Respiratory therapists are an important part of the health care team. Their crucial role in treating and caring for a variety of illnesses continue to become more specialized and technical, while demand for their services is increasing. Respiratory therapists perform important life support functions, in consultation with physicians.
Washington State's two year Associate of Applied Science respiratory therapy program is accredited by The Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, TX, 76021-4244, Ph # (817)238-2835
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the entry level exam, "Therapist Multiple-Choice". This Exam has two "cut scores". If the student passes the lower "cut score", they will be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). If they achieve the higher "cut" score, they will be eligible to take the Clinical Simulation Registry Exam. If they pass the second exam, they will be a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Goals & Objectives
The basic goal is to prepare the students as competent advanced respiratory care practitioners.
Objective #1-A: Upon the completion of the program, the student will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as an advanced respiratory care practitioner (Cognitive Domain).
Objective #1-B: Upon completion of the Respiratory Therapy program, the student will demonstrate the technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role as an advanced respiratory care practitioner (Psychomotor Domain).
Objective #1-C: Upon completion of the program, the student will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the advanced respiratory care practitioner (affective Domain). GENERAL ED Objectives Below:
The program integrated the College and program objectives into the program Goal as follows in each area:
Professional (affective) Skills:
The graduate will be able to demonstrate professional behavior as expected by their employer. This includes abilities to:
Communicate with patients, physicians, and health care workers, demonstrating an understanding of medical terminology and effective written and verbal communication skills. (CO, ST)
Continue as an independent learner, by demonstration of upgraded job skills and keeping pace with the changing health field with continuing Education. (LL, ST)
Demonstrate a general understanding of the procedures used in respiratory therapy departments to manage and evaluate personnel and departmental productivity. (LL)
Demonstrate an awareness of the similarities and differences which express the human experience in an increasingly interdependent global community. (VC)
Knowledge (Cognitive) abilities:
The graduate will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate information relevant, (problem Solve) and develop a Plan of Respiratory Care, (CT) at the level of advanced Respiratory Therapist. This includes abilities to:
Demonstrate the knowledge of the fundamentals of cardiopulmonary anatomy physiology and pathology and to use critical thinking and patient assessment skills to apply the appropriate Respiratory therapy, and care of patients with cardiopulmonary problems. (ST, CT)
Demonstrate the knowledge of the function & problem solving of respiratory therapy equipment operation, application designed to delivery medical gas therapy, humidity, aerosol therapy, hyperinflation therapy, mechanical ventilatory support and other respiratory therapy, diagnostic tests performed to evaluate cardiopulmonary function and tests to evaluate blood gas transport. (CT, ST)
Clinical (psychomotor) skills:
The graduate will demonstrate competent technical skills necessary to fulfill the role as an advanced-level Respiratory Therapist. This includes abilities to:
Demonstrate the competent ability to perform and operate respiratory equipment, designed to delivery medical gas therapy, humidity, aerosol therapy, hyperinflation therapy, mechanical ventilatory support and other respiratory therapy, and diagnostic tests performed to evaluate cardiopulmonary function and tests used to evaluate blood gas transport. (ST, CT)
Demonstrate abilities in maintenance of an unobstructed patient airway; recognize life-threatening situations & administer necessary patient care. (ST, CT)
Competency is evaluated in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains with measurable standards.
The graduate will be able to demonstrate competency with the following procedures:
- Medical gas therapy
- Humidification therapy
- Deep breathing and hyperinflation therapy
- Aerosol Therapy
- Aerosolized Medication therapy
- Coughing and bronchopulmonary hygiene therapy
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advance life support
- Airway management
- Cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing
- Arterial Blood gas analysis
- Mechanical Ventilation management
- Other physiological monitoring
Careers and Opportunities
- Work with all ages, from newborns to geriatric patients
- Routine care, critical care, intensive care, or emergency department settings
- Extended care facilities and home care
- Sub-specialties, including exercise testing, pulmonary rehabilitation, assisting physicians with procedures such as bronchoscopy & pulmonary function test.
- Genesis Health Care Systems
- Jackson General
- Mid-Ohio Valley Hospitals
- Pioneer Home Medical
- Randbow Babies, Cleveland
- Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center
Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program is limited and admission is done on a selective basis. Applicants are urged to apply early. The class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by students who qualify. High school or equivalent introductory courses in algebra, biology, and chemistry with a grade of "C" or higher are required prior to admission into the Respiratory Therapy Program. Admission documents include the following: numbers 2, 3, 4, and 5 below which need to be returned to Rob Kinker in one envelope.
Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.
Contact to learn more:
Rob Kinker, Ph.D., RRT
Respiratory Therapy Director & Department Chair of Health Sciences & Recreation
Kathy Baker, BA, RRT, CPFT
Director, Clinical Education
Dr. Robert McKinley, MD
Health Sciences office: