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Technical Standards for the Respiratory Care Program

The Respiratory Care Program and Polysomnography Specialty Option are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) [www.coarc.com] located at 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835. The Respiratory Care Program is also an education program approved by the New York State Department of Education.  

Students preparing for a career in Respiratory Care are expected to perform therapeutic and diagnostic techniques safely and accurately. Students must be able to perform the scope of practice as outlined in national and state standards, including:

  • Maintain clinical competence under challenging and sometimes stressful situations
  • Gather, assess, and interpret patient data, and respond appropriately to changes in disease signs and symptoms, patient conditions and mental status (e.g. breathing, cardiac, and neurologic patterns)
  • Gather data, assess, interpret, and respond appropriately to changes in equipment function/ malfunction and safety alarms
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity
  • Be able to move and/or reposition patients and equipment
  • Have a range of motion that allows for reaching hospital equipment such as oxygen administering systems, suction apparatus, electrical outlets, etc.
  • Perform physical assessment accurately (e.g. auscultation, physical inspection, palpation, etc.)
  • Utilize and monitor sophisticated equipment and technologies
  • Read analog and digital displays
  • Respond appropriately to a wide range of patient care needs
  • Communicate effectively and utilize written and spoken English when interacting with patients, their families, and other health care professionals
  • Record, read, write, and interpret data about a patient's condition from charts, radiology screens and computer information systems
  • Respond to medical emergencies in a timely manner and perform life sustaining procedures appropriately (e.g. cardiopulmonary resuscitation, electrocardiograms, airway management, blood sampling and analysis)
  • Practice universal precautions when interacting with patients and other health care providers
  • Carry out orders accurately and in a timely manner
  • Exercise proper clinical and intellectual judgment
  • Work as an effective health care team member
  • Demonstrate professional affective behaviors when interacting with patients, their families, and colleagues.

Students having a past criminal record must declare this situation at the time of admission.  Certain types of criminal offenses may result in an inability to receive professional licensure and job offers upon graduation.  Before starting the program, students in this situation must speak with the program director to determine the extent of possible future difficulties with this issue.  

Stony Brook University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  A prospective student who is otherwise qualified, but requires a reasonable accommodation, should contact Disability Support Services at Stony Brook University in room 128 at the Educational Communications Center (ECC) building; telephone number: 631- 632-6748. They will determine what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

All technical standards must be met with either reasonable accommodation or without accommodation.