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Courses in the Program

Fall Courses Title Units
RESP 141 Anesthesia Technology I 2
RESP 142 Anatomy & Physiology for Anesthesia Technology 2
RESP 143 Introduction to the Operating System 1.5
Spring Courses Title Units
RESP 144 Clinical Practicum I 3
RESP 145 Anesthesia Technology II 2.5
RESP 146 Pharmacology for the Anesthesia Technician 2
Summer Courses Title Units
RESP 147 Anesthesia Technology III 2.5
RESP 148 Clinical Practicum II 2

Total

17.5
  • Prerequisite: A "C" grade or higher in BIO 140 and BOT 161 or equivalent
  • AT classes are listed under the Respiratory Therapy Program in the Grossmont College class schedule
  • Please see Pre-requisite Alert page in the class schedule

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Respiratory Therapy 141

Anesthesia Technology I

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or higher in BIO 140 and BOT 161 or equivalent.
Corequisite: RESP 142 and 143.

This course will offer an introduction to anesthesia technology, describing and demonstrating anesthesia machine technology used in patient care. Information on airway management will also be provided, highlighting the devices used to manage artificial airways during general anesthesia procedures. Various techniques will be demonstrated.

Respiratory Therapy 142

Anatomy and Physiology for the Anesthesia Technology

Corequisite: RESP 141 and 143.

This course will offer an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body for the anesthesia technician. Rather than providing a broad overview of human systems, course content will be directly related to the job skills of the anesthesia technician learning to assist the anesthesiologist, surgeon and surgical team.

Respiratory Therapy 143

Introduction to the Operating System

Corequisite: RESP 141 and 142.

This course provides an introduction to the basic clinical skills required of all health care workers in an operating room environment. The culture of the operating room will be emphasized, including aseptic technique, appropriate employee behaviors, understanding of the job description and outcomes of job performance, and legal and regulatory constraints. Employee safety will also be stressed through training in universal precautions and the application of good body mechanics.

Respiratory Therapy 144

Supervised Clinical Practicum I for the Anesthesia Technician

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or higher in RESP 141 and 142 and 143.
Corequisite: RESP 145 and 146.

This course is an introduction to the application of general principles of anesthesia technology in and operating room setting at local clinical affiliates. Emphasis is placed on utilizing information and skills learned in RESP 141,142, and 143. Information on the role of the anesthesia technician will be provided, highlighting the clinical assistance required by the anesthesia provider.

Respiratory Therapy 145

Anesthesia Technology II

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or higher in RESP 141 and 142 and 143.
Corequisite: RESP 144 and 146.

This course provides and introduction to monitoring devices and techniques used in the care of patients who are undergoing and anesthetic. Techniques and devices used to assess ventilation, oxygenation, and circulation will be described and demonstrated. Methods and devices used to gain vascular access, basic hemodynamic monitoring, and techniques for monitoring and management of patient temperature will be presented on lecture and demonstration formats.

Respiratory Therapy 146

Pharmacology for the Anesthesia Technician

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or higher in RESP 141 and 142 and 143.
Corequisite: RESP 144 and 145. This course is an introduction to the general principles of pharmacology, medications and drug delivery systems used in anesthesia. Commonly used drugs, their clinical action, possible side effects and route of administration will be presented. Information on the prevention of medication errors, substance abuse, and quality control measures will also be stressed.

Respiratory Therapy 147

Anesthesia Technology III

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or higher in RESP 144 and 145 and 146.
Corequisite: RESP 148.

This course will provide an introduction to the laboratory tests used to facilitate care of patients undergoing and anesthetic. Information on blood products, fluid balance and fluid management will also be provided, highlighting the devices used to deliver fluids and drugs during general anesthesia procedures. The course will include theoretical instruction in the use of autologous blood collection and intra-aortic balloon therapy as well as the anesthetic management of high acuity patients and anesthesia emergencies.

Respiratory Therapy 148

Supervised clinical Practicum II for the Anesthesia Technician

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or higher in RESP 144 and 145 and 146.
Corequisite: RESP 147.

This course will provide further experience in clinical anesthesia technology, focusing on information and skills learned in RESP 145 and 146, as well as the application of laboratory tests used to facilitate patient care. Clinical exposure to the use of blood products, fluid balance and fluid management will also be provided, highlighting the devices used to deliver fluids and drugs during general anesthesia procedures. Emphasis will be placed on the anesthetic management of high acuity patients and anesthesia emergencies in clinical setting in are hospitals.

Last Updated: 10/07/2014
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