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. For program statistic see the following website: http://www.coarc.com/47.html
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for the "Entry" level exam to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). After passing the CRT they are eligible for the "Advanced" practitioner exams to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist with no additional training required.
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.
- Some hospitals are paying tuition costs and up to $4,000 hire-on bonuses for respiratory therapists
- Mid-Ohio Valley Hospitals
- Genesis Health Care Systems
- Rainbow Babies, Cleveland
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.
- Complete a Washington State Community College Application for Admission
- Complete the Respiratory Therapy Program application (no fee)
- Submit high school or college transcripts showing completion of introductory courses in algebra, biology, and chemistry with a grade of "C" or better in each course
- Submit an official high school transcript or GED certificate
- Submit three (3) non-family references
- Contact the Respiratory Therapy Director after all forms have been submitted.
- In the event that two or more qualified applicants complete the prerequisites at the same time, the applicant(s) whose required information was submitted first will be accepted.
Upon acceptance, the applicant will be required to complete the following health requirements:
- complete physical; specified laboratory tests; immunizations; criminal background check; and the ability to satisfactorily complete program objectives
- Submit a copy of current CPR certification which includes adult, child, and infant CPR and Heimlich maneuver.
Click here for an application packet: Respiratory Therapy
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
Director & Professor, Department Chair
740.374.8716, ext. 1605
Health Sciences office:
740.374.8716 Ext. 1602