Performance Requirements

Respiratory care students must be able to meet the following performance requirements. 

Physical Requirements

  • Visual acuity with corrective lenses to identify cyanosis, absence of respiratory movements in patients; read very fine, small print on medication containers, physician's orders, monitors and equipment calibrations.
  • Hearing ability with auditory aids to: understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker's face; hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, call bells from patients; take/hear blood pressure, lung, heart, vascular and abdominal sounds with stethoscope.
  • Manual dexterity to use sterile technique, for example, to insert catheters or prepare and administer medications, manipulate and assemble equipment for use.
  • Physical ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, lift patients and objects of 35 pounds or more, perform chest physio-therapy techniques using two hands, push pieces of equipment from room to room, or maneuver in limited spaces.

Communication Requirements

  • Communicate effectively in verbal and written form by:
    • Speaking clearly and succinctly when explaining treatment procedures, describing patient conditions and implementing health teaching.
    • Writing legibly and correctly in patient's chart for legal documentation.
  • Function safely under stressful conditions with the ability to adapt to ever changing environment inherent in clinical situations involving patient care.
  • Computer skills to use a variety of software programs and the Internet for research and course projects. PowerPoint is utilized for presentations. 

 

Contact

Healthcare Professions Division
allied.health@tccd.edu

 

 

Updated August 28, 2013

 

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