Respiratory Care Practitioner Applicant (#TH5350)
$25.62-$31.14 Hourly / $4,439.98-$5,396.83 Monthly / $53,279.87-$64,762.02 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, administers respiratory therapy treatments to patients as ordered by a physician; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the trainee class in the Respiratory Care Practitioner series. An employee in this class is being trained to administer a wide variety of respiratory therapy treatments utilizing technical skills.


  • Sets up and operates respiratory equipment and apparatus in the administration of respiratory therapy treatment as prescribed by a physician.
  • Learns to operate blood gas analysis equipment and reports results.
  • Makes rounds to check and make operating adjustments to respiratory therapy equipment in use or on standby in patient areas; cleans, assembles, maintains, and repairs equipment as needed.
  • Sets up and maintains long-term ventilators.
  • Learns to perform screening pulmonary function tests.
  • Assists cardiac arrest team, when needed, by supplying oxygen, performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation or artificial respiration or securing and maintaining respiration equipment.
  • Reads patients' charts and checks transcribed orders against those of the physician.
  • Reports to immediate supervisor any unsafe practices or irregular occurrences related to work.


Licenses and Certificates: Possession of work permit issued by the State of California Respiratory Care Board.


Current principles, methods, and techniques of respiratory therapy; chemistry of gases used in respiratory therapy and their effect upon the human body; care and operation of equipment used in respiratory therapy.


Administer respiratory therapy treatments; maintain and perform minor repairs to respiratory therapy equipment and to adjust it to individual patient needs; follow oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, physicians, co-workers, and others; keep records and prepare reports.


Mobility-Frequent operation of a keyboard, standing for long periods of time, walking, pushing/pulling and bending/squatting; occasional sitting for long periods of time, operating heavy equipment, running and stair climbing; Frequency of Lifting-Frequent lifting of 5 to 30 lbs.; occasional lifting of 30 to 70 lbs., and restraining, lifting/turning heavy objects or people; Visual Requirements-Constant use of overall vision, color perception, eye/hand coordination and depth perception; frequent reading/close up work and field of vision/peripheral; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing on the telephone/radio, talking in person and talking on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological Factors-Constant public contact and concentration; frequent exposure to emergency situations, trauma, grief or death, decision making and working weekends/nights; occasional exposure to hazardous materials, working alone and overtime/travel; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, indoor cold/heat and hazardous materials.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: TH5350; EST: 11/4/2004;