Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Lynda T. Goodfellow, Ed.D., RRT, FAARC
Douglas S. Gardenhire, Ed.D, RRT-NPS, FAARC
Ralph “Chip” Zimmerman, MSM, RRT-NPS
BACKGROUND:RT was primarily introduced in Saudi Arabia by military hospitals beginning in the late 1970s. Currently, Saudi Arabia does not have a certification board for RT and, therefore, all of the RTs in Saudi Arabia who graduated from national colleges do not have credentials. PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the need for developing a board for RT in Saudi Arabia, and also to determine how Saudi RTs perceived the value of certification board for RT. METHODS: Data were collected through a descriptive survey. The survey was used to examine the assessment of need to develop SBRT, and to determine how Saudi RTs perceived the value of certification. The web- link survey was e-mailed to all RTs who are member of the Saudi Society for Respiratory Care (SCRC), which has total of 750 members. The survey consisted of two parts: Assessment of need for SBRT, and perceived value certification tool (PVCT). RESULTS: two hundreds and forty responded with a response rate of 32%. Eighty percent of the participants were male, and 18% were female. Fifty three percent of the participants identified themselves as credentialed RTs, and 46% participants were non-credentialed RTs. The participants’ degree level reported was Associate degree (13%), Bachelor’s degree (63%), Master’s degree (21%), and Doctoral degree (3%). Ninety percent of the participants work for the government institutions, whereas 10 % work for the private institutions. There was no statistically significant difference at the level of 0.05 between credentialed RTs and non-credentialed in terms of the perception towards the development of SBRT (z = -1.81, p= .071). There is also no statistically significant difference between credentialed and non-credentialed (p =. 779) at the level of .05 in terms of how they perceived the certification value. CONCLUSION: These findings can provide SRTs the opportunity to promote and discuss the development of the KSA certification board within the field of RT.
Alwadeai, Khalid S., "A Needs and Value Assessment in Developing a Saudi Board of Respiratory Therapy." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2015.