Completion of the degree at Kettering College signifies the graduate is prepared for practice in his or her prospective field by meeting the technical standard requirements. Technical standards, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to the physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities required for satisfactory completion of the curriculum. The essential required abilities include motor, sensory, communicative, intellectual, behavioral, and social aspects.
Several standards are common to all programs. These are listed below, followed by specific requirements of each program. The student must have the ability to:
- Think critically, with sound judgment, emotional stability, maturity, empathy, and physical and mental stamina.
- Learn and function in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings.
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, spelling, and vocabulary.
- Immediately comprehend and respond to auditory instructions or requests.
- Think clearly and act calmly in stressful situations.
- Perform up to a 12-hour clinical experience in a single 24-hour period.
- Work cooperatively, preserving relationships with other members of the health care team.
- Perform fine and gross motor skills with both hands.
- Apply adequate pressure to stop bleeding.
- Perform CPR.
In addition to the above criteria, the following are specific to respiratory care students -
Respiratory care students must have the ability to:
- Stand, sit, walk, push, pull, squat.
- Lift and/or carry up to 50 pounds.
- Reach in forward, lateral, and overhead motions.
- Climb stairs.
- Distinguish distance, colors, objects, persons.
- Perform close paperwork.
- Demonstrate depth perception.
- Hear conversations, monitor equipment, perform auscultation, use telephone, and distinguish background noise.
- Distinguish between sharp/dull and hot/cold.
Process and communicate information on the patient’s status with accuracy in a timely manner for appropriate interaction with physician, supervisors, and other members of the health care team.