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.
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.
Investigates anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and renal systems focused for the entry-level respiratory care practitioner. Includes principles of fluid dynamics governing oxygen and carbon dioxide transport throughout the body.
Introduces medical and surgical diseases of the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems for the entry-level respiratory therapist, with emphasis given to etiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
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. Examines principles and theory of clinical application of airway management and artificial ventilation. Includes theory of 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.
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 various hospital and other health care settings allowing for mentored practice of skills. Emphasizes application of assessment skills including medical chart reviews and patient observation and examination. Emphasizes recommending and modifying basic therapies utilizing patient assessment skills and review of patient medical history.
Provides opportunity to observe and participate in specialty areas of the respiratory care profession, including pulmonary function testing, cardiac testing, ECGs, ABGs, and long-term artificial airway maintenance. Requires 30 hours in clinical rotations with a registered respiratory therapist as a mentor in various hospital and other health care settings.
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. Requires 90 clinical hours with a registered respiratory therapist mentor.
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.
Examines pediatric and neonatal respiratory care with emphasis on intensive care activities, therapeutic procedures, life support modalities, and fetal, neonatal, and pediatric pathophysiology.
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 continuum of care and quality management in pulmonary rehabilitation, polysomnography, home and self care. 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.
Studies and applies equipment, instrumentation, and recording devices utilized in polysomnography, such as EEG, ECG and a range of breathing monitoring systems and devices, including data acquisition and trouble shooting.
Covers current therapies and interventions for treatment of sleep apneas. Includes interventions such as positive airway pressure therapy (nocturnal CPAP and bi-level CPAP), surgery, and dental devices.
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. Requires 180 hours of mentored participation in neonatal and pediatric intensive care.
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. Requires 120 documented clinical hours.
Provides clinical experiences related to RESP 3280, such as rehabilitation, extended care, home care, polysomnography, patient assessment for discharge planning and quality management. Requires 60 documented clinical hours.
Explores problem-based clinical concepts. Includes a comprehensive program review and preparatory focus on the written and clinical simulation examinations of the NBRC.
Emphasizes an understanding of 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 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.
Provides guided research studies in biology under the direction of a Respiratory Therapy faculty or physician mentor. Includes any combination of literature reviews, original research, and/or participation in ongoing departmental projects. Involves students in the methodology of original medical or biological research. Requires preparation and presentation of oral and/or written reports. May be repeated for up to 4 credits toward graduation.
Requires students to research scientific literature, give oral presentations, and lead discussions on assigned human respiratory related topics in specific areas of current medical research. May be repeated for up to two credits toward graduation.