Chris Sperle, PhD, RRT

Chair, Department of Respiratory Therapy
Associate Professor

Biography

Dr. Chris Sperle is an Associate Professor and the Director/Chair of the Department of Respiratory Therapy. She has been a Registered Respiratory Therapist since 1999, specializing in neonatal and adult intensive care and long-term acute care. She has also served on the North Dakota Society for Respiratory Care as Treasurer and Director at Large. She is currently serving her second term on the House of Delegates for the American Association for Respiratory Care representing the state of North Dakota. 

Sperle earned her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy and Master of Education degrees from the University of Mary and her PhD in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota. Prior to becoming the Director for the Respiratory Therapy Program in 2015, she held the position of Clinical Coordinator. Sperle, along with her exceptional team of faculty in the Department of Respiratory Therapy, is proud to provide quality education in a way that is accessible and applicable for learners wherever they are in their education and career.

About the Program

Respiratory therapy is a specialized area of health care that works closely with individuals suffering from breathing and cardiac disorders. Respiratory therapists are trained on advanced medical equipment and work closely with patients to help them manage their conditions. The Respiratory Therapy Program at the University of Mary offers small class sizes, supportive and caring faculty and engaging hands-on learning experiences. With a 100% job placement rating for the past 20 years, our graduate’s commonly secure meaningful careers as respiratory therapists and are highly sought after from other institutions around the country.

The Department of Respiratory Therapy offers three distinct programs to meet you wherever you are in your education and career:

  • On-campus program for students new to the field that includes hands-on classroom education, laboratory instruction and clinical experience in local hospitals, which culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy. This is an entry to practice program.
  • On-campus program designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline other than respiratory therapy. This program also includes hands-on classroom education, laboratory instruction, and clinical experience in local hospitals, which culminates in a Master of Science in Respiratory Therapy program. This is an entry to practice program.
  • Online program designed to advance associate degree registered respiratory therapists (RRT) to the Bachelor of Science degree. This program focuses on providing education, leadership, and research skills working therapists need to obtain a bachelor’s degree. This is a degree advancement program.

Co-Author: Fetal and Newborn Cardiopulmonary Physiology. In Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations for Clinical Practice (4th) Beachey, W. B., Elsevier, 2018 (pp. 267-291).

Sperle, C.K. (2016) A Comparative Analysis of Associate and Baccalaureate Degree Respiratory Therapy Programs’ Preparation of Graduates for Entry into the Profession. Dissertation, University of North Dakota

Sperle, C.K. (2014) Predictors of Success in a Baccalaureate Degree Respiratory Therapy Program. Respiratory Care Education Annual. Vol. 23 (pp 31-34)

Co-Author: Workbook to accompany:Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations for Clinical Practice (3rd) Hughes, E.A., Sperle, C.K., Elsevier 2013.

Co-Author: Fetal and Newborn Cardiopulmonary Physiology. In Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations for Clinical Practice (3rd) Beachey, W. B., Elsevier 2013 (pp 272-297)

Co-Author: Fetal and Newborn Cardiopulmonary Physiology. In Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations for Clinical Practice (2nd) Beachey, W. B., Mosby 2007 (pp. 251-271).

“Pulmonary Function Testing” University of Mary FNP Program; 2018-19

“Mechanical Ventilation” Bismarck Air Medical, LLC; 2017

Respiratory Medications” University of Mary Exercise Science Program;  2006-2020

ClinicalPreceptor Training Course” St. Alexius Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Department;  2013-2014

“Teaching in the Clinical Setting” St. Alexius Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Department;  2011

“Do We All Agree? Clinical Instructor Inter-Rater Reliability” St. Alexius Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Department;  2010

Effective Clinical Teaching” Triumph Hospital Central Dakotas Respiratory Therapy Department;   2007

St. Alexius Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Department; 2006

Asthma: Practical Tips for Physical Education Teachers” Bismarck Public Schools;  2006

Development-Focused Clinical Instruction: The DFCI Model” St. Alexius Medical Center Respiratory Therapy Department;  2005