Academics

RESP 110 INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program or department approval


RESP 112 FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE I

4 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program


RESP 115 RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program or department approval


RESP 121 FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE II

5 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: RESP 112, RESP 115, and RESP 122 with a grade of "C" or better


RESP 122 CARDIOPULMONARY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

2 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program or department approval


RESP 123 PHARMACOLOGY FOR RESPIRATORY CARE

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an introduction to the study of pharmacologic substances, 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.

Pre-requisite: RESP 112, RESP 115, and RESP 122 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


RESP 125 RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is a continuation of RESP 115 including supervised experience in the administration of respiratory care.

Pre-requisite: RESP 112, RESP 115, and RESP 122 all with a grade of "C" or better


RESP 127 CARDIOPULMONARY DISEASES

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

Pre-requisite: RESP 110, RESP 112, RESP 115, and RESP 122 all with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


RESP 201 INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL VENTILATION

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: RESP 112, 115, 121, 122, 125, 123, and RESP 127 all with a grade of "C" or better


RESP 210 FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE III

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

Pre-requisite: RESP 112, 121, and RESP 127 with a grade of a "C" or better


RESP 220 RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM III

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: RESP 115, 125, and RESP 201 all with a grade of "C" or better


RESP 231 FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE IV

4 Credit Hours (OC)
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 concepts.

Pre-requisite: RESP 112, 121, 201, 210 and RESP 220 with a grade of a "C" or better


RESP 235 RESPIRATORY CARE PRACTICUM IV

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: RESP 115, 125, 201, and RESP 220 with a grade of "C" or better


RESP 240 RESPIRATORY THERAPY CAPSTONE

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course explores the matrices of the National Board for Respiratory Care advanced practice examinations, and licensure process. The review and analysis of the essential components of the respiratory care competencies are presented in a lecture/computer simulation format.

Pre-requisite: RESP 210 and RESP 220 both with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval


RESP 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Department approval