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Programs Academic & Technical Standards

These are the academic & technical standards expected of a respiratory therapy student at Kaskaskia College:

  1. The ability to speak and write in a clear manner.
  2. The ability to read and comprehend textbooks and understand instructions.
  3. Vision sufficient to assess patient status and to perform arterial punctures, operate medical equipment and read a computer screen.
  4. Sense of touch sufficient to assess patient status and to perform arterial punctures. Sense of touch adequate to palpate and percuss the patient chest.
  5. Manual dexterity sufficient to assess patient status, perform arterial punctures, perform CPR, operate medical equipment, and use a computer keyboard.
  6. Hearing sufficient to assess patient status, hear pages and alarms, and use the telephone. Hearing adequate to hear breath sounds, equipment alarms and paging systems.
  7. The ability to walk and stand for up to 12 consecutive hours on clinical training days.
  8. The ability to walk quickly or run to respond to emergency calls or assist in critically ill patient transports.
  9. Ability to climb stairs to respond quickly to an emergency on another floor when elevators are unavailable or full.
  10. The ability to exert enough pressure to move medical equipment traditionally used by respiratory therapists in the acute care setting. This includes but is not limited to: ventilators, BiPAP machines, ECG machines and oxygen cylinders.
  11. The ability to lift or move patients from infants to adults.
  12. The ability to kneel, bend or squat and reach in any direction.
  13. Ability to push or pull equipment up to 200 lbs.
  14. Ability to lift equipment/supplies up to 50 lbs.
  15. Ability to assemble complex equipment and perform fine motor skills.
  16. Interpersonal skills necessary to work with peers, instructors, supervisors, multidisciplinary staff, physicians and patients at the clinical site.
  17. Ability to cope with physically and mentally stressful situations.
  18. Maintain composure and concentration while managing & prioritizing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  19. Display actions, attitudes consistent with ethical standards of the profession.

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