Introduces students to the profession of respiratory therapy. Includes field trips and limited lab activities. Open to all students.
Provides laboratory experiences to develop basic patient interaction and assessment skills required of an entry-level respiratory therapist. Emphasizes students’ ability to carry out commonly ordered respiratory therapy procedures. Includes participation in respiratory care simulations. Course lab fee of $225 applies.
Provides laboratory experience with mechanical ventilation techniques and equipment. Emphasizes patient observation and assessment skills, as well as techniques in initiating, troubleshooting, monitoring, managing, and weaning ventilator parameters.Course lab fee of $217 applies.
Introduces anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and renal systems. Includes principles of fluid dynamics governing oxygen and carbon dioxide transport throughout the body.
Covers the underlying pathophysiology of medical and surgical cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasizes abnormal physiological processes which result in the signs and symptoms of each cardiopulmonary disorder. Includes diagnosis, selection, and implementation of therapeutic modalities and the role of the respiratory therapist in treatment.
Introduces basic patient assessment techniques, including respiratory therapy application of obtaining patient history and physical examination. Emphasizes integration of laboratory and imaging studies.
Introduces theory and clinical application of basic cardiopulmonary diagnostic studies, including simple spirometry, arterial and mixed venous blood gases, and electrocardiograms. Emphasizes critical thinking skills in interpretation of diagnostic findings.
Examines principles and theory of clinical application of basic respiratory treatments and therapies, including indications, contraindications, hazards and complications, and equipment management. Includes principles and theory of clinical application of airway management and invasive and non-invasive ventilation. Emphasizes patient assessment and critical thinking skills.
Introduces basic principles of mechanical ventilation, including determining the need for ventilation support, as well as initiation, maintaining, monitoring, and weaning from mechanical ventilation.
Provides a comprehensive review to integrate concepts and skills in Respiratory Therapy.
Provides learning experiences for students to develop a deep and broad understanding of respiratory care content based on sound clinical decision making. Requires students to solve practical problems in respiratory care.
Introduces pharmacology, including general principles, autonomic and central nervous system agents, cardiovascular agents, and immunotherapeutic agents. Includes the study of drugs used in managing renal, GI tract, endocrine, and infectious or neoplastic diseases and disorders.
Provides clinical rotations in the hospital environment allowing for mentored practice of skills. Emphasizes application of assessment skills including medical chart reviews and patient observation and examination. Includes recommendation, performance, and modification of basic therapies.
Provides opportunity to observe and participate in specialty areas of the respiratory care profession.
Provides clinical rotations in selected medical settings, focusing on skills of initiation, management, and weaning of mechanical ventilation. Includes case studies as well as patient care.
Addresses cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology specifically for the advanced-level respiratory care practitioner focusing on the advanced physiologic considerations of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal systems.
Examines pathophysiology and diagnosis of coronary artery disease, fungal lung diseases, neoplasms, HIV, adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), chest trauma, shock, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), and differentiation of extracellular and intracellular fluid compartments.
Explores advanced diagnostic procedures and develops interpretive skill in cardiopulmonary function, lung dynamics, specialty gases, blood gas analysis, and metabolic assessment.
Examines pediatric and neonatal respiratory care with emphasis on intensive care activities, therapeutic procedures, life support modalities, and fetal, neonatal, and pediatric pathophysiology. Course lab fee of $69 applies.
Explores advanced level adult respiratory care in the intensive care setting. Emphasizes ventilation/perfusion monitoring, hemodynamic monitoring airway, assessment and critical patient management.
Analyzes theory and principles of extended care roles for the respiratory therapist. Examines the respiratory therapist's role in quality management, pulmonary rehabilitation, sleep medicine, homecare, and hyperbaric medicine. Includes legal, ethical, and moral considerations of chronic and extended care.
Introduces anatomy and physiology of the neurological, cardiac, and respiratory systems during the wake and sleep cycles. Emphasizes changes related to sleep disorders.
Provides an overview of the history of sleep medicine, normal sleep physiology, the effects of sleep-wake disruption, sleep disorders, and abnormal sleep physiology. Includes an introduction to polysomnography and the fundamentals of therapeutic interventions utilized to treat sleep disorders.
Provides mentored participation in the clinical care of patients in the neonatal/pediatric critical care setting. Emphasizes cardiovascular and patient/ventilator monitoring and assessment and airway management.
Provides clinical experiences related to RESP 3280, such as rehabilitation, extended care, home care, polysomnography, patient assessment for discharge planning and quality management.
Emphasizes the diagnostic processes involved in assessing, evaluating, and treating patients with cardiopulmonary disease, with an intensive, mentored clinical experience.
Enhances understanding of how to construct and conduct quality improvement projects in the clinical workplace.
Provides mentored participation in the clinical care of patients in the adult critical respiratory care setting, with emphasis on hemodynamic monitoring and assessment, ventilation/perfusion monitoring, patient/ventilator monitoring and assessment, and airway management.
Explores problem-based clinical concepts. Includes a comprehensive program review and preparatory focus on the written and clinical simulation examinations of the NBRC. Covers resume writing and interviewing skills.
Provides students an opportunity to pursue independent study in respiratory therapy with a faculty mentor. The health promotion project addresses the growing role of the Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP) in patient education, public education, and health promotion in general. Requires preparation and presentation of oral and/or written reports. May be repeated for up to 4 credits toward graduation.
Examines research methods and the scientific approach to critical appraisal of researchliterature. Analyzes scientific data to support approaches to respiratory care. Introducestheories, principles, and skills needed to function in a leadership position. Addresses thekey issues confronting respiratory care leaders today.
Involves independent research projects related to the cardiopulmonary system and/or quality improvement. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation.
Provides moderated discussion and/or laboratory experiences relating to current events inhealth care, legislative and ethical issues, and emergent technologies in respiratory care.