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Ralph “Chip” Zimmerman, PhD, RRT-NPS

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

BA in Political Science
University of Georgia, 1993

BS in Cardiopulmonary Science
Georgia State University, 2001

MS in Healthcare Management
Troy State University, 2003

PhD in Educational Leadership
Mercer University, 2017


Courses Taught:

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


  • 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


  • 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