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PROGRAM PROFILE: RESPIRATORY CARE ONLINE DEGREE COMPLETION

Started in 2007 as the first fully online program in the College of Health Sciences…

The online RRT to BS Degree Completion Program at Boise State University has served numerous Registered Respiratory Therapists over the years by bringing the classroom to them. The program is designed for the working professional and all courses are offered asynchronously to create the flexibility needed for students to succeed.

Respiratory Care is online and around the world!

Because of the solid reputation of the program, students from 49 states and 315 different colleges have requested information. In addition to national recognition, the program has gained an international reputation and often receives requests from other countries including Saudi Arabia, Japan, India, and Canada.

Lonny Ashworth teaching mechanical ventilation in Japan

Lonny Ashworth, MEd, RRT, FAARC Teaching mechanical ventilation in Japan to physicians, medical engineers, nurses and physical therapists.

The program admits around 45 students each year and currently has about 130 students actively enrolled. Since many of the students are transferring from other institutions, in order to improve the overall process the program has also established several articulation agreements with other colleges.

Experienced faculty are key to program success!

Together the six full-time and three adjunct faculty have over 130 years experience in respiratory care education which is just one of the many reasons that sets the Boise State RRT to BS program apart from others.

DON’T VENTURE INTO ONLINE LEARNING ALONE…BE SOCIAL!

Avoid feeling isolated or alone by connecting with others.

Look for opportunities to connect with your academic department or program through social networking sites like Facebook or online communities like LinkedIn or join the eCampus Student Support Facebook Group.

Find ways to connect with the University…

If you live close by, attend extracurricular activities or join a student club. The #BoiseState Social Media website provides easy ways to connect with a variety of services, offices, clubs, and organizations.

Connect to the course content by applying what you learn to real life situations by asking yourself…

  • Is there a way illustrate a point or concept from a past experience?
  • Is there something from a previous class that is relevant and helpful for your current class?
  • Connecting what you learn to your own experiences makes the time spent in class more relevant and lasting.

Connecting what you learn to your own experiences makes the time spent in class more relevant and lasting.

Get Social and Connect with eCampus!

BRONCO NATION WANTS YOU

Learning online can be challenging, and when you live a distance away from campus it can be easy to feel disconnected. Fight those feelings of isolation by getting involved and start making connections from day one. After all, as a student at Boise State you are vital part of what makes our thriving Bronco Nation so special.

What does it mean to be a Bronco? It means you are relentless, innovative, determined, unique, strong, tenacious, and adventurous. It means you are part of a community, a community that is passionate about their school and what it stands for. So whether you are 5 minutes or 500 miles away from Boise State, you can connect and show your pride in a variety of ways.

Join the conversation and B Social!

B SocialThere are a variety of social networks available at Boise State. So like, follow, comment, and get involved in the conversation; you’re sure to find a network for all your interests. Connect with your academic department to stay on top of deadlines and advising information. Need some motivation? Follow eCampus and receive valuable tips and guidance for staying engaged and successful while learning online. Are you a fan of athletics? You can find a network to stay on top of all things Bronco Sports on Facebook.

Boise State Alumni Association

Boise State AlumniThe opportunities from Boise State won’t end when you graduate. The Boise State Alumni Association provides graduates access to the Alumni and Friends Online Community and Alumni LinkedIn pages that can both be helpful for career networking. The university also offers a host of Career Services that can help you land your dream job.

If you already have a great job and are looking for social or volunteer opportunities, don’t forget that the Alumni Association has a Bronco Network in 17 different states. If you don’t have a Chapter or Contact in your area, you can always start your own Boise State tradition by volunteering to be a Bronco Contact.

Additional benefits and events are also offered for Alumni Association members, and recent graduates receive the discounted rate of $15 (normally $50) for an annual membership, or go even bigger and become a lifetime member for $350 (normally $600).

Bronco Fan Friday

Bronco Athletics

Last but certainly not least, every Friday is Bronco Fan Friday! No matter where you are you can always connect to Boise State with a little blue and orange. Broncos are proud of their colors, so show your pride and let everyone know you are part of the one and only Bronco Nation.

NEED SUPPORT? WE GOT YOU COVERED!

As a student at Boise State, you have a number of FREE tutoring and academic success resources available to you.

Tutoring Services

Academic Support Math, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Physics, Spanish, Writing — these are just a few of the subjects with tutors available at no additional cost to students.

Need help but can’t make it to campus? We got you covered! Tap into tutors 24/7 online with our eTutoring service.

