Successful completion of the baccalaureate degree in Respiratory Care implies that the graduate will have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and competently deliver patient care as a respiratory care provider. In the role as a health care provider, the respiratory therapist should be able to deliver urgent and non-urgent care to patients of all ages and in all settings including hospital, chronic care facilities and in the home. The current health care system also requires the respiratory therapist to be skilled in age-specific patient education. Therefore, all applicants and matriculating students must meet the expectations listed below.
The following abilities and expectations are required of all applicants and matriculating students in the Department of Respiratory Care Education.
Visual – Auditory
The applicant/student must be able to accurately observe patients from a distance or close at hand, correctly read digital, analogue or graphic gauges, scales and monitors, and recognize biohazardous fluids. The applicant/student must be able to hear audio and see visual alarms. He/she must also be able to hear breath and heart sounds with a stethoscope, and see cardiac/pulmonary waveforms on monitoring screens.
The applicant/student must have both fine and gross motor skill capabilities to perform patient care procedures. These procedures include but are not limited to the following: palpating, auscultating, percussing the chest, administering medications using airway and endotracheal access, obtaining blood samples from veins and arteries, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, turning and lifting patients, moving heavy, bulky equipment, maneuvering in tight places, and assembling and calibrating respiratory care equipment.
The applicant/student must be able to speak, and hear. He/she must also be able to perceive non-verbal communication. An applicant/student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, families and health care providers. He/she must be able to communicate accurately, orally and in writing, with all members of the health care team.
Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Qualitative Abilities
The applicant/student must be able to comprehend and apply didactic concepts to the clinical setting. This involves physiologic measurements, mathematical computation, information gathering, interpretation and analysis of data, and problem solving.
Behavioral and Social Attributes
The applicant/student must possess the emotional health necessary to exercise judgment, complete patient care responsibilities, and maintain effective relationships with others in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. Applicants/students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. He/she must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and function in the uncertainties inherent to the health care setting. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all important personal qualities.