Respiratory Care Technical Standards

Purpose: To determine the physical and emotional abilities of a student in the Department in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. Students are required to perform respective duties of the profession based on the necessary physical and emotional abilities as well as academic achievement. The College will make reasonable accommodation for all students.

Policy: The student will possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Behavioral and Social Skills: Possess qualities of compassion, integrity, empathy and interpersonal skills. Possess emotional capacity and mental health necessary to effectively complete professional responsibilities. Ability to serve as part of a team and lead as appropriate.
  • Communication: Read, write, speak, hear, and observe patients to effectively communicate the patient's condition and interact with the patient and other healthcare individuals.
  • Integrative and Quantiative Skills: Problem solve using computation, synthesis, and analysis. Visualize and analyze three-dimensional relationships.
  • Motor and Functional Ability: Must be able to bend and lift 50 pounds with proper body mechanics, perform constant body movements, either standing, walking, stooping, or lifting. Perform therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Deliver patient care and associated services up to 12 hours per shift.
  • Observation: Use instruments requiring sight and hearing, e.g., pulmonary function equipment and mechanical ventilators. Make observations and evaluations. Observe results of treatment and communicate patient's response to care.
  • Working Conditions: Include potential exposure to blood and body fluids, and patients with communicable disease. Students must be willing to perform infection control procedures and keep current with vaccinations/screenings.