2013-14 Unit Plan
Respiratory Care

Mission Statement

To prepare competent, safe, and knowledgeable Respiratory Care Practitioners ready to assume patient care responsibilities in all the different settings where respiratory therapy is practiced.  To provide our service community with adequate numbers of qualified Respiratory Care graduates to meet the current and burgeoning needs of the industry.

Program Description

The Respiratory Care Program at Butte College has been successful in meeting the goals of its mission statement by providing our service community with graduates that are highly sought after. The program has had an excellent reputation the program throughout Northern California and beyond since its first graduating class in 1970. The program has grown from its traditional pedagogical cap of twenty-four students to forty students from 2007-2011.  The program reduced enrollment to thirty-two with the class entering the program in the fall of 2011 due to required budget cuts in the Health Occupations area.  This growth has been supported by equipment grant money through the Chancellor’s Office, an adequate associate faculty pool, an ongoing need in the industry of new graduates, and an increased student interest in the program.  A waiting list continues to exist for the program on the main campus.  To reduce the impact on the local clinical sites, rotations are being conducted in both the Redding and Yuba City/Marysville areas.  Currently there are 61 students enrolled in the first and second years of the program.  

In the fall of 2005, the program started a distance education component in Shasta County. This component was by request of our advisory board to assist this community with its respiratory therapy shortage. Due to increasing costs and a lack of ongoing funding, the distance education program was discontinued in the fall of 2009.  

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1



Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

    Purchase of Computer Tablets for Clinical Use

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The program recently polled the all of the managers of our clinical affiliates regarding any needed equipment purchases for the program.  It was noted that three of our clinical sites now use computer tablets for medication administration and charting of therapy, and that there are not enough for student use during clinical rotations.  The program would like to purchase (2) computer tablets per hospital to ensure timely medication and therapy administration to the patients assigned to our students.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 3

    Full-time Clerk for Health Occupations Office

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
     

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 4



    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 5



    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 6

    Computer Software Upgrades

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The (3) computers in the Respiratory Care Lab (AHPS 219) were replaced during the winter session.  Some of the essential computer software is no longer compatible with the current operating system.  The program would like to upgrade all computer software necessary for instruction in the program. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 7

    Laptop Computers for Program Testing

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale
    During the last semester of the program, students are required to complete (3) supervised online tests.  In the AHPS building, the only computer lab accomodates twenty-four students; maximum program enrollment is thirty-two students.  The program is asking for (8) laptop computers for student use during required supervised online testing that will be shared with the Nursing program. 

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    ne Additional Full-time Faculty:  $86,084 (salary + benefits)

    Computer tablets:  $12,430.38

    Full-time Clerk for Health Occupations Office:  $18,852+ scheduled pay increases year 1-5

    Stipend (Clinical simulation development):  $1000

    Stipend (Continuing Education Units development):  $2000

    Computer Software Upgrade:  $4500

       

    (8) Laptop Computers: $3584.60

     

