Technical Standards

Gulf Coast State College - Respiratory Care


Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment
  • Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations
  • Develop care plans
  • Make rapid decisions under pressure
  • Handle multiple priorities in stressful situations
  • Assist with problem solving
Interpersonal Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, educational, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds
  • Establish rapport with patients/clients and colleagues
  • Cope effectively with high levels of stress
  • Cope with anger/fear/hostility of others in a calm manner
  • Cope with confrontation
  • Demonstrate high degree of patience
Communication Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form
  • Explain treatment procedures
  • Initiate client education
  • Document and interpret nursing actions and patient/client responses
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, to maneuver in small spaces and to perform procedures necessary for emergency intervention
  • Move around in patient’s rooms, workspaces, and treatment areas
  • Administer cardio-pulmonary resuscitation procedures
  • Walk the equivalent of 5 miles per day
  • Remain on one’s feet in upright position at a workstation without moving about
  • Climb stairs
  • Remain in seated position
Motor Skills Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care
  • Calibrate and use equipment
  • Position patients/clients, manage a 200 lb. patient
  • Perform repetitive tasks
  • Able to grip
  • Bend at knee and squat.
  • Reach above shoulder level
  • Lift and carry 25 lbs., with assistance 50 lbs.
  • Exert 20-50 pounds of force (pushing/pulling)
Hearing Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs
  • Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, auscultatory     sounds, and cries for help
  • Hear tape recorded transcriptions
  • Hear telephone interactions
Visual Visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care
  • Observe patient/client responses
  • Identify and distinguish colors
Tactile Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment
  • Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention, e.g., insertion of a catheter
Environmental Ability to tolerate environmental stressors
  • Adapt to shift work
  • Work with chemicals and detergents
  • Tolerate exposure to fumes and odors
  • Work in areas that are close and crowded