General Technical Standards
These essential functions represent the
non-academic requirements of the program. All applicants must meet
these requirements in order to participate in the respiratory care
program. Graduates of this program must be able to meet certain
physical and mental requirements to ensure the safe performance of
respiratory care procedures.
Due to the nature of typical clinical
assignments, applicants of this program must be able to meet the criteria
listed below related to hearing, mobility, motor skills (fine & gross),
tactile, visual, physical endurance, and mental/attitudinal standards.
- Auditory ability sufficient to hear
and understand patients and staff, assess and monitor patient sounds.
Examples: Communicate and interact with patients and families from a
variety of backgrounds. Follow oral instructions. Hear heart and
breath sounds. Detect and discriminate between sounds of normal
respiration. Identify and localize alarm sounds emitted from patient
- Mobility and strength sufficient to
support and move patients.
Examples: Support and transfer patients, move in and out of treatment
areas. Reach equipment or parts of patient's body.
- Perform multiple motor tasks
simultaneously. Fine and gross motor skills sufficient to handle
equipment and provide safe and effective patient care; steady arm and
hand movements while manipulating objects or assisting patients.
Examples: Operate and manipulate equipment, blood collection devices,
several items at once. Administer aerosols, suction patient, and
adjust pressure gauges. Lift and transport oxygen cylinders, move in
and out of treatment areas. Push/pull hospital beds.
- Tactile ability sufficient to assess
patient's response to therapy.
Examples: Distinguish textures, degrees of firmness, temperature
differences, and pulse rate.
- Visual ability sufficient to monitor
and assess patient and equipment function to provide safe and
effective respiratory care.
Examples: Read written instructions/orders. Read fine print, monitors,
and gauges. Differentiate color/character of sputum for signs/nature
of infection/disease. Chart procedures and observation in a permanent
- Physical endurance ability sufficient
to work in a clinical setting for eight (8) to twelve (12) hours
performing physical tasks requiring physical energy without
jeopardizing patient safety.
Examples: Remain standing and walking between patient care areas for
at least an hour. Perform chest compressions during CPR. Manually
ventilate a patient for at least 30 minutes during resuscitation.
- Mental/attitudinal ability sufficient
to interact with patients and other health care personnel in providing
appropriate patient care and exhibiting attitudes and actions
consistent with the ethical standards of the profession.
Examples: Function safely, effectively, and calmly under stressful
situations. Maintain composure while managing multiple tasks
simultaneously. Prioritize multiple tasks. Exhibit social skills
necessary to interact effectively with patients, families,
supervisors, and co-workers of the same or different cultures, such as
respect, politeness, tact, collaboration, teamwork, and discretion.
Maintain personal hygiene consistent with the close personal contact
associated with patient care.
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