Respiratory Care Program Outcomes

Students are expected to learn the following within the Respiratory Care program:

  1. Patient Data and Evaluation Recommendations
    • Review data in patient record.
    • Collect and evaluate additional pertinent clinical information.
    • Recommend procedures to obtain additional data.

  2. Equipment Manipulation, Infection Control, and Quality Control
    • Manipulate equipment by order or protocol.
    • Ensure infection control.
    • Perform quality control procedures.

  3. Initiation and Modification of Therapeutic Procedures
    • Maintain records and communicate information.
    • Maintain a patient airway including the care of artificial airways.
    • Remove broncho-pulmonary secretions.
    • Achieve adequate respiratory support.
    • Evaluate and monitor patient's objective and subjective responses to respiratory care.
    • Independently modify respiratory procedures based on patient's response.
    • Determine the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory plan and recommend modifications when indicated by data.
    • Initiate, conduct, or modify respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting.
    • Act as an assistant to the physician performing special procedures.
    • Initiate and conduct pulmonary rehabilitation and home care.

  4. Professionalism
    • Actively participate in the learning process for the required skills.
    • Utilize the facilities' resources to gain new knowledge and skill.
    • Actively address any identified deficit.
    • Present well groomed, neat physical appearance.
    • Arrive with equipment required to provide clinical care.
    • Communicate nature of therapy and expected results clearly and effectively to patient and/or family members.
    • Maintain patient confidentiality as per HIPA regulations.
    • Communicate clearly and effectively with hospital/institutional staff personnel.