Respiratory Therapy Program Director of Clinical Education

Description of Job

The Respiratory Therapy Program Director of Clinical Education (DCE) assists in the development of this new program, including identifying clinical sites, forming partnerships with community colleges, and developing course curriculum. Once the program is launched, the successful candidate will provide clinical direction of the program in accordance with fulfilling the requirements for CoARC accreditation, and provide didactic and clinical instruction. The DCE will provide input into developing the budget for the program and interacting with the program Advisory Committee.

Serving as one of Edgewood College’s representatives in the affiliation agreement with University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health), the position requires a high level of organizational and communication skills for interaction with respiratory care practitioners, nurses, physicians, faculty, administrators, prospective students, and the general public.


Develops and plans academic curriculum

  • Designs, implements, and administers all aspects of the educational program for students enrolled in the Respiratory Care Program.
  • Formulates, implements, and administers all policy, procedures, and documentation for acquiring and maintaining accreditation in line with the affiliation agreement with UW Health and with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
  • Maintains educational records for the program in conformance with state and federal requirements.
  • Conducts on-going assessments of educational programming, including reviewing and evaluating new teaching materials.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of teaching by reviewing graduate performance.

Develops and maintains relationships with various departments and parties associated with the affiliation

  • Evaluates effectiveness of clinical training from employer and recent graduate surveys, clinical competency tests, student evaluations, etc.
  • Maintains the schedule of regular visits to all clinical affiliates/clinical education centers.
  • Works closely with the UW Health Respiratory Care Education Specialists and Student Liaison to coordinate student clinical rotations and clinical exposure sufficient to facilitate achievement of program goals.
  • Secures written agreements of relationships with clinical sites, and evaluates suitability for future clinical sites.
  • Demonstrates excellent supervisory, administrative, communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Participates in Advisory Committee meetings.

Supervises students in the program

  • Participates in recruitment of students for the Respiratory Care Program.
  • Participates in student selection, including screening of applicants, interviews, qualitative and quantitative analysis of applicants, and decision making in the selection of students for enrollment.
  • Provides individual tutoring to students when needed.
  • Ensures students are well prepared for the NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist exam.

Conducts formal lectures, laboratory demonstrations, review classes, and examinations

  • Teaches or is able to teach all courses in the curriculum, including: oral and written communication, anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical terminology, ethics, legal issues, quality assurance, and computer applications.
  • Provides suggestions of new textbooks and selects new journal articles to update lecture content.
  • Prepares detailed written handouts for each lecture.
  • Prepares audiovisual materials for each lecture.
  • Acts as a substitute instructor when needed.
  • Maintains proficiency in new technologies, procedures, and instructional methodology related to respiratory care.

Engages in continuing education activities

  • Maintains and updates clinical skills by performing and observing respiratory therapy skills with students in the clinical setting.
  • Maintains competency for UW Health and completing all UW competencies and education for members of the Respiratory Care Department.
  • Participates in contributing new knowledge to the field of respiratory care through participation in continuing medical education opportunities.
  • Interacts with community groups, local school districts and business and industry regarding their specific training needs.

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Master degree in Respiratory Care, Healthcare, or Education-related field, preferred.
  • Minimum of four (4) years full-time experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist, with at least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care.
  • Minimum of two (2) years teaching in an accredited respiratory care program, either as an appointed faculty member or clinical preceptor.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) required, with RRT-NPS and RRT-ACCS credentials strongly preferred.
  • Valid Wisconsin license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner required.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to maintain and utilize specialized respiratory equipment and procedures such as ventilators, medical gases and therapeutic interventions.
  • Ability to perform and instruct on a variety of daily tasks associated Respiratory Therapy
  • Ability to assess student performance in the clinical setting.
  • Ability to explain complex concepts involving anatomy, physiology and pathology.
  • Ability to organize, coordinate, and integrate academic and clinical lab exercises.
  • Ability to supervise and motivate students and Respiratory Therapy faculty.
  • Ability to teach to a variety of learners and abilities
  • Ability to evaluate all educational outcomes as stated by CoARC and to develop successful action plans to address any area that falls below specified thresholds.
  • Ability to communicate with persons of all educational backgrounds.
  • Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels.

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

To apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Edgewood College
Human Resources - DRCE
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer