RT 105 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology and
Disease Entities - Building
on previous coursework, this course will elaborate on the specific
concepts of normal cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology. This
semester stresses importance of cardiopulmonary anatomy, the process
of ventilation, gaseous diffusion, gaseous transport to the
periphery matching of ventilation and perfusion, acid base balance
or imbalance and basic pharmacology. The dynamics of human
physiological functions are studied in relationship to functional
disease patterns. Special emphasis is given to the assessment of the
physiological processes and the recognition of alterations in
- Basic Respiratory Therapy Equipment, Procedures and Life Support
Systems - An introduction to
the principles of equipment operation, equipment care and
maintenance, basic therapeutic techniques as employed in a general
care environment, as well as equipment utilized in the intensive
- Supervised Clinical Practicum
- Basic respiratory therapy procedures
and general patient assessment are practiced in the general care
environment. Included in the supervised experiences are laboratory
and physical assessment, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol
therapy and general medication delivery by inhalation.
- Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology
- This course is designed for the
Cardiovascular Technology and Respiratory Therapy student. Major
emphasis will be given to cardiac, cardiovascular, and pulmonary
drugs. Specific drugs in these categories will be addressed in terms
of action, indication, possible allergic reactions and
RT 116 - Assessment in Respiratory
Care - This course will examine the patient assessment process
utilized in management of the patient with cardiopulmonary
dysfunction. Development of skills for data collection and
decision-making are refined through examination of case studies.
Physical examination, respiratory physiology, pulmonary modalities,
information gathering, decision-making and assessment of clinical
situations is integrated in the management of the simulated
pulmonary patient. Special emphasis is given to the assessment
of the physiological processes and the recognition of patterns
associated with pathophysiology.
118- Critical Care Life Support Equipment and Procedures
- Advanced concepts of
respiratory therapy equipment and therapeutic procedures, complex
principles of equipment operation and care, quality control and
advanced therapeutic techniques as employed in the critical care
environment. Special emphasis is placed on life support systems.
Variations in ventilation, oxygenation, and current weaning
techniques are discussed for various disease entities.
- Supervised Clinical Practicum II
- General respiratory therapy
procedures and pulmonary assessment are carried out in the acute
care hospital environment. Included in the supervised experiences
are small volume nebulizer therapy, chest physiotherapy, postural
drainage, pressure therapy, inspiratory maneuvers, breathing
exercises and airway care. Pulmonary assessment and pathophysiology
are applied to modify appropriate patient care.
- Neonatal Pediatric Care -
Overview of fetal physiology, fetal monitoring, trauma to the
neonate and neonatal management in critical care will be
emphasized. Pediatric techniques utilized by the therapist are
- Special Studies or Projects in Respiratory Therapy
- Individual study, research or
projects in the field of respiratory therapy under instructor
guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences required. Content
and unit credit to be determined by student/instructor conferences
and/or division. May be repeated for a maximum of nine units.
- Cardiopulmonary Pathology and Pathophysiology
- Introduction to basic respiratory
pathology and resulting abnormal physiology. The role of the
respiratory therapist in management of cardio-respiratory disease
entities commonly found in the general care environment, in the
intensive care unit, and in the home care setting is developed.
Emphasis is placed on the pathological processes.
- Cardiopulmonary Patient Management
- Development of skills for data
collection and decision making in the critically ill patient.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are refined in the
management of patients with cardiopulmonary dysfunctions in the
critical care environment.
- Invasive and Noninvasive Cardiopulmonary Monitoring
- This course is designed to provide
theory and hands on practice in various means of monitoring the
patient in the acute care setting. An introductory level of advanced
modes of ventilation, principles of weaning from mechanical
ventilation as well as monitoring the cardiovascular system with
capnography, electrocardiography and hemodynamic monitoring in the
critical setting will be presented.
- Supervised Clinical Practicum III
- Advanced respiratory procedures and
therapeutic techniques are practiced in the critical care
environment. Therapeutic management of critical pulmonary patients
is practiced under direct instructor supervision. Assessment of
patient pulmonary status by the student is required prior to the
convening of clinical.
- Supervised Clinical Practicum IV
- Advanced cardiopulmonary specialties
are practiced in the hospital environment. Advanced specialty
techniques are practiced under direct supervision of specialty
experts. Assessment of patient pulmonary status by the student is
required prior to the convening of clinical.
- Home Care Laboratory Techniques
- The laboratory course will provide the student with the requisite
technical rehearsal of apparatus utilized by patients in their home.
This will include home oxygen therapy modalities, home sterilization
techniques and home ventilator life support systems.
- Selected Topics in Respiratory Therapy
- Selected topics in respiratory therapy not covered by regular
catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined
by the Division of Business and Professional Studies in relation to
community/student need(s) and/or available staff. May be offered as
a seminar or lecture class.