Respiratory Care
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Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care, the graduate will be able to:

  • collect and evaluate existing pertinent clinical information and recommend procedures to obtain additional data relative to respiratory care;
  • manipulate equipment by order or protocol;
  • ensure infection control;
  • perform quality control procedures for respiratory care equipment;
  • maintain records and communicate information;
  • maintain a patent airway, including care of artificial airways;
  • remove bronchopulmonary secretions;
  • achieve adequate ventilator support;
  • evaluate and monitor patient's objective and subjective response to respiratory care;
  • recommend and independently modify therapeutic procedures based on patient's response;
  • initiate and conduct pulmonary rehabilitation and home care within the prescription;
  • determine the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory care plan and recommend modifications when indicated;
  • initiate, conduct, or modify respiratory care techniques in an emergency setting;
  • act as an assistant to the physician performing special respiratory care procedures; and
  • demonstrate behavior consistent with the acceptable professional conduct standards; such as: appearance, quality of work, quantity of work, continuing education, human relation skills, leadership skills, reading skills, writing and verbal communication skills.

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ECC is a member of the State University of New York (SUNY) System, and is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of the professional curricula are also accredited by specialized agencies.


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