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Director of Clinical Education


The Director of Clinical Education provides creative and effective leadership and is responsible for planning the clinical education component of the Associate in Science Respiratory Therapist Program. In doing so, the Director develops the Fieldwork schedule and oversees all the clinical education aspects of the program. The Director considers and incorporates trends in the Respiratory Therapy and education fields, and confers with faculty and respiratory therapy personnel to coordinate students' classroom and clinical education. The Director serves as a liaison between the College and affiliating clinical agencies. Oversees maintenance of required documentation and prepares various reports on the program activities for Program Director, administration and regulatory agency review. Collaborates and participates in organizational activities. The Director of Clinical Education demonstrates effective teaching in the classroom and clinical instruction.



  1. Plans, organizes and controls the activities of the Respiratory Therapist program's clinical education experiences by collaborating with course faculty and field experience  providers.
  2. Communicates with college faculty concerning content and scheduling of field experience.
  3. Systematically directs the ongoing study, review, evaluation, and revision of all aspects of the Respiratory Therapist Program clinical education experience in accordance with the Pennsylvania State Board of Respiratory Therapy, accrediting bodies and current trends in the field.
  4. Practices responsible stewardship of human and financial resources in the planning and administration of the Respiratory Therapist Program's clinical education experiences.
  5. Abides by the Faculty Duties and Responsibilities noted in the Mercyhurst University Faculty Handbook.
  6. Assures that necessary requirements and standards for the Respiratory Therapist Program's clinical education experience complies with governmental, regulatory and accreditation agencies standards.
  1. Monitors students' progress during assigned fieldwork experiences.
  2. Meets with students and interested parties as necessary to resolve problems and foster positive relationships with agencies providing fieldwork experiences.
  3. Develops and maintains cooperative working relationships within the University and with the affiliating agencies in order to gather and exchange information, develop and implement solutions to problems, and improve the clinical learning experiences.
  4. Collaborates with the college bookstore representative and coordinates library requests.
  5. Participates in University committees.
  6. Prepares and submits a variety of special and recurring reports and statistics to inform the program director, administration and appropriate outside agencies of the Respiratory Therapist Program's performance.
  7. Maintains appropriate professional and community contacts. This may include serving on various advisory boards, and local, state, or national committees to promote the University's mission and the image of the Respiratory Therapist Program.
  8. Develops knowledge of current trends in health care and respiratory therapy education by reading and attending related seminars and conferences.
  9. Demonstrates continuous improvement philosophy and seeks to improve processes within the department and university by effective participation in committees of the Respiratory Therapist Program, university, and community.
  10. Demonstrates expertise in teaching within the respiratory therapy courses.



  1. Active Pennsylvania Respiratory Therapy Licensure
  2. Valid Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential
  3. Bachelor’s Degree Required; Master’s Degree Preferred
  4. Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care.
  5. Minimum of two years’ experience teaching in an accredited respiratory care program either as an appointed faculty member or as a clinical preceptor.
  6. Interpersonal skills necessary for effective collaboration with faculty, staff, students, university administration, affiliating agencies and the community.
  7. Analytical skills necessary to assist in the development of sound budgets and policies and the evaluation of all aspects of the Respiratory Therapist program.
  8. Certification in CPR

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

CLASSIFICATION:  12 Month Faculty


Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States.


Qualified candidates can submit their resume/application to:

Mercyhurst University

Attn: Human Resources

501 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16546



Mercyhurst is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that encourages members of diverse groups to apply.