Having access to academic tutors is only half of the equation. What you bring to the table is just as important. Here are a few tips for getting the most of out of your tutoring sessions:

Be Proactive

Don’t wait until the last minute to get help, it will only cause frustration and stress. Instead, seek regular assistance throughout the semester; make it a regular part of your study routine.

Be Prepared

Have all your supplies such as your textbook, homework, and syllabus ready to go. Also, take a few minutes before the session to jot down questions you’d like to focus on with the tutor.

Be Patient

Remember, tutors are not there to give you answers, but to help you develop the skills and understanding to succeed on your own. This process takes time, so be patient with your tutor and with yourself.

Academic Success Services

Success Workshops

The Office of Advising and Academic Enhancement (AAE) offers student success workshops throughout the year for all students on a range of topics including study skills, time management, and learning styles. Set yourself up for success and make it a priority to attend at least one workshop a semester.

Individual Consultations

Academic Success Can’t make it to a workshop or looking for some additional help? Never fear! AAE offers individual consultations.

At an Individual Consultation you will sit down with a facilitator one-on-one to discuss your personal attributes (such as self-management) as well as academic factors (such as learning style and study skills) that impact your success as a student.

By the end of the consultation, you will walk away with an increased self-awareness concerning your strengths and weaknesses, a plan to improve your academic success, and knowledge of resources and tools available to assist you.

Learn More about These Services

Tutoring

For a full list of tutoring services by discipline and for additional details about online tutoring go to aae.boisestate.edu/tutoring .

Success Workshops

Visit aae.boisestate.edu/workshops/ for full details.

Individual Consultations

Contact sarahmandell@boisestate.edu to get started.

In addition, you can visit us in the Academic and Career Services Building, Room 114; email tutoring@boisestate.edu, or call 426-4049. We look forward to hearing from you and supporting you in achieving your academic goals!

THE BOISE STATE WRITING CENTER

Image of Writing Center

The Writing Center is open to all members of the Boise State community. We offer one-on-one consultations to support your work on any writing project. Our philosophy is a basic one: writers need readers. And this is exactly the service we provide—our consultants are trained readers who are prepared to respond to any piece of writing at any stage of the writing process.

The Writing Center is open to any member of the Boise State community, from students to faculty.

We will work with you at any stage of the writing process—planning, revising, editing. We are an active, collaborative learning center; we work with you, looking for ways to help you become the best writer possible. Our goal is to engage in conversations about your writing by asking questions we have as readers.

Each consultation is geared toward the individual needs of the writer and is a collaborative effort between writer and consultant.

Writers can come in for face-to-face consultations, or they may submit their writing via our email consultation service for a written response from one of our trained consultants.

Together the writer and consultant:
  • Discuss and brainstorm topics
  • Review drafts and talk about revision
  • Develop writing strategies
  • Identify and discuss writing difficulties
  • Build perspective on the writing process
  • Learn proofreading techniques

Our philosophy is a basic one: writers need readers. And this is exactly the service we provide.

Our email consultation service is designed to allow writers greater flexibility in receiving feedback from the Writing Center.

To request an email consultation, go to our website and select “Email Consultation” from the appointment options.

Here are a few things to consider before requesting an email consultation:

  • Writers may submit two pieces of writing per week, but only one submission per day.
  • Only 7 pages of double-spaced writing will be accepted per session. If you would like to submit a longer paper, submit portions of it over a period of time. Another option is to submit the portion that you have the most questions about.
  • If your main concern is with grammar, we can only respond to 3 double-spaced pages per session. Rather than edit papers, we pinpoint patterns of errors and show you how to fix them. Writers should be aware that some grammar questions are best addressed in face-to-face consultations.
  • Expect to receive a written, 1-2 page response to your paper addressing a few areas for growth and improvement.
  • Since it can take anywhere from 24-72 hours (excluding weekends) to receive a response, please plan accordingly.
  • We respond to e-mails on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have an approaching due date, be sure to submit your draft to us several days before the deadline—this allows writers the opportunity to revise their work before submitting it to their instructors. Please keep in mind that we get a high volume of e-mail consultations during finals week, so it is wise to plan ahead.

If you would like to visit us in The Writing Center

Boise State Writing Center We are located in the Liberal Arts Building in Room 200 (across from the Albertsons Library and next to the Administration Building).

You can schedule an appointment using our online scheduler on our website (writingcenter.boisestate.edu), or you can come into the Writing Center in person. If you have any questions, you can email us at writing@boisestate.edu.

ALBERTSONS LIBRARY

Albertsons Library

Question: Can you graduate from college without using the library? Maybe, but why would you want to?

