christine gluvna
Program Director, Respiratory Therapy, Assistant Professor
Hirt 201B

Ms. Gluvna has more than 17 years of experience in respiratory therapy and has served in RT education for more than 12 years as both a clinical preceptor and professor. She continues to practice clinically in the long-term acute care setting and has earned her Adult Critical Care Specialist (ACCS) credential. Christine has also served the profession as both the Education Committee Chair and West District Director of the Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care (PSRC).


  • Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, Mercyhurst University, 2017
  • Bachelor of Science, Respiratory Care, Gannon University, 2006 
  • Associate of Science, Respiratory Care, Gannon University, 2005 

Teaching Interests

  • Ms. Gluvna has taught across the respiratory therapy curriculum during her time at Mercyhurst University.  Specifically, she enjoys teaching courses related to adult critical care and management of critically ill patients.  In addition, she teaches SCI courses for the REACH curriculum that are designed to introduce students to varied aspects related to the healthcare system. She is also a certified Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor with the American Heart Association. 

Courses Taught

  • RES 101: Introduction to Respiratory Therapy
  • RES 110: Respiratory Therapy I
  • RES 120: Respiratory Therapy II
  • RES 121: Respiratory Care Equipment II
  • RES 122: Respiratory Pharmacology
  • RES 201: Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care
  • SCI 102: Basic Life Support
  • SCI 200: Topics in Healthcare

Professional Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Society for Respiratory Care (PSRC)

Awards and Recognitions

  • UPMC Hamot “Recruit of the Year”, 2007