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 - 3 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/4 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 resuscitation, and an introduction to Positive Pressure ventilation. (Co/Prerequisites: RSPC110, RSPC121, SCIC201)

RSPC132  Pulmonary Evaluation I - 2 Class Hour/2 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)

RSPC140  Respiratory Care Pharmacology I - 3 Class Hour/3 Credit
This course is to enhance the respiratory student's learning of basic pharmacology 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 those agents associated 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. 

RSPC191  RT Clinical Lab I - 4 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: RSPC122, RSPC132)

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: RSPC191)

RSPC213  Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care - 3 Class Hours/3 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 prenatal period, the changes that occur at birth, respiratory and cardiovascular abnormalities, and the respiratory therapy and equipment used to treat such conditions. (Co/Prerequisite: RSPC211)

RSPC219  RT Advanced Care Seminar - 1 Class Hours/1 Credits
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: RSPC281)

RSPC228 Cardiopulmonary Disease I - 3 Class Hour/1 Lab Hours/4 Credit
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.  (Prerequisite: RSPC110 and RSPC121)

RSPC229  Cardiopulmonary Disease II - 3 Class Hours/1 Lab 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.  (Prerequisite: RSPC228)

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: RSPC191)

RSPC281  RT Clinical Lab II - 4 Credits
The 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 the 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: RSPC211, RSPC226, RSPC233)

RSPC282  RT Clinical Lab III - 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 will also be assessed. Evaluation by monitoring EKG, vital signs, hemodynamics and chest x-rays will be applied. Included will rotations on pulmonary rehabilitation, PFT's and sleep lab.  (Prerequisites: All previous RT courses, RSPC 213, RSPC219)