University of Southern Indiana

Respiratory Student Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all respiratory therapist program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency as a respiratory care practitioner, as described by the National Board of Respiratory Care and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
  2. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with the respiratory care code of ethics, ethical obligations, and professional conduct.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, time management skills, interpersonal communication skills, and technical skills necessary to provide competent respiratory care in multidisciplinary care settings.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, and visual forms.
  5. Show proficiency in establishing an evidence base for best practices through research and the critique and interpretation of professional scientific literature.
  6. Display knowledge of current issues and trends in health care, including public policy, access, quality improvement, and legal and ethical topics.
  7. Exhibit knowledge of the roles in respiratory education and management.
  8. Assist physicians in diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients affected by cardiopulmonary disorders.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate information relevant to his/her role as an advanced level respiratory therapist.
  10. Demonstrate basic competencies in alternate care sites (i.e., homecare, rehabilitation centers, and long-term mechanical ventilator centers).

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