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.
Healthcare Professions Division
Updated August 28, 2013