The Boise State Albertsons Library has a wide variety of resources available to help you succeed. Best of all, many of these resources and services can be accessed remotely, no need to even step foot inside the building. This is especially great for eCampus students because they may live quite a distance from the physical building.

What kinds of resources are available from a distance you ask?

  • Online access to academic articles and databases
  • Research assistance from genuine reference librarians
  • Check out a variety of eBooks
  • View Streaming videos and music

  • Watch “how-to” instructional videos
  • Citation assistance and tutorials
  • Dedicated subject guides and distance services
  • and much much more!

If you’re looking to learn even more about the library and want to earn an elective credit in the process, check out the online course UNIV 106:Library Research. This course is an introduction to the library research process and to the basic tools a student needs to succeed in coursework at Boise State University and beyond. Through this course you will gain proficiency using electronic and print library resources and learn about information in a societal context.

So there you have it, there a lots of ways the Boise State Albertsons Library can help you succeed. But don’t just take our word for it, check out the Albertsons Library today!

BE ALERT, INFORMED, AND PREPARED WITH BRONCOALERT

Storms, power outages, campus closures; these are just a few of the emergencies that can impact day-to-day life on a university campus. You may think that as an eCampus student, an emergency on the main Boise State campus doesn’t impact you but this would be a mistake.

Events that impact the day-to-day operations of campus staff and faculty will indirectly impact you as a student. A power outage will make some transactions difficult, and others impossible. If a server is down, you might not be able to access your online class, turn in assignments, view grades, or contact your instructor.

Luckily, the BroncoAlert system exists to notify you of emergencies that impact campus operations (like campus closures or power outages) and situations that pose a threat to your well-being (such as extreme weather conditions).

So don’t delay, opt-in to BroncoAlert today!

“BroncoAlert subscribers can expect timely warnings upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. Notifications may include important, up to the minute information on where to go, where not to go, and what actions to take.”
Boise State Emergency Alert System

RESUMES, INTERVIEWS, AND JOBS – OH MY!

Career Center Staff

Boise State is here to support you from admission through graduation and beyond! How’s that you ask? Simple, the Career Center! With the support of the staff at the Career Center you can have a ticket to success.

Boise State Career Center

Career Center services are available to enrolled students and alumni of Boise State University. The Career Center’s purpose is to help you create an intentional college experience to successfully transition from college to career. To accomplish this staff focus on these four services:

  1. Career decision making and planning
  2. Part-time on- and off-campus job search (including work study)
  3. Internship advising
  4. Career job search or graduate school process

Let the Career Center help you find the career of your dreams!

Career Decision Making and Planning

Take advantage of these services to:

  • Talk with a Career Counselor to explore values, interests, abilities, and skills. If you are out of the area, you can schedule a phone appointment.
  • Take a career self-assessment online to determine potential career choices. A Career Counselor will give you log-in information during your first appointment and then interpret for you and discuss next steps during your follow-up appointment.
  • Conduct online research on potential careers to determine job outlook, job descriptions, salary information and educational requirements, etc.
  • Work with a Career Counselor to develop an action plan to meet your career goals.

Part-time on/off-campus job search

Or you can:

  • Find part-time job opportunities either on- or off-campus on BroncoJobs, the online job posting system for Boise State students and alumni. Log in or register for an account here online at https://boisestate-csm.symplicity.com/students/ or visit http://career.boisestate.edu/ and select the BroncoJobs logo.
  • But before you apply, make yourself a more competitive candidate by meeting with a Career Counselor for assistance with the job search process, resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing practice.

Internship Advising

An internship is an opportunity to receive academic credit for practical work experience in a chosen field of study and provides hands-on learning outside of the classroom.

  • Search for internship openings through BroncoJobs.
  • For information regarding internships, the registration process, a list of department internship coordinators, and to search past internships Visit the Career Center Internships web page.
  • You can also meet with a Career Counselor for advice on finding an internship and for assistance with your resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills.

Career Job Search

At the Career Center you can:

  • Receive assistance in developing your resume and cover letter.
  • Hone your interviewing skills through a video-recorded mock interview.
  • Refine your job search skills, locate job listings, and discuss employment opportunities.
  • Learn how to use social media to establish an effective online presence. Develop a plan to network your way to success.
  • Use BroncoJobs to locate job listings and on-campus interviewing opportunities.
  • Attend Career Fairs and other Career Center events that connect you with employers.

Graduate School

Career Counselors are available for you to discuss the decision to attend graduate school and to learn about application tips and strategies.

For more information or to make an appointment with the Career Center call 208.426.1747

Phone appointments are available to students who live out of the area.

