The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Richard D. Nelson, Faten AlHubaishi, Anna Nelson; Loma Linda University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

(1) Background: Respiratory Therapist (Specialist) programs in Saudi Arabia have no standardized external board requirement. The 1st generation of Saudi respiratory therapists was eligible for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) through the pioneering program of Loma Linda University (LLU). About 1/4th of Saudi respiratory therapists are credentialed by the NBRC and the rest not eligible. The current generation of Saudi respiratory therapists practice with a fee-based registration (no exam) through the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCHS). LLU permits a Baccalaureate Certificate in Respiratory Care option for Saudi university respiratory care graduates integrated within LLU’s entry level BS degree. wRRT SAE data was extracted to see if Saudi respiratory care graduate applicants were already meeting the cut scores of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) and the NBRC. (2) Material and methods: 2008-2009 accepted applicants were included in the study and were given the wRRT SAE. Data from traditional 4 year BS students was excluded. Successful certificate graduates took a different and subsequent year’s wRRT SAE. Format: proctored, secure, online. (3) wRRT SAE Results: Scores from 2008 wRRT SAE Entry: 43% (n=12) > NBRC cut with 79% (n=22) > CoARC cut. Senior students on the 2009 wRRT SAE: 75% (n = 15) > NBRC cut with 100% (n= 20) > CoARC cut. Certificate seniors scoring < NBRC cut score were not allowed a Certificate of Completion but results were included in this study. (4) Conclusion: This initial experience supports graduate success if an NBRC equivalent international board could be offered by the SCHS for outcomes assessment, to promote career protection and for patient safety. Further study is warranted with more wRRT SAE examinees and to study use of the Clinical Simulation SAE. Sponsored Research - None