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RESP 076: CURRENT CONCEPTS IN RESPIRATORY CARE

1 hr. (VSC)

Prerequisite: CRT or RRT credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care or department approval

This course is designed to update knowledge in patient assessment, patient care skills, and new equipment. This course is repeatable three times for license renewal. Fourteen lecture and ten laboratory hours in four days or equivalent.

RESP 110: INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program or department approval

This course is an introduction to the respiratory care profession and the organization of the service in the acute hospital setting. Legal and ethical principles will be discussed. Workplace skills and professionalism will be emphasized.

RESP 112: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE I

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program

A beginning study of the elementary techniques used in respiratory care are covered and practiced. Included in this course are hyperinflation therapy, chest physiotherapy, medical gas therapy, aerosol therapy, humidity therapy, gas cylinders and regulators, and basic sciences for respiratory care.

RESP 115: RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program or department approval

This course includes an orientation to the hospital and an introduction to medical terminology and specific respiratory care techniques and basic health skills in a laboratory setting. Students will observe and perform respiratory care techniques in a supervised clinical setting. Sixteen laboratory or supervised practice hours per week.

RESP 121: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE II

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 110, 112, 115, and 122 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a continuation of RESP 112. Included in this course are pulmonary function testing, blood gas analysis and interpretation, airway management, and basic mechanical ventilation concepts.

RESP 122: CARDIOPULMONARY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program or department approval

This course gives instruction in the structure and function of the normal cardiopulmonary, vascular and renal anatomy. Mechanics of ventilation, respiration, gas transport, and neurologic control of ventilation will be stressed.

RESP 123: PHARMACOLOGY FOR RESPIRATORY CARE

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 110, 112, 115, and 122 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is an introduction to the study of drugs, their properties, and classifications. Emphasis will be placed on the types of medication used in respiratory care. Also included is microbiology and sterilization techniques for respiratory care.

RESP 125: RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 110, 112, 115, and 122 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a continuation of RESP 115 including supervised experience in the administration of respiratory care.

RESP 127: CARDIOPULMONARY DISEASES

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 110, 112, 115, and 122 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is an introduction to the study of disease with an emphasis on cardiopulmonary disorders: their etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

RESP 201: INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL VENTILATION

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 121 and 125 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is designed to introduce the respiratory therapist student to intermediate concepts of mechanical ventilation. Emphasis will be on theory and application, measurement of airway resistance, lung/thorax compliance, and guidelines for correct ventilator-patient interface.

RESP 210: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE III

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 121, 123, and 127 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a continuation of RESP 121 including pulmonary rehabilitation, invasive monitoring, non-invasive monitoring, special respiratory procedures, and advanced mechanical ventilation concepts.

RESP 220: RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM III

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 121, 123, and 127 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a continuation of RESP 125 including clinical experience in the administration of respiratory care in local respiratory care departments. Emphasis is on adult critical care procedures. Supervision will be provided by qualified respiratory personnel.

RESP 231: FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE IV

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 210 and 220 with a grade of a "C" or better

This course is a continuation of advanced respiratory care procedures. Emphasis is placed on neonatal, pediatric, and critical respiratory care. Also included are advanced physiology and review for national boards.

RESP 235: RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM IV

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 210 and 220 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a continuation of RESP 220 including clinical experience in the administration of respiratory care in local respiratory care departments. Emphasis is on adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care procedures. Supervision will be provided by qualified respiratory personnel.

RESP 240: RESPIRATORY THERAPY CAPSTONE

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: RESP 210 and 220 with a grade of "C" or better or departmental approval

This is a course in which the matrices of the National Board for Respiratory Care advanced practice examinations are explored. The review and analysis of the essential components of the respiratory care competencies are presented in a lecture/computer simulation format.

RESP 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the student the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit. Three to fifteen laboratory hours per week or equivalent.