Respiratory Care

RESP 1100 – Introduction to RT Profession

1 credit

This introductory course will provide insight into the evolution of the respiratory therapist occupation. Students will learn about the credentialing and licensing bodies associated with the profession. The concepts of professionalism, confidentiality, teamwork, legal issues, ethical, cultural issues and communication techniques will be integrated throughout the course.

RESP 1101 – Fundamentals of Respiratory Care

5 credits | Prerequisite: acceptance into Respiratory Care program | Corequisites: RESP 1102, BIOL 2206 and PHYS 1140

This is an introductory course to establish basic clinical assessment skills needed by a respiratory care professional to initiate basic care to the patient. Patient assessment will include obtaining, evaluating and treating abnormal findings of vital signs and pulse oximetry. The students will then learn appropriate charting methods. Low flow and high flow delivery devices for oxygen administration will also be included. The concept of utilizing therapist driven protocols and evidence based medicine will be introduced and implemented with each therapeutic modality.

The directed practice (clinical) will provide students with the hands-on experience to patients receiving respiratory therapy. Students will actively perform patient assessment and therapeutic skills acquired through lab skills evaluations under the supervision of a staff respiratory therapist at local medical facilities. Students will observe therapists performing more advanced levels of respiratory therapy.

The course is designed to include the basic principles of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on the use of word parts including prefixes, suffixes and root words used with a combining form to establish medical terms. The course provides an overview of body systems used in conjunction with terminology. Correct spelling, definition and pronunciation of medical terms is stressed. Communication, both written and verbally, between health care professionals and between the health professional and patient is emphasized.

RESP 1120 – Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology

3 credits | Prerequisite: acceptance into Respiratory Care program | Corequisites: RESP 1101, BIOL 2206 and PHYS 1140

This introductory course will provide a solid foundation in cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology with relevant applied physiology as it relates to the profession of respiratory care. Knowledge in this course is essential for successfully completing respiratory therapy courses.

RESP 1107 – Pharmacology for the Respiratory Therapist

1 credit | Prerequisites: RESP 1101 and RESP 1102 | Corequisites: RESP 1110, RESP 1115, RESP 1117 and ENGL 1101

This course will provide a strong foundation of the drugs presently pertaining to the field of respiratory care. General principles of pharmacology as those applied to aerosol drug therapy, IV and instilled drugs will be taught along with calculations of drug doses. Non-aerosol drugs such as antibiotic therapy, diuretics and cardiovascular drugs will also be covered.

RESP 1110 – Respiratory Therapeutics

5 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 1101 and RESP 1102 | Corequisites: RESP 1107, RESP 1115, RESP 1117 and ENGL 1101

This course will be a continuation of oxygen therapy as discussed in RESP 1101 with the addition of bland aerosol and humidification. Administering and monitoring effectiveness of medicated aerosol therapy will be covered. Noninvasive and invasive airway clearance techniques and lung expansion devices will be presented. Students will learn the proper technique of attaining and analysis of arterial blood gases.

The directed practice (clinical) will provide students with the hands-on experience to patients receiving respiratory therapy. Students will actively perform patient assessment and therapeutic skills acquired through lab skills evaluations under the supervision of a staff respiratory therapist at local medical facilities. Students will observe therapists performing more advanced levels of respiratory therapy.

RESP 1115 – Cardiopulmonary Disease

3 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 1101 and RESP 1102 | Corequisites: RESP 1107, RESP 1110, RESP 1117 and ENGL 1101

This is an intermediate course to the profession of respiratory therapy, which covers the underlying pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary diseases. A systems approach will be utilized that will emphasize abnormal physiological processes which result in the signs and symptoms of each cardiopulmonary disorder. There will be an emphasis in diagnosis, selection and implementation of therapeutic modalities and the role of the respiratory therapist in treatment.

RESP 1117 – Pulmonary Diagnostics & Procedures

3 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 1101 and RESP 1102 | Corequisites: RESP 1107, RESP 1110 and RESP 1115

The focus of this lecture course is to study the basic principles of electrophysiology, pulmonary diagnostics and special procedures. Special procedures include bronchoscopy, thoracentesis and chest tubes. Emphasis is placed on technical aspects as well as analyzing results. A detailed study of the electrocardiogram procedure including indications, performing, troubleshooting and interpretation of the test will be discussed. Students will be able to recognize and distinguish between normal and abnormal ECG tracings.

RESP 2204 – Pediatrics & Neonatal

3 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 1107, RESP 1110, RESP 1115 and RESP 1117 | Corequisites: RESP 2205 and PSYC 1110

Students will learn the pathology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of the cardiopulmonary diseases unique to the newborn and pediatric patient population. There will be discussion of the development of the fetus, high-risk pregnancies and finally the role respiratory therapists play in labor and delivery.

RESP 2205 – Critical Care I

7 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 1107, RESP 1110, RESP 1115 and RESP 1117 | Corequisites: RESP 2204 and PSYC 1110

This course will further the student’s knowledge of artificial airway management and the implementation of mechanical ventilation. Various modes and types of ventilation will be discussed. The course will conclude with the process of weaning or terminating the use of mechanical ventilation support.

The directed practice (clinical) will provide students with the hands–on experience to patients receiving respiratory therapy. Students will actively perform patient assessment and therapeutic skills acquired through lab skills evaluations under the supervision of staff respiratory therapist at local medical facilities. Students will observe therapists performing more advanced levels of respiratory therapy.

RESP 2206 – Critical Care II

8 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 2204, RESP 2205 and PSYC 1110 | Corequisites: BIOL 2210 and PSYC 1111

This is an advanced course to the profession of respiratory therapy which covers the underlying pathology and pathophysiology and management of respiratory failure, sepsis, shock, trauma and cardiovascular collapse. This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of how to manage patients in the intensive care units utilizing ventilators, pharmacology and fluid filled monitoring systems by indwelling catheters. In addition, students will be prepared to perform hemodynamic and metabolic measurements, interpret and apply data and learn advanced techniques of cardiopulmonary life support.

The directed practice (clinical) will provide students with the hands-on experience to patients receiving respiratory therapy. Students will actively perform patient assessment and therapeutic skills acquired through lab skills evaluations under the supervision of staff respiratory therapist at local medical facilities. Students will observe therapists performing more advanced levels of respiratory therapy.

RESP 2209 – Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings

1 credit | Prerequisites: RESP 2206 | Corequisites: RESP 2210 and RESP 2223

The focus of this lecture course is to inform students of alternative settings for providing respiratory care, rehabilitation and related testing. Home care/home medical equipment, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy will all be covered. Students will also be exposed to various levels of management in the respiratory profession.

RESP 2210 – Capstone

2 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 2206 | Corequisites: RESP 2209 and RESP 2223

This is an advanced course to the profession of respiratory care which includes a comprehensive review of the respiratory care curriculum to prepare students for their credentialing examinations. Students will be expected to pass mock certification and registry examinations as well as the CWRRT SAE in order to pass this course.

RESP 2223 – Capstone Clinical

5 credits | Prerequisites: RESP 2206 | Corequisites: RESP 2209 and RESP 2210

The clinical time will allow the student to continue their hands-on learning. Students will actively perform therapeutic skills they have acquired through lab skills evaluations under the supervision of a staff respiratory therapist at local medical facilities. In addition, students will be able to choose an area of respiratory care that they wish to specialize in. This can involve gaining further knowledge and skills in an area they have already worked or an ancillary service like home care, polysomnography, pulmonary function testing, stress testing, etc.