ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS NECESSARY FOR THE RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM.

Applicants and students should be able to perform essential functions, or with reasonable accommodations
(such as with the help of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices), be able to demonstrate ability
to be proficient in these essential functions. Based on the health assessment which you performed, please
indicate whether you noted conditions which might limit the student’s ability to perform the essential functions,
or for which they will need reasonable accommodation to perform the functions:

Essential Function

Technical Standard

Examples of Necessary Activities (Not all inclusive)

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment

Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; evaluate patient or instrument responses: synthesize data: draw sound conclusions.

Interpersonal

Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

Establish rapport with patients and colleagues. Use therapeutic communication (attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, and teaching. Function (consult, negotiate, share) as a part of a team.

Communication
Ability

Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others. in spoken and written English

Explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret instructions. Listen attentively.

Physical
Endurance

Remain continuously on task for several hours while standing, sitting, moving, lifting and/or bending. Must lift 50 lbs.

Manually resuscitate patients in emergency situations or stand/walk for extended periods of time.

Mobility

Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination.

Move around in work area and treatment areas.

Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe patient care and operate equipment; ability to reach and operate overhead equipment

Use equipment and instruments with necessary dexterity; turn wall-mounted monitors and gauges on and off.

Hearing Ability

Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Ability to hear alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory sounds and cries for help.

Visual Ability

Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient for patient observation and assessment, ability to discriminate between subtle changes in density (black and grey) or a color at low light.

Observe patient responses, secretions, and color. Read thermometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, labels and gauges.

Tactile Ability

Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention.

Olfactory Ability

Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental and patient safety.

Distinguish smells, which are contributory to assessing and/or maintaining the patient’s health status or environmental safety.

Professional
Attitude and
Demeanor

Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain one’s own physical and mental health and emotional stability,

Work under stressful conditions. Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated bodily fluids. React calmly in emergency situations. Demonstrate flexibility. Show concern for others.