Programs Academic & Technical Standards
These are the academic & technical standards expected of a respiratory therapy student at Kaskaskia College:
- The ability to speak and write in a clear manner.
- The ability to read and comprehend textbooks and understand instructions.
- Vision sufficient to assess patient status and to perform arterial punctures, operate medical equipment and read a computer screen.
- Sense of touch sufficient to assess patient status and to perform arterial punctures. Sense of touch adequate to palpate and percuss the patient chest.
- Manual dexterity sufficient to assess patient status, perform arterial punctures, perform CPR, operate medical equipment, and use a computer keyboard.
- 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.
- The ability to walk and stand for up to 12 consecutive hours on clinical training days.
- The ability to walk quickly or run to respond to emergency calls or assist in critically ill patient transports.
- Ability to climb stairs to respond quickly to an emergency on another floor when elevators are unavailable or full.
- 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.
- The ability to lift or move patients from infants to adults.
- The ability to kneel, bend or squat and reach in any direction.
- Ability to push or pull equipment up to 200 lbs.
- Ability to lift equipment/supplies up to 50 lbs.
- Ability to assemble complex equipment and perform fine motor skills.
- Interpersonal skills necessary to work with peers, instructors, supervisors, multidisciplinary staff, physicians and patients at the clinical site.
- Ability to cope with physically and mentally stressful situations.
- Maintain composure and concentration while managing & prioritizing multiple tasks simultaneously.
- Display actions, attitudes consistent with ethical standards of the profession.