Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Course Descriptions

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BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4 credits – The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab with a grade of C or better

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4 credits – The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination, and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

BIO185 Microbiology with lab

3 credits – This lecture-laboratory course emphasizes a survey of general topics needed by students entering careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring a background in microbiology. The course covers aspects of microbial function, nutrition and growth, metabolism, energy procurement, medical genetics, genetic engineering, control using physical and chemical agents, host-parasitic relationships as well as beneficial roles of microorganisms. Coordinated laboratory exercises enhance and support the lecture topics.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry

4 credits – An introductory course which assumes a minimal student background in mathematics and chemistry. The course is intended to serve students in allied health programs and any student desiring an application-oriented, less theoretical approach to chemistry. The course introduces students to the practical aspects and basic concepts of chemistry including measurements, dimensional analysis, matter, energy, atoms, elements, the Periodic Chart, nuclear chemistry, chemical bonding, nomenclature, an introduction to organic chemistry, chemical quantities, formulas, gases, chemical calculations, balancing equations, solutions, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, and equilibrium. Coordinated laboratory exercises are intended to emphasize topics covered in the lecture as well as stress basic laboratory techniques.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in MAT063 Elementary Algebra OR appropriate placement score.

CSC110 Introduction to Computers

3 credits – An introductory course in electronic information processing and information system management designed to provide the students with a general understanding of computer hardware and software and the facility to use this knowledge in the creation and management of useful information. Students will be given hands-on experience with operating system, word processing, database management, presentation and spreadsheet software. Exposure to and use of the Internet, including security and privacy concerns, is an integral part of the course. Basic computer literacy is expected for students entering this course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

A minimum grade of 'C' in RDG039 College Preparatory Reading II or appropriate Compass score.

Other Requirements: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences

2 credits – This course presents the foundation necessary to develop a basic medical terminology vocabulary. Emphasis on the components of terms as related to each body system will be provided. The course further provides the student with the opportunity to properly spell, pronounce, and utilize medical terms. The utilization of a medical dictionary will also be a focus.

Lecture Hours: 32

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

RCP100 Introduction to Respiratory Care

3 credits – This course introduces the student to the fundamentals of Respiratory Care. The field of Respiratory Care will be examined to determine opportunities and policies in the profession. It will establish a strong foundation in bedside assessment including vital signs, chest assessment, evaluating work of breathing, and patient history. Also covered will be the therapeutic uses of medical gases, infection control procedures, and proper maintenance of records. Humidity and aerosol therapy will be studied in detail.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Must complete all Pre-Respiratory courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Course Fee: $170.00

RCP260 Airway Maintenance Procedures

4 credits – This course will develop the skills required to assess, diagnose, and manage a patient's airway. It specifically describes the Respiratory Therapist's role in maintaining a patent airway by using lung expansion therapy, bronchial hygiene techniques, and suctioning. The insertion, maintenance, and removal of artificial airways, which include endotracheal tubes and tracheostomy tubes, will be discussed in detail.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

RCP315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics

4 credits – This course is a detailed study of the respiratory, circulatory, and renal systems as they apply to respiratory care. The procedure and analysis of arterial blood gas sampling will be discussed in detail along with the pharmacologic interventions used to ease the work of breathing. This course provides a foundation for the study of respiratory and cardiovascular disorders and the interventions made to alleviate them.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Course Fee: $100.00

RCP350 Pulmonary Pathology

3 credits – This course includes principles of pathology and how the cardiopulmonary system is affected by various disease processes from prenatal life through old age. This includes the effects of inflammatory processes, immunological processes, neoplastic processes, and the effects of lifestyle on the body.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

Course Fee: $0.00

RCP410 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics

3 credits – This course covers advanced cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests. It includes pulmonary function tests, stress tests, imaging studies, noninvasive monitors, bronchoscopies, cardioversions, polysomnography, indwelling lines, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Ethical issues for Respiratory Therapists will also be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 565 Intensive Respiratory Care and a minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 690 Clinical Intensive Care

