Director of Respiratory Care, Michael Mehall assists a student with the Anatomage Table


The Anatomage Table


from the Fall 2015 issue of Carlow University Magazine

An average person breathes approximately 28,800 times per day, often without noticing. For someone who suffers from asthma, emphysema, or countless other cardiopulmonary disorders, each breath can be a struggle that drastically impairs the ability to complete everyday tasks. 

Respiratory illnesses are more common today, as the nation's middle-aged and elderly populations continue to expand.
It's no surprise, then, that the demand for highly educated respiratory therapists is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2022, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 19 percent, faster than the average for all other occupations.

To meet that demand, Carlow University launched a new Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care (BSRC) this fall, one of just 60 such programs in the country. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

The program is the first in the country to integrate an Anatomage virtual dissection table into some of its respiratory care courses. The Anatomage table is the only instrument that displays true gross human anatomy in real-life size. Utilization of the device integrates medical imaging data and 3D interactive human models to provide students with the most accurate anatomical representation of all body structures and organ systems.

The Anatomage table is located in Carlow's newly constructed respiratory care laboratory and simulation center, located on the second floor of the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology.
"Students in this program have the most technologically advanced tools to optimize educational outcomes and promote their smooth transitions into the workforce," said Michael Mehall, MEd, BSRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT, chair of the Respiratory Care program.

Carlow's comprehensive BSRC program will combine classroom lectures and hands-on laboratory training with a variety of clinical experiences that will prepare students to thrive as advanced level respiratory care practitioners. Graduates will be eligible to participate in the National Board of Respiratory Care Examinations.
"Students admitted to this program will be able to take advantage of the University's longstanding relationships with world-renowned health systems, while still working and learning with Carlow faculty," said Suzanne Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University
With their Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care, Carlow students will be able to work in a variety of settings, including neonatal/pediatric units, sleep laboratories, outpatient care centers, pulmonary function laboratories, and critical care units. Students can also pursue careers as hyperbaric oxygenation technicians, asthma educators, flight therapists, home care specialists, medical sales associates, and acute care clinicians.
"Carlow's BSRC program provides a dynamic, specialized, academic, and technical education that will prepare our students to be integral members of a health-care team," said Mehall.