Respiratory care students must be able to meet the following performance 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
- 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.
Trinity River Campus East
Center for Health Care Professions
245 E. Belknap Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Healthcare Professions Division
Updated October 07, 2014