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Abolished Date: 2015-08-14


Provide advanced respiratory therapy to patients.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under direct supervision, receive orientation and training in patient care procedures.

Typical Work

Provide therapy as ordered by the physicians, such as chest physio-therapy, hyper-inflation, nebulization, oxygen therapy, monitoring of continuous artificial ventilation;

Deliver, setup, and maintain respiratory equipment on patients and give instructions on its proper use;

Initiate cardio-pulmonary resuscitation techniques;

Perform the work of Respiratory Assistant;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

Obtain licensure as a Respiratory Care Practitioner by the State of Washington by passing the first available examination for licensure.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of an accredited respiratory care therapy program approved by the State of Washington Department of Health

Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New Class: 12-14-73
Revise Class: 10-15-76
Abolish Class: 10-20-86
Reinstate/Revise Class: 4-18-88
Revise Class/Title: 12-4-92
Revise MQ: 7-9-99
Revised new class code: (formerly 6154) effective July 1, 2007

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