ERIC Number: ED255651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-20
Reference Count: 0
Expanding the Respiratory Therapy Curriculum. Final Report.
Burnett, Mary; Allenbaugh, Patricia
This project was conducted to upgrade Seattle Central Community College's four-quarter respiratory care program to a two-year associate degree program in respiratory therapy. The program needed to include a developmental pathway for entry of nontraditional students and also a college-level prerequisite entry pathway for traditional students. In developing the core curriculum, the following major sources of information were used: (1) the Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Care Education (JRCRTE), which also accredits these programs; the National Board for Respiratory Care composite examination matrix for their entry-level and advanced practitioner credentialing examinations; and (3) interviews and discussion with the Respiratory Technician Advisory Board and other leaders in respiratory care. The result of this project is an associate-degree level respiratory care curriculum that addresses two concerns: first, accessibility and successful completion of the program to and by nontraditional students who lack sufficient academic background, and second, the local health industry's demand for qualified entry-level practitioners in respiratory care. The curriculum plan uses lecture/discussions, laboratory experiences, and clinical settings. Along with traditional audiovisual materials used in allied health education, the program incorporates computer-assisted instruction modules into both the lecture and laboratory portions of the curriculum. This curriculum will make health careers available to a much larger segment of the college's student population and enable them to compete more effectively in the job market. (Program descriptions and course outlines are included in this report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Washington State Commission for Vocational Education, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Seattle Central Community Coll., WA.