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Ralph “Chip” Zimmerman, PhD, RRT-NPS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education, Coordinator of Interprofessional Education    

Doctor of Philosophy
Mercer University, Atlanta, GA
Major: Educational Leadership

Master of Science in Management
Troy University, Troy, AL
Major: Healthcare Management

Bachelor of Science
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 05/01
Major: Cardiopulmonary Care Science
Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Major: Political Science


Clinical Expertise:
Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care

Courses Taught:

  • Neonatal Respiratory Care
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Research Seminar

Research Interests:

  • End-of-Life Education
  • Interprofessional Education

Selected Publications

  • Zimmerman, C., Gardenhire, D.  The history and impact of mandatory student health insurance in respiratory care.  Respiratory Care Education Annual.  Fall 2012, Volume 21.  35-42.
  • Zimmerman, C.  Impact of the TEACH act and other copyright laws on distance education.  Respiratory Care Education Annual.  Fall 2011, Volume 20.  17-24
  • Zimmerman, C.  Lack of End of Life Education in the Allied Health Curriculum.  AARC Education Section Bulletin. July 15, 2010.

Selected Presentations

  • “Initiation of Collaborative Education- A Case Study.”  American Association of Respiratory Care Summer Forum.  July 15, 2013, Orlando, FL.
  • Pedatric/Neonatal Pathophysiology Review.”  Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Neonatal/Pediatric Specialist Board Examination Review.  (September 13, 2013; September 19, 2014; September 11, 2015).
  • “Interprofessional Education at Georgia State University: Past, Present, and Future.”  Division of Respiratory Therapy Clinical Preceptor Update, (August 2015).
  • “Aerosolized Medications: Acute and Maintenance Treatment of Asthma.” Tennessee Society for Respiratory Care. Nashville, TN. April, 2017.


  • 2016-2017 Lewis School Teaching Excellence Award ($10,000).
  • D09HP26964  Moloney (PD)  07/01/2014-06/30/2017
  • HRSA Advanced Nursing Education  $344,100  (Total Direct Costs Year 1
  • HRSA Advanced Nursing Educatoin $344,100 (Total Direct Costs Year 2)
  • Interprofessional Education to Improve Care of Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions.  The funding supports the development of integrating interprofessional collaborative education for advanced health professions students with a focus on caring for those with multiple chronic illnesses.
    Role: Core Faculty.  (10% Effort Academic Year, 10% Effort Summer)
  • Digital Fellowship, Zimmerman, R.Georgia State University Center for Instructional Innovation FY 2013-2014, $3,000 (Funded)
  • Zimmerman, R. “Giraffe Infant Care Station for Neonatal Resuscitation.”  FY 2013, $25,000.00.  TF2013-0074. (Funded)
  • Zimmerman, R. “Pediatric and Adult Critical Care Simulators.”  FY 2012, $66,766.00.  TF2012-0123. (Funded)


  • Coalition for Baccalaureate & Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE)
  • American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Member
  • AARC Education Section Member
  • Georgia State University Alumni Association
  • The National Board for Respiratory Care


  • Founding Member of the Interprofessional Education Committee at Georgia State
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Neonatal/Pediatric Review Course.
  • Trinity House Smoking Cessation Outreach

Awards and Honors:

  • Member of the Lambda Beta Society
  • Georgia State University Digital Champion (2013)
  • 2016-2017 Lewis School Teacher of the Year
  • 2017 AARC Editor’s Choice Award, 63rd International Respiratory Congress
  • Alpha Eta National Honor Society for Health Professions (Faculty Inductee, 2017)
  • 2016 Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions Educational Excellence Award
  • Lambda Beta National Honor Society for Respiratory Care (inducted 2001)
  • Georgia State University Digital Champion
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Respiratory Therapy
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Respiratory Therapy
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Atlanta, GA 30302-4019
[email protected]
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(404) 413-1230 f

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