How else can you get in touch?

Email: career@boisestate.edu
Location: 1464 University Dr, Room 111 (east of the Student Union Building across from Campus Recreation)
Website: http://career.boisestate.edu/

Connect with the Career Center on Social Media!

STUDENTS CONNECT TO BOISE STATE WITH TECHNOLOGY

Connect, Learn, Succeed at Boise State  with technology

At Boise State University, students are surrounded by opportunities to connect through technology both in and out of the classroom.

Boise State offers fully online courses and programs, but also integrates technology into the more traditional classroom setting, in addition to a variety of student supports.

Gone are the days of waiting in long lines to submit applications, register for classes, apply for financial aid, or pay a bill.

The myBoiseState Students Center gives students the power to maintain practically every aspect of their student account from accepting financial aid and registering for classes to tracking degree progress and applying for graduation.

Have a group project? Use one of the many collaboration tools available in the Google Apps for Education suite to create documents and presentations in real-time. Need to do some research but can’t make it to the library? The Albertsons Library staff has you covered! Access a variety of collections, databases, and journals all online. Boise State even offers free access to online tutoring in a variety of subjects.

Learn more about how Boise State uses technology to help students connect, learn, and succeed during National Distance Learning Week!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014: Connect, Learn, Succeed! Student Open House
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in Student Union Building Atrium, join us and learn about all the ways students can connect to classes, resources, and support through technology. There will be demonstrations and information from the Albertsons Library, Advising & Academic Enhancement, Office of Information Technology, Career Center, eCampus Center, Registrar’s Office, Student Media and more!
Thursday, November 13, 2014: Connecting Veterans to Career and Community
  • 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building Simplot Rooms BD, Boise State representatives will be available to connect potential and current veteran students to all the resources available at Boise State including admission, academic advising, major and career selection, resume building, the job search process, and online resources. Students can contact Lori Sprague in Veteran Services at 426-3744 for questions or more information.

SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY AND VETERAN STUDENTS

MilitaryStudents

With dedicated personnel and programs designed specifically for the unique needs of military members, past and present, Boise State is proud to support those who dedicate their time in service of their country. In fact, Boise State is consistently ranked among the top “Military Friendly” schools in the nation.

Extended Studies Military Program

Boise State is committed to providing higher education opportunities to military service members, their families, Department of Defense (DoD) employees, and all veterans furthering their education goals. The Boise State Extended Studies Military Program is proud to continue the 65 year partnership with Idaho’s military community and service members deployed throughout the world.

Through the Extended Studies on-site offices at Mountain Home Air Force Base and Gowen Field, service members, dependents, DoD civilians, and veterans can obtain priority registration for in-person classes on the installations. Students can also request priority registration in select on-line eCAMPUS courses sponsored by the Military Program, however, seats are limited. Check out the current offerings at both locations and online.

Contact

Larry Bierle
Gowen Field Coordinator
(208) 272-3758
gowenfield@boisestate.edu
Valerie Marsh
Mountain Home Coordinator
(208) 828-6746
mountainhome@boisestate.edu

Veterans memorial statue

Veterans Services

The Boise State Veterans Service Office is currently located in the Alumni Building and has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine for three consecutive years. The Veterans Services Office and website are set up to provide information and procedures relevant to all Education Benefits provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The key to making the transition into university life from the military and utilizing any VA educational benefits (if applicable), is interacting with the Veterans Services Office. If you have questions the staff in Veteran Services will have answers and will help you navigate through any and all processes. There are many exciting things happening on Boise State’s campus in regards to assisting and serving our student veterans; contact us to learn more.

Contact

RK Williams
Coordinator of Veterans Services
(208) 426-3744
veteranservices@boisestate.edu
Lori Sprague
Veterans Certification Specialist
(208) 426-3744
veteranservices@boisestate.edu

Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound program is one of the TRIO programs on the Boise State campus under the Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities in the College of Education. Veterans Upward Bound is a FREE pre-college program that helps Veterans prepare to return to their school or program of choice. They offer classroom instruction for basic skills improvement, online math programs, career interest inventories and assistance with the admission and enrollment process of their school.

Veterans can participate in refresher programs in math, reading, writing, basic computer skills, beginning Spanish, science and several special topic workshops. Most Veterans are eligible for this program and a minimum of 125 Vets are served per year. Classes are small, last 6 weeks, and are offered in Boise. In addition, math classes are offered in Nampa on the College of Western Idaho campus.

Contact

Veterans Upward Bound
(208) 426-3632
vub@boisestate.edu