Respiratory Therapy

RSPT110R   Respiratory Care I - 3 Class Hours/2 Lab Hours/4 Credits
This course emphasizes specific respiratory care therapeutic areas. The topics for discussion are principles of infection prevention and control in the healthcare setting, physical principles of respiratory care, medical gases and their delivery systems, medical gas therapy, humidity therapy, aerosol therapy, storage and the uses of medical gas therapy. The course has simulation activities to enhance learning for the student to achieve specific course competencies. (Prerequisites: SCI201R, RSPT121R)

RSPT115R   Microbiology For Respiratory Care - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits
This course will introduce the respiratory student to basic microbiology concepts and common laboratory practices involved with the diagnosis of infectious diseases of the respiratory tract. Students will learn about normal flora and common pathogens of the respiratory tract. (Prerequisites: RSPT121R, SCI202R)

RSPT121R   Respiratory Physiology - 4 Class Hours/4 Credits
This course is an extensive investigation into the anatomy and physiology of the entire respiratory system. Topics include gross anatomy and histology, internal and external respiration, pulmonary blood flow, the matching of ventilation to perfusion, and the role of the central nervous system in controlling ventilation. (Prerequisites:SCI201R, RSPT110R)

RSPT122R   Respiratory Care II - 2 Class Hours/2 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course is an extension of Respiratory Care I. Topics includes: oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, airway management, acid-base balance, arterial blood gas puncture and analysis, suctioning, manual resuscitation, and an introduction to respiratory failure and the need for ventilatory support. (Prerequisites: SCI210R, SCI202R, RSPT110R, RSPT121R, RSPT132R)

RSPT132R   Pulmonary Evaluation - 2 Class Hours/2 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course emphasizes the clinical evaluation of the pulmonary patient. Assessments such as vital sign monitoring, chest auscultation, visual inspection, palpation, and percussion are introduced to the first year student. Simulation and role playing of various clinical situations in our lab will enhance the classroom experience. Assessment of pulmonary function tests, precise document charting, as well as performing chest physiotherapy will be taught. A history of the Respiratory Therapy Profession will also be covered. (Prerequisities: RSPT110, RSPT121R, SCI201R)

RSPT140R   Respiratory Care Pharmacology I - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course is to enhance the respiratory student’s learning of basic pharmacologic terminology as related to the field of respiratory care. The course concentrates on the pharmacology used to treat the respiratory system, some drugs used in critical care and those agents associate with the cardiovascular system. Student will learn key terms pertaining to drug dosages, calculate drug doses using proportions and percentage-strength solutions. Adverse effects of these agents will be addressed. (Prerequisites: SCI201R, RSPT110R, RSPT121R, RSPT132R)

RSPT191R   Clinical Lab I - 4 Credits
The clinical, bedside, and laboratory application of respiratory care is presented, utilizing the facilities of affiliated clinical sites under the supervision of hospital Respiratory Care Practioners. Clinical affiliations are designed to expose students to an environment in which they can develop their skills providing direct patient care. (Prerequisites:RSPT110R, RSPT121R, RSPT122R, RSPT132R, RSPT228R, RSPT140R, SCI210R, SCI202R)

RSPT211R   Critical Care Respiratory Therapy - 2 Class Hours/2 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course will prepare the students to work in the ICU. This course covers material on how mechanical ventilators work, physiology of ventilatory support, initiating and adjusting invasive and non-invasive ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring of the patient in the ICU, and weaning and discontinuing ventilatory support from the patient. (Prerequisites: RSPT122R, RSPT140R, RSPT228R)

RSPT213R   Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care - 2 Class Hours/2 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course provides the students a fundamental background in the principles and concepts of neonatal and pediatric respiratory therapy. Specific topics that will be discussed will include: growth and development of the fetus, the perinatal period, changes that occur at birth, respiratory and cardiovascular abnormalities, and the respiratory therapy equipment used to treat such conditions. (Prerequisite: RSPT211R)

RSPT219R   Advanced Care Seminar - 1 Class Hour/1 Credit
This course provides a seminar for guided student exchange on trends and issues of Respiratory Therapy related to the practicum ad didactic experience. The rationale for this course is to further enhance the student in making the transition from student to professional by discussing topics relevant to the field of Respiratory Therapy. To further prepare our students for successful completion of the NBRC test. (Prerequisites: All previous Respiratory course work.)

RSPT228R   Cardiopulmonary Disease I - 3 Class Hours/2Lab hours/4 Credits
This course concentrates on pathological conditions of the pulmonary system. Topics discussed cover body defense mechanisms, examination and evaluation of the chest, the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, laboratory data, treatment, and prognosis of a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases. (Prerequisites: RSPT110R, RSPT121R)

RSPT229R   Cardiopulmonary Disease I - 3 Class Hours/2Lab hours/4 Credits
This course concentrates on pathological conditions of the pulmonary system. Topics discussed cover body defense mechanisms, examination and evaluation of the chest, the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, laboratory data, treatment, and prognosis of a variety of cardiopulmonary diseases. (Prerequisites: RSPT228R)

RSPT240R   Advanced EKGs for Healthcare Providers - 3 Class Hours/3 Credits
This course covers the concepts and applications of the art of EKG interpretation. It is designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced healthcare providers desiring a more robust knowledge of the cardiovascular system, cardiac rhythms, electrocardiograms and cardiac drugs used in critical care. (Prerequisites: RSPT132R, RSPT211R, RSPT229R or permission of instructor)

RSPT281R   Clinical Lab II - 4 Credits
During this practicum,  clinical, bedside, and laboratory application of respiratory care is presented, utilizing the facilities of affiliated clinical sites under the supervision of hospital Respiratory Care Practioners. Clinical affiliations are designed to expose students to an environment in which they can develop their skills providing direct patient care. (Prerequisite: RSPT191R)

RSPT282R   Clinical Lab III - 4 Credits
During this practicum, clinical, bedside, and laboratory application of respiratory care is presented, utilizing the facilities of affiliated clinical sites under the supervision of hospital Respiratory Care Practioners. Clinical affiliations are designed to expose students to an environment in which they can develop their skills providing direct patient care. (Prerequisite: RSPT281R)

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