Respiratory Therapy

Technical & Academic Skills Requirements

Technical Skills

  • Physical Endurance, Mobility and Skill:
    • Stand (e.g., at client side during surgical or therapeutic procedure)
    • Sustain repetitive movements (e.g., CPR)
    • Walk fast or run (e.g., code blues/resusucitation)
  • Physical Strength:
    • Push and pull 50 pounds (e.g. position patient, move equipment)
    • Support 50 pounds of weight (e.g. ambulate client)
    • Carry equipment/supplies
    • Use upper body strength (e.g., perform CPR, physically restrain a client)
  • Hearing:
    • Hear normal speaking-level sounds (e.g., person-to-person report)
    • Hear faint body sounds (e.g., blood pressure sounds, assess placement of tubes)
    • Hear auditory alarms (e.g., monitors, fire alarms, call bells)
  • Visual:
    • See objects up to 20 inches away (e.g., information on a computer screen, skin conditions)
    • Use depth perception and peripheral vision
    • Distinguish color and color intensity (e.g., color codes on supplies, flushed skin/paleness)
  • Tactile:
    • Feel vibrations (e.g., palpate pulses)
    • Feel differences in surface characteristics (e.g., skin turgor, rashes)
    • Feel differences in sizes, shapes (e.g., palpate vein, identify body landmarks)
  • Emotional Stability:
    • Adapt to changing environment/stress
    • Deal with the unexpected (e.g., client condition, crisis)
    • Perform multiple responsibilities concurrently
    • Cope with strong emotions in others (e.g., grief)

Academic Skills

  • Math:
    • Comprehend graphic trends and read measurements
    • Calibrate equipment
    • Convert numbers to and from metric System (e.g., dosages)
    • Count rates (e.g., drips/minute, pulse, count duration of contractions, CPR, etc)
    • Read measurement marks (e.g., measurement tapes, scales)
    • Add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide whole numbers
  • Analytical Thinking:
    • Process information from multiple sources
    • Evaluate outcomes; Solve problems; Prioritize tasks
    • Use long-term and short-term memory
  • Critical Thinking:
    • Identify cause-effect relationship
    • Make decisions independently
    • Adapt decisions based on new information
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
    • Establish rapport with patients and interact with families and groups
    • Respect/value cultural differences in others
    • Negotiate interpersonal conflict
    • Listen/comprehend written/spoken word
    • Manage clinical information

For more information, please call Paulette Stanley at (505) 566-3851. Or send us an email at rt@sanjuancollege.edu.