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Important Downloads
Program Brochure (pdf)
New Student Help Guide (pdf)
Clinical Student Handbook (pdf)
Clinical Instructor Handbook (pdf)
Advisory Board Handbook (pdf)
Policy Handbook (pdf)
Technical Standards (pdf)
SIM Lab Manual (pdf)
Note: The student handbook will also be on reserve in the College library.
Respiratory Care Links
2011 CoARC Outcomes Data
Respiratory - Occupational Outlook
Mass Board of Respiratory Care
AARC Careers
Life & Breath 2000 Video
This video shows the roles and responsibilities of respiratory care practitioners and interviews with real-life therapists, students, and physicians, and shows the various work settings and types of patients, as well as educational requirements. (Reqires RealPlayer)
American Association for Respiratory Care
Ethics and Professional Conduct

In the conduct of professional activities the Respiratory Therapist shall be bound by the following ethical and professional principles. Respiratory Therapists shall:

  • Demonstrate behavior that reflects integrity, supports objectivity, and fosters trust in the             profession and its professionals. Actively maintain and continually improve their professional competence and represent it accurately

  • Perform only those procedures or functions in which they are individually competent and which are within their scope of accepted and responsible practice

  • Respect and protect the legal and personal rights of patients they treat, including the right to privacy, informed consent and refusal of treatment

  • Divulge no protected information regarding any patient or family unless disclosure is required for responsible performance of duty, or required by law

  • Provide care without discrimination on any basis, with respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals

  • Promote disease prevention and wellness

  • Refuse to participate in illegal or unethical acts

  • Refuse to conceal, and will report, the illegal, unethical, fraudulent, or incompetent acts of others
  • Follow sound scientific procedures and ethical principles in research

  • Comply with state or federal laws which govern and relate to their practice

  • Avoid any form of conduct that is fraudulent or creates a conflict of interest, and shall follow the principles of ethical business behavior

  • Promote health care delivery through improvement of the access, efficacy, and cost of patient care

  • Encourage and promote appropriate stewardship of resources.

    Effective 12/94 Revised 12/07
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