Goal and Focus of the B.S.R.T. Program
The overall goal of the UNC Charlotte BSRT Program is as follows: “To provide graduates of first-professional degree programs with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to meet their current professional goals and prepare them for future professional practice expectations for respiratory therapists.”
Student Learning Outcomes
The BSRT Program has 6 major student learning objectives (SLOs) that are evaluated and reported to the Chairman of the Kinesiology Department and the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services
Concepts behind each SLO are introduced to the student through course materials and assignments then developed further in subsequent course material, and then assessed by a direct measure, which demonstrates the student's mastery of the competency. The introduction, development and assessment of an SLO can span several courses and will be highlighted in the syllabi of those courses.
Performance by students (usually on assignments or exams) is the objective evidence, and we use the Graduate Exit Survey to assess subjective graduate opinion on how the program has performed. Student Learning Objectives have been designed to address the core objectives of the program and are as follows:
- Students will articulate various current professional and clinical roles and potential expanded roles related to the respiratory therapy profession including describing professional behavior, reviewing the history of respiratory therapy, monitoring the quality of respiratory care and listing changes in technology and knowledge base.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge in critical care pathophysiology to interpret pertinent clinical information to make recommendations for appropriate therapeutic intervention.
- Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to access, interpret, and critically appraise relevant medical and other authoritative literature related to clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession.
- Students will develop an original project or research proposal related to clinical practice, administration, education, and/or research associated with the respiratory therapy profession.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to solve complex clinical situations while serving as a member of an inter-professional team taking into consideration the viewpoints of all members of the team with the focus on patient centered care.