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Respiratory Care (0366)

Program Goals

“Respiratory Care” means the rendering of services to patients with deficiencies or abnormalities which affect the pulmonary and cardiac systems, and which services involve therapy, management, rehabilitation, diagnostic evaluation, education, or care of such patients with regard to such deficiencies or abnormalities. (State of Georgia, Respiratory Care Practices Act: Article 6; 43-34-142. Definitions)

The Darton College Respiratory Care Program prepares students to perform as Advanced Practitioners as evidenced by passing the National Board for Respiratory Care Advanced Practitioner (RRT) examination. Graduates of the Respiratory Care Program receive training in the following content areas that make up the NBRC advanced practitioner examination curriculum content matrix.

  1. Administration of pharmacological, diagnostic, and therapeutic aids related to the implementation of a treatment, disease prevention, pulmonary rehabilitation, or diagnostic regimen prescribed by a physician as follows:
    1. Administration of medical gases (except for the purpose of anesthesia), aerosols, and humidification.
    2. Environmental control mechanisms and hyperbaric therapy.
    3. Mechanical or physiological ventilatory support.
    4. Bronchopulmonary hygiene
    5. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    6. Maintenance of the natural airway.
    7. Insertion and maintenance of artificial airways.
    8. Specific diagnostic and testing techniques employed in the medical management of patients to assist in the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and research of pulmonary abnormalities, including measurements of ventilatory volumes, pressures, and flows, collection of specimens of blood and blood gases, expired and inspired gas samples, respiratory secretions, and pulmonary function testing.
    9. Utilization of hemodynamic and other related physiologic measurements to assess the status of the cardiopulmonary system.
    10. Diagnostic testing, treatments and monitoring of sleep disturbances and the equipment utilized for such studies.
    11. Care of the respiratory patient in the home care setting.
  2. Transcription and implementation of the written or verbal orders of a physician.
  3. Observing and monitoring signs and symptoms, general behavior, general physical response to respiratory care treatment and diagnostic testing, including determination of whether the signs and symptoms, reactions, behavior, or general response exhibit abnormal characteristics.
  4. Observing and referring patients based on abnormalities, protocols, or change in treatment or response.
  5. Maintaining and troubleshooting equipment used in the practice of respiratory care.

The Darton State College Respiratory Care Program strives to provide high quality professional practitioners to meet the needs of patients and employers in our service area.

Responsible Department: Health Sciences - Respiratory Care
Program Contact: Bill Thomas
Content Contact: Anthony Williams (web representative)
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