Respiratory Therapist


AIIMS has always been the pioneer in research and front runner in providing skill-based training to the health care workers. Continuing the same endeavor, we are collaborating with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) through Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) to start the Center of Excellence (CoE) at AIIMS campus for providing skill-based technical training to the health care workers.

The first skill development project to be started in this CoE is named as Respiratory Therapist which will be the joint collaboration of AIIMS Bathinda (Training and Certification), PSDM (Candidate mobilization, Financial support and general coordination) and PGRKAM (Punjab Ghar Ghar Rojgar and Karobar Mission) which will be responsible for the placements of the certified candidates in various public and private health care centers. The MoU for the same has already been signed on 24th July 2021.

In this first of its kind project in India, AIIMS will provide ventilator and basic ICU training to the staff nurses from all over the state of Punjab to enable them serve at different places lacking trained ICU manpower. This aims at developing the skilled manpower to help fight CoVID-19 pandemic.

This CoE will provide 3 months training to the BSC nursing candidates so that they can serve at frontline to provide Respiratory Support to the COVID 19 patients in various hospitals. This CoE will train 200 nurses (tentative numbers as numbers will be finalized with mutual consent of both parties) as Respiration Therapist which will work as a pool of 200 master trainers who will not only serve in hospitals but also provide training to the existing nurses of those hospitals. This CoE will work as a model centre for training of trainers in Health sector and can be utilized by Health Sector Skill Council or any other assessment bodies as and when required for Training of Trainers.


Currently in Covid crisis, it is observed on a regular basis that there is strong dearth of trained technical staff in ICU setting especially for management of patients on ventilator (Level 3). There is a paucity of trained technical staffs, who can support the clinicians in the ICU especially in this covid crisis. Not many of the staffs are able to solve the crisis of timely delivery of consumables, calibration and disinfection of equipment, when and where it is required. A trained health care professional specialized as respiratory therapist is expected to bridge the aforementioned gap in the technical areas of ICU on both short- and long-term basis.

Responsibilities of PSDM

  1. Providing funds for the training of 200 nurses including their boarding and lodging at Bathinda. Tentative Cost-INR 50,000 per candidate.
  2. PSDM will ensure support from district administration Bathinda, DPMU and DBEEs as and when required.
  3. Mobilization of nurses BSC nursing through Dept. of Medical Education & Research for the program. or GNM/ANM/PSDM’s trained candidates with minimum 2 years of experience.
  4. IEC and branding of the program.
  5. The Placements of the certified candidates in various public and private health care centers.

Roles of AIIMS Bathinda

  1. Training of 200 candidates as Respiration Therapists
  2. To prepare 3 months module for Respiratory Therapist.
  3. Procurement of necessary tools and equipment as per the demand of the module.
  4. Making initial level screening to check the knowledge base of candidates.
  5. Providing training and certification to candidates in AIIMS Bathinda.
  6. Deployment of infrastructure and trainers as per requirement of the job role.
  7. To prepare 16 master trainers from the trained batches who can further work for training of trainers of PSDM

Scope of Project

The ultimate goal of this program is to develop technical and equipment related skills of staff nurses to function competently in critical care settings in this covid 19 crisis when there is dearth of ventilator trained staff in presence of adequate number of ventilator apparatus. Upon successful completion of the program, the trainees will be awarded certificate by AIIMS.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the in Respiratory Therapist project- the candidates are expected to:

  • Know the basic ICU care including bedding, care of tubing, RT feeding etc.
  • Know the basic fundamentals of oxygen therapy to improve the oxygenation of the patient.
  • Assemble, test, and deliver all Respiratory Care equipment, supplies, devices and consumables.
  • Provide technical training to the Clinical staff, regarding the operational aspects of various Respiratory care equipment and devices.
  • Continuously monitor the units for the timely delivery of equipment as and when needed.
  • Perform the disinfection and sterilization of all the equipment used, and to keep it ready for next use.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the planning and delivery of patient care at all times.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal and psychomotor skills needed to deliver quality patient care.
  • Participate in professional development activities, including self-directed learning and continuing professional education.


Three Months

Mode of Study

In AIIMS Campus: ICU, Covid wards.

Entry Requirements

  • B.Sc. Nursing: from a recognised Nursing College with 60% Qualifying marks with first attempt.
  • GNM from a recognised nursing college with > 60% qualifying marks with 2 years’ work experience from preferably Government medical college/Hospital or Private Medical college or nursing home with ICU facility and minimum 50 beds capacity.

