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This program is designed to prepare graduates for a highly professional and dynamic career as competent respiratory care practitioners. Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, work as members of a team of healthcare professionals work to evaluate, treat, and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders in a wide variety of clinical settings. Respiratory care practitioners must behave in a manner consistent with the standards and ethics of all healthcare professionals. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, respiratory therapists are involved in clinical decision making (such as patient evaluation, treatment selection, and assessment of treatment efficacy) and patient education. Respiratory care practitioners work in hospitals, home care companies, physician offices, extended care facilities, in outpatient centers, in respiratory care equipment sales, and as educators in hospitals, colleges, and universities. Therapists may choose to specialize in neonatology or pediatrics (caring for infants or children), sleep diagnostics, pulmonary function testing, rehabilitation, providing home care services, or they may choose critical and emergent care settings.

Essential Functions/Technical Requirements

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.

Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, faculty, clients, caregivers, families, members of the healthcare team and with individuals of all ages, races, genders, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds regarding therapy outcomes, clinical documentation, and the purpose, procedures and goals of treatment.

Explain the need for the therapeutic procedures, desired outcomes to appropriate healthcare professionals while maintaining patient confidentiality.</li>
Recognize and respond appropriately to distress sounds from patient, audible alarms/signals on patient-monitoring equipment, and activation/warning signals for gas flow through equipment for patient safety.

  • Respond appropriately to changes in the patients' status before, during, and after therapy and/or procedures.
  • Auscultate and characterize heart and breath sounds with the use of a stethoscope.
  • Perform or assist with and/or transfer, lift, move, position, and manipulate the patient.
  • Operate equipment, such as ventilators and gas flow regulation devices, requiring fine-tuning and adjustment of controls, to obtain and maintain desired values and ranges.
  • Utilize instruments and supplies associated with diagnostic and therapeutic devices for safe patient use and storage.
  • Perform continuous patient care in the clinical setting, which may require prolonged walking or standing over several hours without nourishment or restroom breaks.
  • Analyze clinical data to create or implement an appropriate respiratory care treatment plan.
  • Apply critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to perform complex mathematical processes to safely administer and evaluate patient therapy.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) professional standards and code of ethics, Baker College conduct guidelines, and clinical sites' policies and procedures.

Program Status: Limited Enrollment

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I chose Baker because they had such a detailed laid out plan for me. It got me working as a nurse and their goal is to see everyone off and working. Baker faculty are very prepared professionals. I felt like they set me up for success.

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