Respiratory Therapist Program Director
DESCRIPTION OF JOB:
The Respiratory Therapist Program Director is responsible for the Respiratory Therapy concentration for the Medical Science major. The incumbent leads the structure, organization, daily administration, review and evaluation, continued development, and general effectiveness of the Program. The Program Director is responsible for supervision of students and clinical instructor activities and maintains the schedule of regular visits to all clinical affiliates/education centers through partnership with UW Health.
Serving as one of Edgewood College’s representatives in the affiliation agreement with University of Wisconsin Health (UW Health), the position requires a high level of organizational and communication skills for interaction with respiratory therapists, nurses, physicians, faculty, administrators, prospective students, and the general public.
Develop and Plan Academic Curriculum
- Provides leadership and vision for the creation and implementation of a strategic plan for the Respiratory Care Program.
- Designs, implements, and administers all aspects of the educational program for students enrolled in the Respiratory Therapist Program.
- Formulates, implements, and administers all policy, procedure, and documentation for maintaining accreditation in line with the affiliation agreement with UW Health and with the Commission of Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee For Education In Medical Assisting (JRC-EMA).
- Prepares, analyzes, and documents all qualitative and quantitative benchmarks as required for outcome assessments and annual reports.
- Maintains all educational records for the program in conformance with state and federal requirements.
- Conducts on-going assessments of educational programming, including reviewing and evaluating new teaching materials.
- Evaluates effectiveness of teaching by reviewing graduate performance.
Monitor Clinical Laboratory Exercises, Grading and Other Faculty Instruction
- Works closely with the UW Health Respiratory Care Education Specialists and Student Liaison to coordinate student clinical rotations and clinical exposure sufficient to facilitate achievement of program goals.
- Oversees the hiring of the Director of Clinical Education.
- Secures written agreements of relationships with clinical sites, and evaluates suitability for future clinical sites.
- Demonstrated excellent supervisory, administrative, communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
Develop and Maintain Relationships with Various Departments and Parties Associated with the Affiliation
- Communicates with clinical instructors regarding continuing education activities.
- Responsible for updating policies and program bulletin as needed based on organizational policy and CoARC standards.
- Participates in advisory committee meetings.
- Potentially initiates the development of new allied health concentrations within the Medical Science major.
- Works with the Business Office to maintain budget for Respiratory Therapy program and ensure that there are sufficient financial resources to develop and sustain the program.
Supervise Students in the Program
- Participates in recruitment of students for the respiratory therapy program.
- Oversees application process and participates in student selection including screening of applications, interviews, qualitative and quantitative analysis of applicants, and final decision making in the selection of students for enrollment.
- Provides individual tutoring to students when needed.
- Counsels students on unsatisfactory performance or inability to meet the minimum requirements of the Program.
- Ensures students are well prepared for the NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist exam.
Conduct Formal Lectures, Laboratory Demonstrations, Review Classes and Examinations
- Teaches or is able to teach all courses in the curriculum including: oral and written communication, anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical terminology, ethics, legal issues, quality assurance, and computer applications.
- Selects new textbooks and recent journal articles to update lecture content.
- Prepares detailed written handouts for each lecture.
- Prepares audiovisual materials for each lecture.
- Acts as a substitute instructor when needed.
- Maintains proficiency in new technologies, procedures and instructional methodology related to respiratory therapy.
Engage in Continuing Education Activities
- Maintains and updates clinical skills by performing and observing Respiratory Therapist skills with students in the clinical setting.
- Maintains competency for UW Health by completing all UW competencies and education for members of the Respiratory Therapy Department.
- Participates in contributing new knowledge to the field of medical assisting and / or nursing through participation continuing medical education opportunities.
- Interacts with community groups, local school districts and business and industry regarding their specific training needs.
Necessary Education or Work Experience:
- Master Degree in Respiratory Care, Health Care or Education-related field preferred.
- Minimum of 4 years’ full-time clinical experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least two years’ in clinical respiratory care required.
- Minimum of two years’ experience teaching in an accredited respiratory therapy care program either as an appointed faculty member or as a clinical preceptor.
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) required, with RRT-NRP and RRT-ACCS credentials strongly preferred.
- Valid Wisconsin license as a Respiratory Care Practitioner licensing required.
Required Knowledge and Skills:
- Ability to maintain and utilize specialized respiratory equipment and procedures such as ventilators, medical gases and therapeutic interventions.
- Ability to perform and instruct on a variety of daily tasks associated with Respiratory Therapy.
- Ability to assess student performance in the clinical setting.
- Ability to explain complex concepts involving anatomy, physiology and pathology.
- Ability to organize, coordinate, and integrate academic and clinical lab exercises.
- Ability to supervise and motivate students and Respiratory Therapy faculty.
- Ability to teach to a variety of learners and abilities
- Ability to evaluate all educational outcomes as stated by CoARC and to develop successful action plans to address any area that falls below specified thresholds.
- Ability to communicate with persons of all educational backgrounds.
- Active in professional activities at local, state, and/or national levels.