Course Fee: $0.00

RCP561 Introduction to Ventilator Support

3 credits – This course prepares the student to initiate and manage invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 64

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 100 Intro to Respiratory Care and a minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 260 Airway Maintenance Procedures

Co-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics and a minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 680 Clinical Respiratory Care

RCP565 Intensive Respiratory Care

3 credits – This course expands the student's ability to manage mechanical ventilators by utilizing ventilator graphics to change settings as the patient improves or deteriorates. The student will learn about monitoring a patient's cardiopulmonary status with indwelling arterial lines, cardiac monitors, hemodynamic monitors, transcutaneous monitors, and capnography. Electrocardiograms and common intensive care drugs given to critical patients will also be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: RCP315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics and RCP560 Introduction to Ventilator Support

Course Fee: $270.00

RCP600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory

3 credits – This course provides in-depth knowledge into the complex problems associated with the neonatal and pediatric population. Neonatal and pediatric assessment, monitoring, and respiratory intervention will be a major focus. Abnormal conditions that occur during the transition from fetal development, to the perinatal period, to the pediatric stages of life will also be discussed. Simulation will be used to demonstrate the ability to identify and treat common abnormalities found in this population.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in RCP100 Intro to Respiratory Care and a minimum grade of C in RCP260 Airway Maintenance Procedures.

Co-requisites: A minimum grade of C in RCP680 Clinical Respiratory Care.

Course Fee: $125.00

RCP680 Clinical Respiratory Care

4 credits – This course introduces the student to the hospital setting to develop important skills in communicating with patients and other health care personnel. The student will perform valuable patient assessments as well as basic respiratory care modalities. The modalities included are: oxygen therapy, lung expansion therapy, medication delivery, bronchial hygiene, intubation, extubation, suctioning, and tracheostomy care.

Lecture Hours: 0 Clinic Hours: 192

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in RCP100 Introduction to Respiratory Care and RCP260 Airway Maintenance Procedures.

RCP690 Clinical Intensive Care

8 credits – This course expands clinical situations into the intensive care units, which includes invasive and noninvasive ventilators and hemodynamically unstable patients.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 384

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 350 Pulmonary Pathology,
A minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 561 Intro to Ventilator Support , and
A minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 680 Clinical Respiratory Care

Co-requisites: A minimum grade of 'C' in RCP 565 Intensive Respiratory Care

Course Fee: $395.00

RCP875 Respiratory Care Applications

2 credits – This course is a summary course to combine textbook knowledge with application skills. It will test the student's ability in turning recalled information into better decision-making processes.

Lecture Hours: 16 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in RCP315 Cardiopulmonary Therapeutics, RCP350 Pulmonary Pathology, RCP561 Introduction to Ventilator Support, and RCP600 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory

Co-requisites: A minimum grade of C in RCP410 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics, RCP565 Intensive Respiratory Care, and RCP690 Clinical Intensive Care

Course Fee: $420.00

RCP900 Clinical Preceptor

4 credits – This course prepares the student for real-life hospital situations. The student will be expected to complete a full work day doing the full workload of an assigned Staff Therapist (preceptor). The student is expected to handle all aspects of respiratory care including pager interruptions and new situations. The preceptor will monitor the student at all times and will offer support if needed.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 256

Pre-requisites: RCP680 Clinical Respiratory Care and RCP690 Clinical Intensive Care

RCP910 Respiratory Care RRT Review

2 credits – This course is designed to test the student's ability to successfully earn passing scores on advanced-level examinations. Mock Written Registry and Clinical Simulation examinations will be a focus of this course. Review of an entry-level examination (CRT) will also be provided. Examinations will be administered after completion of a comprehensive review seminar.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in RCP875 Respiratory Care Applications.

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

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Linda Butler
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Program Advisors

Jamie Bute
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Candace Croft
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