The Respiratory Care Student possesses working knowledge of routine respiratory care and has
displayed age-specific competence in his/her educational program for pediatric (ages 13 months to 11
years), adolescent (ages 12 to 17), adult (ages 18 to 65) and geriatric (ages 66 and over) patients. The
incumbent conducts himself/herself in a professional manner and is courteous to patients, physicians,
visitors, members of the department and all other healthcare personnel. The incumbent supports and
contributes to departmental productivity and organizational objectives by functioning as an integrated
member of the respiratory care team and performs services consistent with his/her scope of licensure.
The incumbent supports and exhibits behaviors consistent with the organization’s mission and values in
offering hope and healing to all.
Administers non-medicated aerosol and humidity therapy.
2. Administers oxygen therapy (including implementation of oxygen therapy protocol where
3. Administers aerosolized medication.
4. Administers incentive spirometry.
5. Cleans and reprocesses respiratory therapy equipment.
6. Administers bronchial hygiene and performs chest physiotherapy (including implementation of
bronchial hygiene protocol where appropriate).
7. Performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation and manual ventilation during resuscitation attempts and
aides in rapid response calls when appropriate.
8. Provides patient, family, staff and physician education.
9. Performs other duties, with the scope of licensure, as assigned.
Education / Accreditation / Licensure (required & preferred):
The incumbent shall have completed the equivalent of one year of an accredited respiratory therapy
educational program with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Further, the incumbent shall remain enrolled in said
accredited respiratory therapy educational program while maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 throughout
his/her employment as a Respiratory Care Student Practitioner.
Note: Educational programs that are eligible for accreditation but have not yet achieved accreditation
status meet the educational program standard.
The incumbent shall hold a Limited Mandatory Certificate (license) issued by the Kentucky Board of
Respiratory Care; licensure must be maintained throughout employment as a Respiratory Care Student
The incumbent shall hold a current certificate from the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support
or Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.
Experience (required and preferred):
No prior experience in respiratory care is required (other than that which has been achieved from clinical
rotations in the incumbent’s educational program).