Training Centre

  • Boarding and Lodging will be provided at AIIMS Bathinda.
  • Each course will have maximum of 30 trainees per batch.
  • All Faculty members, Senior & Junior Residents, Staff Nurses along with other resource persons will be the mentors for the programme.

Certification Fees

  • This course certification will be free of cost for the candidates.

Log Book

All the candidates are expected to have a logbook, in which the cases seen, procedures assisted and calibrations performed shall be noted, and to be signed by the designated faculty assigned by the Head of the Department. Faculty should be the in-charge of monitoring and reviewing this logbook and provide continuous feedback to the trainee.

Attendance Requirements

90% attendance is compulsory for the trainees and there shall be genuine reason for rest of 10% absence.

Certification Coursework

  • Attendance requirement, as per the policy of department/ hospital.
  • Completion of Logbook, signed by the Head of the Department/ Assigned Faculty
  • Completion of competency checklist, countersigned by the Head of the Department/ Assigned Faculty (Mandatory).


Assessment: Two parts:
  1. Continuous Evaluation Process
    • Feedback from the assigned preceptor or faculty head this feedback should be obtained and documented every month and as needed.
    • Case study evaluation and Technical competency.
  2. Exit Exam
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Accreditation of certification

  • Combined certification by the Skill development mission and AIIMS Bathinda.

Teaching Methodology

  • Classroom Lectures.
  • Practical ICU Training.
  • Laboratories (Skill Lab)
  • Computer assisted interactive instructional programs
  • Weekly reading assignments
  • Webinars
  • Presentations
  • Group discussion of case studies

Award of Certification

Upon the successful completion of certification coursework and final exit exam, the candidate will be announced to have cleared the "Respiratory Therapist”.

Important Instructions for Candidates

Candidates are advised to read carefully and comply with these instructions, as also the instructions given by the Invigilator/Venue Superintendent/Supervisor at the test venue.

Before the Exam


  • Timing of Exam: 1 PM to 3 PM. (2 Hours)
  • Venue of Examination: Academic Block, Central University of Punjab, V.P.O Ghudda, Punjab.
  • Reach the exam centre Two hours before the scheduled time. Candidate entry in the test centre will be stopped 30 minutes before the start of exam and no candidate will be allowed to enter after 12.30 PM.
  • Candidates must bring  the following documents for examination:
    • Filled admit card (Application Form filled on PSDM website) with Roll number written over it by hand (please check the roll number on the website) and recent passport size colour photo pasted over it.
    • Government issued ID card (original; Aadhar Card/Voter ID Card/Driving license/Passport)
    • Self-attested photocopy of 10th class certificate
    • Self-attested photocopy of Qualifying Exam Certificate (B.Sc Nursing/GNM)
    • Self-attested photocopy of Nursing Council registration certificate
    • Self-attested photocopy of 2 Years’ Experience certificate (Only in case of GNM)
  • No other document than the above is required to be carried.
  • Do not carry any original certificates other than Identity card.
  • Carry your own only Blue/Black ball pen and three ply masks.
  • Please comply to the covid-19 precautions like social distancing and wearing three ply mask.
  • Mobile Phones will not be allowed in the examination centre.


At Time of Entry


  • Show your Admit Card and the official govt. authorized ID.
  • Obey all guidelines in order to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Candidates will be scanned through thermo guns and will be asked to sanitize their hands before entering.



During Exam


  • The candidate will be provided with the question paper and OMR sheet.
  • The candidates will not be permitted to leave the examination hall till the end of examination.
  • DO NOT attempt to cheat or make any suspicious movements which can cause disqualification.
  • The invigilator will mark the attendance of the candidate and collect the required documents from the candidate during the examination.


After Exam

  • Once finished, candidates will have to leave the exam centre in an orderly fashion.
  • Candidates will have to submit the Question paper along with the answer booklet to the invigilator.


COVID-19 Safety Instructions


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to maintain social distancing and keep your hand sanitizers at all time.

  • DO NOT remove your mask at any point of time.
  • DO NOT touch your eyes, ears and nose. Use your handkerchief if required
  • Obey all instructions and rules as laid down by the officials.


Health comes first. Be cautious. Be safe and be aware. All the best!!

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