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Equipment Computer Software Upgrades $4,500.00 $0.00 The (3) computers in the Respiratory Care Lab (AHPS 219) were replaced during the winter session. Some of the essential computer software is no longer compatible with the current operating system. The program would like to upgrade all computer software necessary for instruction in the program.
    2 Yes Equipment Computer Tablets $12,430.00 $0.00 The program recently polled the all of the managers of our clinical affiliates regarding any needed equipment purchases for the program. It was noted that three of our clinical sites now use computer tablets for medication administration and charting of therapy, and that there are not enough for student use during clinical rotations. The program would like to purchase (2) computer tablets per hospital to ensure timely medication and therapy administration to the patients assigned to our students.
    3 Yes Personnel Full-time Clerk in Health Occupations Office $0.00 $18,852.00 The Health Occupations Office has gone through dramatic changes in the past year. The Managerial Program Assistant, Mike Smith, has retired and not been replaced; the Director of Health Occupations has been promoted to Dean of all Career and Technical programs and the Director position has not been replaced; and the RN program has lost one of its two Chairs and that position has not been replaced. The administrative assistant that we have requested part time assistance for over the last two years has been reclassified to Program Assistant and has taken on additional duties to cover the two positions not replaced and to assist the RN Chair with the added duties. In addition, the nursing program has decreased its class size which has significantly increased the wait time to get in to the RN program; frustrated students are turning significantly more applications into the RT program. This has created a three to four year wait for acceptance into the RN program and a two to three year wait for acceptance in to the RT program. Both program lotteries must be maintained, without flaw, for the entire duration of a student’s application process. The Nursing department has also taken on CNA courses each semester and has been working collaboratively with community organizations to pay for student costs which have significantly increased clerical need and coordination, further taxing an already strained system. Student Assistants that are not reliable, accountable or permanent are constantly being trained and retrained so there is coverage for the Health Occupations office. This has created a need for the Program Assistant to systematically collect comp time to ensure the Health Occupations Programs do not fall out of contractual obligation and expose the programs to liability and/or loss of funding. The Health Occupations Program Assistant is currently the only Program Assistant at Butte College that does not have any clerical support.
    4 Yes Equipment Laptop Computers for Program Testing $3,584.00 $0.00 During the last semester of the program, students are required to complete (3) supervised online tests. In the AHPS building, the only computer lab accommodates twenty-four students; maximum program enrollment is thirty-two students. The program is asking for (8) laptop computers for student use during required supervised online testing that will be shared with the Nursing program.
    5 Yes Personnel One Additional Full-time Faculty $0.00 $86,084.00 An augmentation of the release time for the Department Chair/Program Director in hours will accommodate for the extra time needed for student academic counseling for current students and developing a career pathways model for prospective students, processing prospective student applications, overseeing completion of required program paperwork and credentialing. The chair also completes all program requirements for accreditation, in addition to the college’s requirements of a department chair. Currently, the program’s department chair/director spends approximately 18 hours per week in classroom, laboratory and clinical site assignments to help cover the instructional needs of the program and ensure quality in instruction. These hours do not include the 25% release allotted to the department chair for additional administrative responsibilities and program growth, which are completed outside of the contracted hours. The workload of the Program Director/Department for the 2012-13 term is 136.19%, which is very similar to the 2011-12 term. The workload of the Director of Clinical Education has reduced from 142.48% to 107.03% in the same time period. The part-time to full-time faculty ratio has varied from 2:1 to 5.5:1 since 2006 in the Respiratory Care Program. The full-time faculty currently teaches the majority of the didactic courses of the program, with associate faculty being assigned primarily in the clinical sites. Nine associate faculty members carry the remaining load of the program, 319.29% (load percentages are based on the Faculty Workload reports in the Reports Server, from Fall 2012-Spring 2013). The program’s Director of Clinical Education, the only additional full-time faculty for the program, also carries a full teaching load. This faculty member is also responsible for assigning all of the students to their clinical rotations, maintaining and establishing relationships with the clinical sites, providing the necessary student records to the hospitals, and monitoring students’ progress during their clinical rotations. In addition, she provides orientation to all new clinical instructor hires, assists with inter-rater reliability exercises required of our accrediting body, monitors and addresses student and instructor clinical issues, and maintains the grades for all of the clinical courses. All of these additional responsibilities are completed outside of the contracted hours for the college and average around 98 hours per school term. A coordinator position, with release time would more accurately reflect the role of this full-time faculty member plays on a regular basis for the program.
    6 Yes Personnel Collaboration with Nursing and Paramedic Programs on Clinical Simulation Development $1,000.00 $0.00 The ADN, Paramedic, and Respiratory Care programs are interested in developing clinical simulations that involve students from each of these programs, utilizing our current technology in this area. 4th semester nursing and respiratory students, along with 2nd semester paramedic students would be managing the care of a simulated patient from the pre-hospital scene to the emergency department of a hospital and beyond. The development of clinical simulations that involves so many facets of clinical care will require extensive time to plan, build and implement outside of the faculty’s normal workloads.
    7 Yes Personnel Development of Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Faculty and Program Graduates $2,000.00 $0.00 The Respiratory Care Program is interested in developing continuing education courses via Blackboard and in face-to-face formats to assist faculty and program graduates in completing the required CEU’s for ongoing licensure. The Committee on the Accreditation of Respiratory Care programs (CoARC) recommended during a recent site visit that the program provide a course for practicing RT’s on preceptorship of students as a tool for demonstrating inter-rater reliability during practicum rotations. The program is required to demonstrate that all persons evaluating students do so in a similar manner (inter-rater reliability) to maintain ongoing program accreditation; providing a course on preceptorship to all of our clinical affiliates, which includes information on student evaluations, would greatly assist the program towards this goal.
    Total(s) $23,514.00 $104,936.00