Respiratory Therapy Director of Clinical Education

Respiratory Therapy Director of Clinical Education


Southwestern Community College
447 College Drive
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828-339-4000

Job Location

Sylva, NC


$50,160.00 - $54,009.00 annually


State Health Plan, life insurance,

Job Category

  • Instructional (Faculty)

Application Period

Opens: Friday, January 6, 2023
Closes: Monday, February 13, 2023

Target Start Date

Monday, February 13, 2023

Expected Work Hours

Full Time Faculty

Reports to

Dean of Health Sciences

Employment Type

Full time Faculty; 9 month plus summer session

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum baccalaureate degree from an academic institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is required

Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at   least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care;

Hold a valid RRT credential and current North Carolina state license;

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree preferred

Position Description

Statement of Primary Purpose

The Respiratory Therapy Director of Clinical Education (DCE) must be responsible for all aspects of the clinical experiences of students enrolled in the respiratory therapy program at Southwestern Community College. This includes the organization, administration, continuous review and revision of, planning for and development of location for evolving practice skills as well as responsibility for the general effectiveness of the clinical experience for students. The DCE assigns students to clinical sites, ensures facility onboarding requirements are satisfactorily met prior to the start of rotations, maintains clinical related documentation and verify student’s clinical performance. This person also serves as a point of contact for the clinic sites. In order to achieve this goal, it is expected that the DCE will maintain consistent communication with clinical educators, preceptors, and trainers and make regular visits to the sites where students are being trained. The DCE is also responsible for all aspects of the clinical preceptor education program (PEP) instruction, documents, maintenance and updates.


This position is for the nine-month academic year plus one summer session.



Curriculum faculty, full-time, exempt.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

• Organizes clinical rotations, and schedules for clinical rotations.

• Facilitates the student clinic onboarding process for all clinical sites.

• Serves as a point of contact for clinical facilities and partners.

• Communicates and works with clinical preceptors and clinical staff in a cooperative, professional manner.

• Monitors student performance routinely at clinical sites on a regular basis throughout the semester.

• Maintains ongoing communication with hospital staff as to clinical schedules and status of student experience.

• Evaluates the effectiveness and progression of the clinical experience.

• Maintains clinic related documentation according to the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) standards and requirements. 

• Ensures there are sufficient and a variety of clinical sites for students in the respiratory program, including the satellite program at Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC), to be placed for clinical rotations.

• Serves as a mentor and supervisor to the satellite clinical coordinator at BRCC.

• Establish and maintain affiliation agreements between educational institutions (SCC and BRCC) and clinical organizations.

• Maintains credentials as required by accrediting agencies and regulatory bodies

• Demonstrates and maintains current respiratory therapy area knowledge

• Responsible for teaching the clinical preceptor education program (PEP) course to preceptors and giving CEU’s for participation in the PEP course.

• Work with students in the laboratory or clinical setting to assist them in developing skill proficiencies when indicated.

• Prepare and teach assigned courses in accordance with course outlines and published course schedule.

• Maintain accurate records for each course taught.

• Appropriately challenge, engage, support and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning in a professional, respectful environment.

• Promotes excellence in teaching and service by setting high standards of academic and professional performance.

• Prepare, review, and update course outlines and syllabus on a regular basis.

• Ensures course and program learning outcomes are delivered as defined by the course syllabus

• Serve as liaison between Southwestern Community College and the clinical education sites.

• Is responsible for the establishment of clinical sites and clinical faculty standards under the direction of the Program Director.

• Plan, coordinate, facilitate, administer and monitor activities on behalf of the academic program and in coordination with academic and clinical facility.

• Assists the Program Director with curriculum planning and development of courses as needed.

• Recommend and assist with curriculum revisions, as necessary.

• Assists the Program Director with accreditation site visits and annual reports as needed.

• Assist in student recruitment, advising, and retention.

• Participate in curriculum advisory committee meetings.

• Assist in selection and ordering of equipment, supplies, resources, and textbooks, if applicable.

• Participate in college events and activities.

• Cooperate in scheduled student evaluations of instructor and course.

• Submit all college reports in an accurate timely fashion.

• Be responsible for professional development and maintaining professional competence.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and clinical affiliates.

• Maintain teaching course load in compliance with college and accreditation workload policy

• Adhere to the college academic policies and procedures.


Additional Duties and Responsibilities

• Solution-centered mind set.

• Team player who contributes to a positive environment and a department workplace emphasizing institutional core values.

• Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English

• Demonstrate proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite or similar products, database systems, College email and website, and other computer applications associated with position.

• Attends commencements

• Serves on college and division committees as assigned

• Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications


Minimum baccalaureate degree from an academic institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is required (Master’s Degree preferred)


Knowledge and Skills    

- Minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at   least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care;

- Must be able to pursue ongoing formal training designed to maintain and upgrade professional instruction and administrative competencies

- Have the ability to operate and demonstrate all equipment required to perform the duties of a respiratory therapist


Physical Demands          

The ability to perform all duties associated with the position including, but not limited to lifting, walking, prolonged standing, sitting, bending, stooping, and operating or performing work with associated equipment. Must be able to visit clinic sites for review. 


Licensing Requirement

a. Hold a valid RRT credential and current North Carolina state license;

b. Have a minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with at least two (2) years in clinical respiratory care;

c. Have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience teaching for an accredited respiratory care program either an appointed faculty member or as a clinical preceptor.


Working Conditions and Environment

Campus environment.  Must have the ability to lead instructor-led courses on campus and travel to clinic sites. The clinical coordinator must have regular and consistent contact with students and program faculty regardless of program location.


Equipment Operation

 PC, appropriate educational software and equipment, appropriate medical equipment.


This position description covers the most essential functions and duties associated with this position.  Other duties may be assigned by the President or appropriate supervisory personnel.  The College reserves the right to alter duties, responsibilities, conditions, working hours, and job title as necessary.

How to Apply

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