Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy or B.Sc. in Respiratory Therapy is a 3 years undergraduate degree in engineering. Candidates need to pass HSC or 10+2 (Medical) pass or equivalent as a minimum eligibility criterion for the course.
Admission to the course is the entrance exam based. JEE Main, BITSAT, COMEDK are some such entrance exams conducted for admission to the course.
Respiratory Therapy is a relatively new branch of Allied Health Sciences and a profession devoted to the scientific application of technology in order to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, management and care of patients with cardiopulmonary and associated diseases.
The average annual course fee charged by some of the colleges ranges between INR 3 to 8 lacs. However, successful graduates of the course are offered salaries somewhere between INR 2 lacs to 20 lacs.
Respiratory Care Technology Skills Required
1. Physical Endurance
Listen, folks. Twelve hours is a long time. That’s why it’s important to have good physical endurance to work as a Respiratory Therapist, because you may be required for a procedure or at the patient’s bedside for several hours on end.
Having serviceable physical endurance also helps you to sustain repetitive tasks and work at a reasonable pace.
2. Physical Strength
You’re going to need some physical strength as well. Now I’m not talking about becoming a bodybuilder. But, depending on where you work, you may be required to carry equipment and supplies and lift up to 25 pounds. Also, you’ll need some grip strength because squeezing that darn Ambu Bag gets tiring after a while.
3. Gross Motor Ability
This is just a general full body skill that includes being able to move within confined spaces, maintain your balance while sitting and standing, and reach above your shoulders and below your waist.
You’ll need this everyday skill to get from one place to another in the hospital, and to complete all general tasks.
4. Fine Motor Ability
This skill is more focused on the activities that you complete with your hands. For example, putting together a nebulizer for the patient, or squeezing the medication vials.
You’re going to need to be very mobile when working as a Respiratory Therapist. When “CODE BLUE” is announced on the overhead speakers, you will need to report to that location as quickly as possible.
This is one of the many reasons why having good mobility is a must.
Being able to hear is definitely a requirement. Going back to our previous example; how would you know to respond to the CODE BLUE announcement if you can’t hear? Not to mention hearing ventilator alarms, telephones, and pagers. And most importantly, listening to the patient’s breath sounds. Hearing is required to complete all of these tasks. Also, a good stethoscope helps as well.
It goes without saying, but you need good vision as well. You need to be able to see your patient in order to assess them properly for things such as hypoxia or changes in condition.
This means that Respiratory Therapists much be able to touch and feel. This may be required to feel for a pulse, temperature, tactile fremitus, edema, or subcutaneous emphysema.
Working in the hospital, you’re going to have your fair share of fouls smells. When I smell poop, that’s generally my cue to abort mission and return at a later time, but hey, that’s just me.
In all seriousness, Respiratory Therapists need to assess for unusual odors coming from the patient or environment and this requires a good sense of smell.
Being able to read and comprehend is an extremely important skill for Respiratory Therapists. You need to be able to read and interpret the doctor’s orders. There may also be a time where you need to read through the nurse’s notes and patient history within the chart.
You’re probably thinking,”Math? What the heck do I need math for as a Respiratory Therapist?” Well, it’s generally not something you do a whole lot of, but you may need it to: calibrate equipment, compute fractions, convert numbers, count pulse and breathing rates, and read graphs and ventilator graphics.
Each of these requires math in some way, shape, or form. Not to mention performing certain calculations such as minute ventilation, temperature conversion, ideal body weight, and more.
12. Emotional Stability
Healthcare can be extremely emotional at times. As a Respiratory Therapist, you need emotional stability in order to provide safe patient care in this rapidly changing environment.
You may need to provide the patient with emotional support. It’s just part of working in the medical field. You must adapt in stressful situations, such as when a full cardiac arrest arrives in the emergency room. And, especially, Respiratory Therapists should always show appropriate compassion when communicating with patients. Each requires emotional stability.
13. Analytical Thinking
Analytical thinking is required because the RT must process information, prioritize tasks, problem solve, evaluate outcomes, and transfer knowledge from one situation to another, all while using long and short-term memory.
Problems will arise, they always do. And when they do come up, the Respiratory Therapist must be able to break the problem down and solve it as appropriately as possible.
14. Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is a must, I repeat. Critical thinking is a must. It requires you to take all of the information in front of you, make a reasonable judgment, and take action.
In general, Respiratory Therapists use critical thinking skills to evaluate priorities and different sources of diagnostic information to help arrive at the proper patient diagnosis and treatment plan.
Having good interpersonal skills is required for Respiratory Therapists so that you can establish rapport with your patients and their families, and also so that you can work effectively with your cowrokers.
This skill is required so that you can communicate effectively under any circumstance with patients, families, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff members in order to meet the goals set for the patient. You must speak clearly and distinctly in order to convey information and explain procedures.
To work well with others (mostly doctors and nurses), you must be able to communicate effectively.
What is Respiratory Care Technology?
Respiratory Care Technology is an allied health specialty practiced under the direction of a licensed physician and involves the assessment, testing, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of persons with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system.
What is the RSPT Program like at Delgado?
The RSPT Program includes prerequisites and two years of integrated general education, required related courses and the professional courses. The RSPT component begins in August of each year consists of two years of combined didactic and clinical education.
How do you apply for admission to the RSPT Program?
Delgado Community College is an open admissions college; however acceptance into the RSPT Program is by selection. The Admissions Committee for the RSPT Program reviews and evaluates each application on an impartial basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Students wishing to apply for admission to the RSPT Program must submit a completed RSPT application to the Division of Allied Health no later than March 15. Persons accepted into the RSPT Program will be required to meet the technical standards of the RSPT profession which are available for review in the Allied Admissions Office.
When should you apply for admission to the RSPT Program?
Students are eligible for admission to the Respiratory Care Program who:
- Provide evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Successfully complete all prerequisite and required related courses. The prerequisite courses for the Associate of Applied Science Degree are BIOL 251 and 253 (A&P I Lecture/Lab); MATH 128 (Applied Algebra); and ENGL 101 (English Composition I) or ENGL 110 (Intensive English Composition I). The required related course for the Associate of Applied Science Degree are BIOL 252/254 (A&P II Lecture/Lab); BIOL 211 (Microbiology of Human Pathogens); CHEM 101 (Chemistry I for non science majors); PHYS 101 (Introduction of Concepts in Physics); PSYC 127 (Intro. of Psychology); and Humanities Elective.
- Possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college courses.
What are the career opportunities for a Respiratory Care Practitioners?
Respiratory care practitioners work in many different health care environments which may include but are not limited to: general hospital in-patient; adult, pediatric or neonatal intensive care units; emergency rooms; out-patient, home care or rehabilitation facilities; special-procedure areas and diagnostic laboratories.
How do you find out if courses you have taken at other schools will transfer to Delgado?
To find out if courses you have taken will transfer to Delgado, call (504) 671-6201 and for information on advising hours of the Allied Health Advisors to have your transcripts evaluated. Interested students should meet with an Allied Health Admissions Advisor.