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Respiratory Therapy Foundations

RESP 0101 (F) 3 hrs. cr.  Entry level information is presented regarding respiratory care history from its conception to its current goals and standing. Topics covered include medical terminology, hospital and respiratory care department structure and management, psychosocial aspects of patient care and medical ethics. A clinical session, allows the student an orientation rotation at the program's clinical sites. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program.

Cardiopulmonary Sciences

RESP 0102 (F) 3 hrs. cr.  Focuses on the sciences used in the practice of respiratory care. Emphasis will be placed upon physics, chemistry and microbiology and infection control as related to the cardiopulmonary sciences. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program and completion of a college-level math course.

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

RESP 0105 (S) 3 hrs. cr.  An in-depth presentation of the cardiopulmonary system, its abnormalities and corrective techniques as related to respiratory care. Included are the concepts of the cardiovascular system, ventilation, diffusion of pulmonary gases, hemodynamic measurements, ventilation perfusion relationships, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, acid base balance and arterial blood gas analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, college level math course and completion of BIO 121.

Respiratory Therapy Procedures

RESP 0107 (F) 3 hrs. cr.  Theory and practice of basic respiratory care procedures as outlined in the National Board for Respiratory Therapy (NBRC) CRT examination content outline. Including cardiopulmonary assessment, medical gas administration, oxygen therapy, equipment maintenance, chest physiotherapy, chest expansion therapy, airway management, bedside pulmonary function testing, arterial puncture and administering medicated aerosol therapy. Prerequisites: Admission to the respiratory care program and concurrent enrollment or completion of the Respiratory Therapy Procedures Laboratory course.

Respiratory Therapy Procedures Laboratory

RESP 0108 (F) 3 hrs. cr.  Students practice entry level respiratory care procedures, using state-of-the-art equipment, in the clinical laboratory under simulated patient situations. The student will address the three difficulty levels of learning, in the laboratory environment (Recall, Application and Analysis). Prerequisites: Admission to the respiratory care program and concurrent enrollment or completion of RESP 107.

Cardiopulmonary Pathology

RESP 0120 (S) 3 hrs. cr.  Study of concepts and theory of selected cardiopulmonary diseases, to include: definition, clinical manifestations, etiology, pathologic, radiological and laboratory findings; prevention, prognosis and treatment. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program and completion of BIO 121.

Clinical Respiratory Therapy Experience I

RESP 0125 (S) 3 hrs. cr.  Clinical instruction supplemented by clinical SOAP assessments that allow the student to apply the classroom and laboratory respiratory care competencies mastered in specific respiratory care courses. Prerequisites: RESP 107 & RESP 108.

Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

RESP 0129 (F) 3 hrs. cr.  Comprehensive overview of the general principles of pharmacology. Focuses on the drugs and drug groups that are either administered by respiratory care personnel or those that play a role in the care of cardiopulmonary patients. Prerequisite: BIO 121 and admission to the respiratory care program.

Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (Life Support Technology)

RESP 0222 (F) 4 hrs. cr.  Emphasis on the technical components of mechanical ventilators, their classification, principles of operation, attachments and the flow/pressure/volume curves generated by various ventilators, as well as compliance and resistance. An introduction to the management of patients receiving mechanical ventilation will be presented in a laboratory format. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program.

Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics

RESP 0226 (S) 3 hrs. cr.  Theory, application and equipment for diagnosing respiratory pathologies through the diagnostic concepts used in respiratory care. Include techniques utilized for measurement of lung gas volumes, capacities, flows and cardiopulmonary status during exercise testing. Basic EKG interpretation will be presented. A secured SAE will be administered during the course. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program.

Clinical and Laboratory Experience II

RESP 0239 (F) 5 hrs. cr.  Clinical instruction supplemented by clinical SOAP assessments that allow the student to apply the knowledge and respiratory care skills mastered in the Respiratory Therapy courses: Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics, Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation and Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory care in the laboratory and clinical setting. The course will emphasize ventilator care, diagnostic procedures and alternate site care (home care). Prerequisite: RESP 125.

Cardiopulmonary Assessment

RESP 0307 (S) 6 hrs. cr.  A systematic approach to advanced cardiopulmonary patient assessment. Emphasis is on evaluation of the respiratory care plan based upon laboratory data, electrocardiogram interpretation, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid base balance and oxygen transport, pulmonary function testing, exercise testing, interpretation of chest x-rays, bronchoscopy and hemodynamic monitoring. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program. In addition the course addresses ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support). Course will consist of four (4) lecture hours and four (4) lab/clinical hours each week.

Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy

RESP 0311 (F) 3 hrs. cr.  Respiratory care of the neonatal and pediatric population beginning with fetal development and continuing through assessments of infants including, gestational age, APGAR scoring and Silverman scoring. Various heart/lung deficiencies will also be discussed as well as treatment modalities. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program.

Advanced Mechanical Ventilation (Advanced Life Support)

RESP 0312 (S) 3 hrs. cr.  A continuation of the Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (Life Support Technology) course. In-depth study of ventilator management in critical care, long-term care and the home environment utilizing case studies and clinical problem based learning sessions. Prerequisite: RESP 222 and admission to respiratory care program.

Alternate Site Respiratory Therapy (Writing Intensive)

RESP 0313 (F) 3 hrs. cr.  Theoretical aspects of providing respiratory care at alternate sites. Includes components of home respiratory care, extended care units, long term care facilities, ventilator rehabilitation centers, physician offices, land/air transport, outpatient diagnostic clinics. Introduces the fundamentals of teaching and learning theories. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program.

Advanced Level Respiratory Therapy Clinical Experience

RESP 0340 (S) 5 hrs. cr.  Progressive process of developing cognitive levels at the recall, application and analysis levels as a respiratory care practitioner. Correlates directly with the Advanced Mechanical Ventilation (Advanced Life Support ) course, Cardiopulmonary Assessment, Neonate/Pediatric and the Alternate Site (Management/ Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Home Care) courses, to provide the student a clinical environment to demonstrate these learned advanced-level respiratory care competencies. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program and concurrent enrollment or completion of theory coursework.

Research Issues, Methods and Problems in Respiratory Therapy

RESP 0341 (S) 1 hr. cr.  Directed research and discussion in selected areas of respiratory care for advanced-level respiratory therapist. Course work includes independent literature search under the supervision of a respiratory care instructor that utilizes the student's program acquired respiratory care critical thinking, writing and oral presentation skills. Research scope, depth and area of concentration to be approved by the program director. A secure WRRT exam will be administered during this course.

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