The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2012 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT: SURVEY OF INTEGRATION IN ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND BACCALAUREATE-DEGREE GRANTING RESPIRATORY CARE EDUCATION CURRICULA.

Kathy S. Moss; Department of Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

BACKGROUND: Associate and baccalaureate degree-granting Respiratory Care education programs prepare students to challenge NBRC CRT and RRT examinations, and to effectively treat cardiopulmonary emergencies in professional practice. Detailed content outlines for the CRT and RRT examinations indicate that the examinations could include items evaluating ACLS objectives at the recall, application, and analysis levels. The stated goal of the ACLS course is to prepare health care providers to manage cardiovascular emergencies. The extent of ACLS integration in RC education program curricula is unknown. METHOD: Electronic surveys were created to explore the current state of integration of ACLS guidelines in the curricula of CoARC accredited RC educational programs. Survey items were constructed to gather information about integration of ACLS guidelines and provider requirements into the program’s curriculum. When responses indicated that the guidelines or requirements were not integrated into the curriculum, respondents were invited to identify reason(s) for this curricular decision. When responses indicated that the guidelines or requirements were integrated into the curriculum, respondents were invited to identify details about the curricular integration. Identical surveys were distributed to program directors of 385 associate degree-granting and 53 baccalaureate degree granting RC educational programs. RESULTS: Responses were received from 206 associate degree-granting programs (54% response rate) and 30 baccalaureate degree-granting programs (57% response rate). Of the responding program directors, a majority report curricular integration of ACLS guidelines and ACLS provider requirements. Reasons for electing not to include ACLS guidelines and provider requirements differed between program types. Curricular integration for associate degree-granting programs was most commonly described as a required component in another for-credit, unidisciplinary, face-to-face course, 1 week or less in duration, facilitated by RT program faculty. For baccalaureate degree-granting programs, the course was most commonly described as a required stand-alone, for-credit, unidisciplinary, face-to-face, 12-16 week course facilitated by RT program faculty. CONCLUSIONS: For programs represented by survey responses, a majority of associate and baccalaureate degree-granting RC educational programs integrate ACLS guidelines and provider requirements into their curricula. Sponsored Research - None Percentage of RC Education Programs Integrating ACLS