Respiratory Therapy

RCP 10204 Respiratory Fundamentals I

This four credit hour course will introduce the student to the role of the Respiratory Care Professional, hospital interactions and procedures, and ethical issues. The student will be briefed on issues of safety and infection control. The student will begin learning respiratory anatomy and physiology and patient assessment. Safe handling of medical gases and administration of medical gas therapy will be covered. The students will learn the basics of medicines used in Respiratory Therapy as well as various techniques of delivering Respiratory Therapy. Students will be given introductory lessons in lab and ABG analysis and an introduction to EKG technology. Students will be instructed in the importance of accurate medical record keeping and of verification of physician’s orders. Additionally the student will attend a seminar outlining the techniques of basic life support and will become BLS certified. Three-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program. Must also register for RCP 10204L.

Offered Fall for 4 Semester hours.

RCP 10501 Respiratory Practicum I

This practicum is designed to introduce the student to the clinical facility and clinical education. The student is introduced to the aspects of respiratory care as outlined in RCP 10204 Respiratory Fundamentals I. Emphasis is on the supervised practice of basic respiratory care procedures. Practice in gathering information from the patient record, patient evaluation, oxygen administration, and recordkeeping is provided. Ten to twelve (10-12) clinical hours a week, which include pre/ post seminar. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Fall for 1 Semester hours.

RCP 11502 Respiratory Practicum II

This course is designed to provide the students an opportunity of performing supervised techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, aerosol drug therapy, lung inflation, and techniques used in electrocardiography. This is a continuation of the aspects of respiratory care as outlined in RCP 10204 Respiratory Fundamentals I, RCP 11604 Respiratory Fundamentals II and RCP 22503 Cardiopulmonary A & P. Emphasis is on the supervised practice of basic respiratory care procedures. Sixteen (16) clinical hours a week. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Spring for 2 Semester hours.

RCP 11603 Respiratory Fundamentals II

This course is a continuation of RCP 10204 Respiratory Fundamentals I with the focus on medicine delivery devices, EKGs, pulmonary functions and patient education. The student is introduced to the principles and practices of stress testing, polysomnography, respiratory home care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on the relationship of the test results to various cardiopulmonary disease states. Three-hour lecture,. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

RCP 20103 Management of the Critical Patient

This three credit hour course focuses the student on analysis and application of Respiratory Therapy procedures in management of the critically ill patient. The interaction of the cardiopulmonary system with other life-threatening conditions is examined. Students will utilize knowledge and judgment gained in previous courses to discern the best course of therapy for complex cases. Three lecture hours a week. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Fall for 3 Semester hours.

RCP 20104 Mechanical Ventilation Management Technology

The course covers the technology and management of continuous adult mechanical ventilation. Special emphasis is placed on the physiologic effects of various techniques and selection of optimal methods. Monitoring, quality control, and the ability to solve clinical problems relating to mechanical ventilation are emphasized. The course prepares the student to conduct the therapeutic procedures to achieve adequate spontaneous and artificial ventilation. Particular emphasis will be on ventilator complications, physiologic effects and the principles of ventilation management. Various classes of mechanical ventilators are discussed and compared, emphasizing the differences required in their uses. The technology of adult continuous mechanical ventilation is covered. The design, function, and operation of representative mechanical ventilators of the various classifications are examined in detail. Monitoring, quality control, and the ability to solve clinical problems relating to mechanical ventilation are emphasized. Three-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Summer for 4 Semester hours.

RCP 20203 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

This course introduces the student to special needs of the neonatal and pediatric patient. Fetal cardiopulmonary development and changes at birth are covered. Equipment, procedures, and methods used in the care and evaluation of neonatal and pediatric patients are also covered. Cardiopulmonary conditions and diseases particular to neonates are discussed. Two-hour lecture, three-hour lab. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence. 

Offered Summer for 3 Semester hours.

RCP 20502 Respiratory Practicum III

This course is designed to provide the students an opportunity to perform the skills they have obtained in RCP 22503 Cardiopulmonary A & P and RCP 11204 Respiratory Fundamentals II. Emphasis is given to the development of efficiency in the practice of fundamental and advanced respiratory care techniques. The student will receive supervised experience in caring for the critically ill cardiopulmonary patient. Sixteen (16) clinical hours a week. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Summer for 2 Semester hours.

RCP 21202 Seminar/Board Review

This course introduces the student to test taking skills, mock examinations of the NBRC matrix, and self-evaluation studies. Study methods and applications are also covered. A study of realistic clinical problems and situations with emphasis on analyzing and evaluating these problems to formulate acceptable respiratory care plans. Practice will be provided in the necessary techniques to take the NBRC clinical simulations examination. Computer simulations are an integral part of the course. Two-hour lecture. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Spring for 2 Semester hours.

RCP 21302 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics

This two credit hour course is based on the foundation gained from Respiratory Fundamentals I & II and is designed to provide the student with detailed knowledge of procedures. Emphasis will be for students to analyze data and properly apply procedures. Students will continue the study of hemodynamics and cardiac testing and monitoring. Students will learn to navigate the physiology of sleep, the process of rehab and homecare for the pulmonary patient, and the effect of nutrition and age-specific dynamics across the continuum of care. The role of case management and reimbursement issues will be explored. Analysis and application of knowledge learned throughout the program will be tested through scenarios. Management of emergency patients and disaster preparedness will be included. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Fall for 2 Semester hours.

RCP 21502 Respiratory Practicum IV

This course is designed to provide the students an opportunity to continue to perform the skills they have obtained in previous respiratory courses and the skills introduced in RCP 20104 Mechanical Vent Technology and Management and RCP 11304 Respiratory Fundamentals III. Emphasis is given to the development of efficiency in the practice of fundamental and advanced airway management, ABG sampling and analysis, pulmonary function testing and sleep studies. The student will receive supervised experience in caring for the critically ill cardiopulmonary patient. Twenty-four (24) clinical hours a week. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence. 

Offered Fall for 2 Semester hours.

RCP 21602 Respiratory Practicum V

This course is designed to provide the students an opportunity to continue to perform the skills they have obtained in previous respiratory courses. Emphasis is given to the development of efficiency in the practice of fundamental and advanced respiratory care techniques. Students will have special rotations in such areas as Open Heart Surgery, home care, sleep labs, PICU, NICU, CTICU and ERs. The student will receive experience in practicing computer clinical simulations. Twenty-Four (24) clinical hours a week (average). Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Spring for 2 Semester hours.

RCP 22502 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

This is a two credit hour course detailing the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. Detailed instruction regarding breathing mechanisms and the control of ventilation will be taught. The student will learn transport and diffusion of gases, acid-base balance, and ventilation/perfusion. The student will be instructed about the circulatory system, cardiopulmonary equations, and hemodynamics as well as function of the renal system. The structure and function of the chest cage, mechanics of breathing, and control of respiration are also included. Course fee required. Prerequisite: successful completion of program sequence.

Offered Fall for 2 Semester hours.

RCP 28801-03 Selected Topics in Respiratory Therapy

This course is a study of Respiratory Therapy topics not included in other course offerings. The format for this course may be special projects, readings, a scheduled class, or a seminar. Course fee required.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.

RCP 29901-03 Directed Studies in Respiratory Therapy

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in respiratory therapy. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, the completion of at least one semester of RCP courses, and permission of the instructor and program director. Course fee may be required.

Offered On Demand for 1-3 Semester hours.