The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2010 OPEN FORUM Abstracts


Roger J. Smith, Mike Trevino, David Mussetter, Gary Weinstein; Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, Dallas, TX

Purpose: A Respiratory Care student survey was used to collect demographics, educational data, and overall satisfaction. As a clinical site for a respiratory therapy program in our area, we felt we might be well served to have a better understanding of these students and what their perceptions are of their education experience. Method: The Directors of 23 accredited two year Respiratory Care Programs in Texas were contacted via email for permission to conduct a brief online survey of their students. The survey consisted of 24 questions and we used to collect our data. This survey was anonymous and was open from March 10, 2010 through May 10, 2010 where 103 responses were returned. It is unknown how many students are enrolled in each college, nor which colleges chose to participate. Two directors, however, officially declined to participate. The survey questions consisted of the following: demographics, classroom /clinical instruction, and general impressions. Results: Motivation to become RT 18% job security 26% change career path 36% want to help people Demographics 74% responses are women 60% second year students 62% have other college degrees 37% 31-40 years of age (majority) 19% travel one way to college greater than 25 miles Impressions 47% Respiratory Care Night school may be a good idea 89% studied “Ethics” 77% studied “Time Management” 85% satisfied with education Conclusions: Our collected data revealed the vast majority of these students were satisfied with their educational experience. Most felt their educational goals, both classroom and clinical, were met or exceeded. They also responded favorably to the qualities of their classroom and clinical instructors. Other lessons learned were that night school would be a preference for a large number of students, feelings of job security are high, and relevant matters such as ethics and time management were being taught in the surveyed schools. A good percentage has other college degrees and the opportunity arises to discuss a BS degree as the minimum for Respiratory Therapists. Sponsored Research - None