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Respiratory Therapy

RSPC110  Basics of Respiratory Care I - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course covers the characteristics of gases, the delivery of therapy gases to the patient, humidity and aerosol therapy, chest physical therapy techniques. (Co/Prerequisites: SCIC201, RSPC121, matriculation in Respiratory Therapy program.)

RSPC115  Microbiology for Respiratory Care 1 Class Hour/1 Credit
This course will introduce the respiratory therapy student to basic microbiology concepts and common laboratory practices involved with the diagnosis of infectious disease of the respiratory tract. Students will learn about normal flora and common pathogens of the respiratory tract. Case studies will be incorporated into the curriculum. (Prerequisites: RSPC190)

RSPC121  Respiratory Physiology - 3 Class Hours/3 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 and perfusion, the role of the central nervous system in controlling ventilation. (Co/Prerequisites: RSPC110SCIC201)

RSPC122  Basics of Respiratory Care II - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course is an extension of Basics of Respiratory Care I. Topics include: oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, airway management, acid-base balance, arterial blood gas puncture, and instrumentation, suctioning, manual resusitation, and an introduction to Positive Pressure ventilation. (Co/Prerequisites: RSPC110, RSPC121, SCIC201)

RSPC132  Pulmonary Evaluation I - 1 Class Hour/1 Credit
This course emphasizes vital sign monitoring, chest auscultation, visual inspection, palpation, and percussion. Simulation and role playing with students in various clinical situations.  It also provides the student with knowledge of how to perform and assess pulmonary function through testing.  It also provides the student with knowledge of how to perform and assess pulmonary function through testing. (Co/Prerequisites: RSPC110, RSPC121)

RSPC180  RT Clinical Lab I - 3 Credits
This course is a continuation of respiratory techniques in the hospital setting. Included are: review of medical records, patient assessment, gas therapy, incentive spirometry, mucus clearance techniques, aerosol therapy and other respiratory therapeutic modalities in a hospital setting. (Prerequisites: RSPC110, RSPC161)

RSPC190  RT Clinical Lab II - 5 Credits
The clinical experience will enable the student to apply selected didactic information regarding gas therapy and respiratory therapeutic modalities under the direction and supervision of the hospital’s respiratory therapy department. (Prerequisites: SCIC202,RSPC122, RSPC132, RSPC161, RSPC214)

RSPC211  Critical Care Respiratory Therapy - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course covers material on monitoring ICU patients. Discussion of mechanical ventilation includes: modalities, setup, monitoring, weaning, and PEEP therapy. Also covered is closed chest drainage, and arterial catheters. (Co/Prerequisites: RSPC190)

RSPC213  Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits
This course enables the students with the fundamental background and 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, the changes that occur at birth, respiratory and cardiovascular abnormalities, and the respiratory therapy and equipment used to treat such conditions. (Co/Prerequisite: RSPC190)

RSPC214  Disease and Pharmacology I - 3 Class Hours/3 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 obstructive and restrictive respiratory diseases and the pharmacology used to treat those diseases. (Co/Prerequisites: RSPC110, RSPC121)

RSPC219  RT Advanced Care Seminar - 1 Class Hour/1 Credit
This course will familiarize the student with various sub-specialties and advanced procedures in respiratory care such as Sleep Studies, Hyperbarics, Indirect Calorimetry, Stress Testing and Bronchoscopy. Also, there will be preparation for the NBRC Credentialing exams. (Co/Prerequisite: RSPC290)

RSPC226  Disease and Pharmacology II - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits
This course concentrates on pathological condition involving the immune system, nervous system, trauma, cardiovascular system, and other clinical condition as they relate to the respiratory care practitioner. Included is a discussion of the etiology, pathophysiology, pharmacological and respiratory treatment of each disorder. (Co/Prerequisite: RSPC190)

RSPC233  Pulmonary Evaluation II - 2 Class Hours/2 Credits
This course covers the concepts and application of acid-base balance and electrolytes in human physiology. The course is also designed to provide the student with knowledge to evaluate the cardiovascular system via the electrocardiogram tracing and hemodynamic monitoring techniques and waveforms. (Co/Prerequisite: RSPC190)

RSPC280  RT Clinical Lab III - 5 Credits
This clinical experience conducted at various facilities is designed to enable the student to apply the principles of mechanical ventilation, the relationship of proper control to achieve desired parameters, and to monitor the physiological and cardiopulmonary effects on the patient. Also included is the assembling of circuits, setting up and monitoring of the ventilator, troubleshooting of malfunctions and calibrations and administration of medicine through a circuit. Knowledge and techniques regarding airway care to include nasotracheal and endotracheal suctioning, assisting intubation and extubation will also be assessed. Evaluation by monitoring EKG, vital signs, hemodynamics and chest x-rays will be applied. (Prerequisites: All previous RT courses, RSPC 226, RSPC227)

RSPC281  RT Clinical Lab IV - 8 Credits
This clinical experience conducted at various facilities is designed to enable the student to apply the principles of mechanical ventilation, the relationship of proper control to achieve desired parameters, and to monitor the physiological and cardiopulmonary effects on the patient. Also included is the assembling of circuits, setting up and monitoring of the ventilator, troubleshooting of malfunctions and calibrations and administration of medicine through a circuit. Knowledge and techniques regarding airway care to include nasotracheal and endotracheal suctioning, assisting intubation and extubation. Evaluation by monitoring EKG, vital signs, hemodynamics and chest x-rays will be applied. will also be assessed. Included will be rotations on pulmonary rehabilitation, PFT’s and sleep lab. (Prerequisites: All previousRT courses, RSPC213, RSPC219)