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Respiratory Care Courses

RSP* 141 Principles of Respiratory Care

Pre-Requisites: ENG 101, BIO 211, CHE 111, CSA 105

Co Requisites: RSP 111, PSY 111, BIO 212

This course introduces the student to basic principles of Respiratory Care. Technical aspects include medical gas therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, physical assessment techniques, infection control, and oxygen therapy. The student will also learn about professionalism, cultural diversity in health care and computerized medical documentation. Three hours of class and four hours of laboratory practice per week.

 

 

RSP*111 Medical Physics

Pre-Requisites: ENG 101, BIO 211, CHE 111

Co Requisites: RSP 141, PSY 111, BIO 212

This course introduces the student to the basic principles of physics applicable to respiratory care. Topics include systems of measurement, fluid dynamics, gas laws, diffusion, pneumatics, heat and electricity. Additionally the course provides a review of basic algebraic operations. Three hours of class per week.

 

 

RSP* 120 Respiratory Physiology

Pre-Requisites: RSP 111, RSP 141, PSY 111, BIO 212

Co-Requisites: RSP 161, RSP 151, BIO 235

The structure and function of the respiratory system and its relationship to the cardiovascular system are studied. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of structure and function, including mechanics of respiration, ventilation, tissue metabolism, oxygen transport, perfusion, gas exchange and histology. Two hours of class per week.

 

 

RSP* 161 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures

Pre-Requisites: RSP 111, RSP 141, PSY 111, BIO 212

Co-Requisites: RSP 120, RSP 151, BIO 235

This course introduces the student to the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures utilized in the hospital to manage patients with abnormalities or dysfunction of the respiratory system. Included in the course are theory and operation of such topics as aerosol therapy, respiratory pharmacology, hyperinflation therapy, and pulmonary function studies with the use of computerized technology. Computerized charting systems are also introduced.  Three hours of class, four hours of laboratory practice and 8 hours of clinical experience per week.

 

 

RSP* 151 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology

Pre-Requisites: RSP 111, RSP 141, PSY 111, BIO 212

Co-Requisites: RSP 161, RSP 120, BIO 235

This course examines the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and treatment of various cardiovascular diseases and diseases that directly affect the cardiopulmonary system. Case application will be included. Three hours of class per week.

 

 

RSP* 281 Advanced Clinical Practicum

Pre-Requisites: RSP 161, RSP 151, RSP 120, BIO 235

This course is designed to allow the student to utilize all previously learned respiratory care skills in a clinical setting. The student is introduced to more invasive patient care procedures such as airway management, arterial puncture, analysis and data entry, and BLS CPR, which will enhance the transition to critical care. Three hours of class, four hours of laboratory practice, and 16 hours of clinical per week.

 

 

RSP* 272 Critical Care I

Pre-Requisites: RSP 281

Co-Requisites: RSP 291, RSP 201, ENG 102

This course will focus on conventional and alternative forms of mechanical ventilation. Indications, application, discontinuation, and physical effects of mechanical ventilation will be discussed. The student will learn advanced interpretation of arterial blood gases, pulmonary function testing and imaging studies. Noninvasive, home, and emergency and hospital transport strategies will also be covered. Three hours of class, four hours of laboratory and 16 hours of clinical per week.

 

 

RSP*201 Future Trends

Pre-Requisites: RSP 281

Co-Requisites: RSP 291, RSP 272, ENG 102

This course is designed to expose the student to health care settings and issues other than those found in an acute care setting. This course will provide an overview of such topics as smoking cessation, polysomnography, continuous quality improvement, research methods and statistics, and development and implementation of respiratory protocols. Two hours of class per week.

 

  

RESP* 291 Perinatal Care and Pediatric Respiratory Care

Pre-Requisites: RSP 281

Co-Requisites: RSP 272, RSP 201, ENG 102

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive study of pediatric and perinatal respiratory care. Pediatric/perinatal cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, ventilator management, PALS and NRP techniques, and embryology will be examined. Two hours of class per week.

  

  

RSP* 273 Critical Care II

Pre-Requisites: RSP 272, RSP 291, RSP 201, ENG 102

Co-Requisites: IDS 210 or IDS 230, COM 173

This course focuses on basic cardiac and neurological function. Electrophysiology, lead placement, cardiac dysrhythmias recognition and treatment will be covered. The student learns the concepts and clinical applications of cardiology, cardiac diseases, and invasive and noninvasive physiologic monitoring. Successful completion of a group-administered self-assessment CRT credentialing examination is required for course completion. Three hours of class and 16 hours of clinical experience per week.