University of South Alabama Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Department of Cardiorespiratory Care