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Faculty, Student, Alumni Recognition

Faculty Recognition

The Department of Respiratory Care is excited to announce it has been designated a NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training Center. The inaugural course was held on May 16th and 17th, 2023 for 8 attendees. After more than one year of preparation, we have become only the second NIOSH-Approved Spirometry Training Center in the State of Texas and only 1 of 34 in the United States. The NIOSH Spirometry Training Course aims to ensure that healthcare professionals and technicians who administer spirometry tests are professionally trained and competent in conducting the tests accurately and consistently. The course covers an overview of spirometry, test preparation, performing tests, quality assurance and control, common errors and technical issues, and test interpretation. NIOSH-approved spirometry training is required by Federal Law for individuals performing spirometry testing on workers exposed to cotton, coal, and silica dusts. By completing a NIOSH Spirometry Training Course, participants gain the necessary knowledge and skills to perform spirometry tests accurately, ensuring reliable results and improving the quality of health assessments. 

NIOSH Course

This first course was a complete success, and all "students" passed their practicum and written exams. The attendees included 5 respiratory therapists,1 nurse practitioner, 1 RN, and 1 physician. Spirometry Training Courses provide comprehensive training to individuals who perform spirometry testing in occupational and healthcare settings. All healthcare professionals who perform or interpret spirometry are eligible and encouraged to take a NIOSH-approved spirometry training course. Course participants receive a solid foundation in spirometry testing and how to collect accurate and valid testing results. Dr. Kevin Collins serves as the Course Director and Dr. Chris Russian serves as a Faculty Instructor for the program. We hope to offer a total of three spirometry courses a year. Visit our Department of Respiratory Care NIOSH Spirometry Training Course page and the CDC NIOSH Spirometry Training Program page for more information.


MSRC Student Recognition

Shamin Benny, MSRC Student

Congratulations to our MSRC student, Shamin Benny!  She was featured in the Celebrating Online Graduate Students for Graduate Student Appreciation Week. The recognition is on the unique experiences of online students with an emphasis on the importance of fostering a supportive online community amidst the increasing prevalence of virtual education. Graduate Student Appreciation Week at TXST highlights the invaluable contributions of graduate and professional students, like Shamin.  Way to go, Shamin. We are proud to call you a Texas State MSRC student! 

Read her story here!


Student Recognition

Congratulations to our Junior BSRC student, Emily Rushing!  She was featured in the Humble ISD Athletic Training Program presentation to the Humble ISD School Board on how being in the athletic training program helped her decide to pursue a career in the medical field and why she chose to become an RT. Way to go Emily, we are proud to have you!

Watch the video here!




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Alumni Giving

The Department of Respiratory Care is grateful for the financial support it receives from alumni, faculty, staff, parents, foundations, hospitals, and businesses.  Because of the resources provided by their many gifts over the years, the department has been able to provide scholarships to our students on an annual basis. Donations can be designated to the RC specific scholarships or to a University scholarship. Please contact University Advancement for instructions and ways to give.