- Prepare competent respiratory students through cognitive (knowledge) process of current text book studies
- Prepare competent the respiratory students through the process of psychomotor (skills), by making sure they have adequate time to learn and master all the required skills of patient care, with knowledge of basic non-invasive respiratory procedures, including but not limited to, patient, physician, and nursing interaction with a strong understanding of disease management and critical thinking.
- Prepare competent respiratory students through affective (behavior) future employees that have a minimal learning curve. Affective learning curve established through the extensive learning skills obtained at the college and clinical rotation. The definition of TSC Respiratory minimum expectations mandated includes the ability for respiratory students understanding of Knowledge, Skills, and Behavior from the entry-level and graduate level clinical competence using the clinical skills manual. The Respiratory curriculum designed to maximize the appropriate sequence of classroom instruction followed by a series of structured laboratory and hands on clinical experiences. Now the clinical skills check sheet provides evidence that respiratory students have achieved the basic expected competencies as well as specified advanced competencies prior to entry into the field.
The scope of practice for respiratory care student includes, but is not limited to:
- acquiring and evaluating clinical patient data;
- assessing the cardiopulmonary status of patients;
- participating in life support activities as required; and promoting evidence-based medicine; research and clinical practice guidelines.
- evaluating data to assess appropriateness of prescribed respiratory care;
- initiating prescribed respiratory care treatments, evaluating and monitoring patient responses to such therapy and modifying the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapeutic objectives;
- establishing therapeutic goals for patients with cardiopulmonary disease;
- performing and assisting in the performance of prescribed diagnostic studies such as: obtaining blood samples, blood gas analysis, pulmonary function testing, and bronchoscopes assistance
- participating in the development and modification of respiratory patient care plans;
- case management of patients with cardiopulmonary and related diseases;
- preparation of case studies
- initiating and conducting prescribed pulmonary rehabilitation;
- promoting cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention, and disease management;
- providing patient, family, and community education;