Course Descriptions

RES 110 RESPIRATORY PROCEDURES I – 5 SH
Prerequisite: Matriculation into the Respiratory Care Program
This course provides theory, equipment operation and application with laboratory exercises in oxygen and other gas therapy; airway management techniques, humidity therapy, bland aerosol therapy and aerosol drug therapy. An introduction to airway clearance modalities are also included.
4 Lecture Hours per week and 2 Lab Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 112 CARDIOPULMONARY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY – 3 SH
Prerequisite: Matriculation into the Respiratory Care Program
This course is a detailed study of the respiratory and circulatory systems as they apply to respiratory therapy. This course provides a foundation for the study of respiratory and cardiovascular disorders and the interventions made to alleviate them. Mechanics of ventilation, respiration, gas transport, and neurologic control of ventilation will be stressed. The renal system will also be covered.
3 Lecture Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 114 INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE – 4 SH
Prerequisite: Matriculation into the Respiratory Care Program
This course introduces the student to the history of respiratory care, professional organizations, and trends affecting respiratory care. The student is provided with the necessary instruction and competencies to conduct a general head-to-toe patient assessment with an emphasis on the cardiovascular and pulmonary assessment. Review of math skills and an introduction to respiratory care pharmacology, and respiratory diseases will be included. Sterilization and disinfection of respiratory equipment, isolation techniques, medical terminology, and critical thinking are incorporated into this course.
4 Lecture Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 120 RESPIRATORY PROCEDURES II – 4 SH
Prerequisite: RES 110, RES 112, RES 114
This course provides a continuation of the concepts included in Respiratory Procedures I. Topics included are: arterial puncture and interpretation of arterial blood gases, non-invasive ventilation, and performance and evaluation of pulmonary function testing. Techniques used in the assessment of patient need for ventilatory support. This course also includes the techniques utilized in airway maintenance  including suctioning, tracheotomy care and endotracheal intubation.
3 Lecture Hours per week and 2 Lab Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 122 RESPIRATORY PHARMACOLOGY – 2 SH
Prerequisite: RES 110, RES 112, RES 114
This course places an emphasis on the drugs administered by the respiratory therapist. Topics include: general principles of pharmacology, dosage calculation, autonomic nervous system, bronchodilator therapy, corticosteroids, anti-asthmatics, cardiovascular drugs, and neuromuscular drugs.
2 Lecture Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 124 RESPIRATORY DISEASE – 2 SH
Prerequisite: RES 110, RES 112, RES 114
This course provides an in-depth discussion of diseases which affect the pulmonary system. Topics include the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and management of cardiopulmonary diseases.
2 Lecture Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 155 CLINICAL PRACTICE I - 4 SH
Prerequisite: RES 110, RES 112, RES 114
This course emphasizes physical assessment and the development of the ability to administer general care. The student refines skills in the administration of oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, hyperinflation therapy, bronchial hygiene therapy, and chest physiotherapy. The student will also practice techniques associated with airway care, sampling and analysis of arterial blood gases, pulmonary function testing, and non-invasive ventilation. The student will also obtain exposure to the home care environment.
16 Clinical Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 220 INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL VENTILATION - 2 SH
Prerequisite: RES 120, RES 122, RES 124, RES 155
This course introduces the student to a knowledge base necessary for the management of mechanical ventilation to include: types of mechanical ventilators, modes of ventilation and problem solving of various ventilators.
8 Lecture Hours per week for 4 weeks
 
RES 230 RESPIRATORY PROCEDURES III – 4 SH
Prerequisite: RES 220
This course further emphasizes the skills involved in the management of mechanical ventilation to include: types of mechanical ventilators, modes of ventilation, blood gas management and interpretation. Physiological effects of mechanical ventilation on respiratory, cardiac and renal systems will also be covered. An introduction to pulmonary rehabilitation and fetal and neonatal development will also be included.
3 Lecture Hours and 2 Lab Hours per week for 16 week
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RES 233 CARDIO- PULMONARY MONITORING – 3 SH
Prerequisite: RES 220
This course places an emphasis on the monitoring and care of the patient in the critical care unit. Topics include: ventilator graphics, non-invasive monitoring, hemodynamic monitoring, and capnography monitoring. Interpretation and performance of electrocardiograms will also be covered. An introduction to pleural drainage systems and polysomnography will be included.  
3 Lecture Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 240 RESPIRATORY PROCEDURES IV - 4 SH
Prerequisite: RES 230, RES 233, RES 255
This course places an emphasis all concepts learned in previous semesters, to include: patient assessment, treatment plans, therapist driven protocol, artificial airway management, ventilator management, analysis and evaluation of data obtained invasively and non-invasively. This course emphasizes neonatal and pediatric critical respiratory care. Congenital cardiac disease, neonatal and pediatric pulmonary diseases are covered along with fluid and electrolyte balance. Other topics included are ECMO, Nitric oxide administration and ACLS.
3 Lecture Hours
 
RES 250 RESPIRATORY SEMINAR – 3 SH
Prerequisite: RES 230, RES 233, RES 255
Respiratory seminar analyzes student strengths and weaknesses, reinforces key principles of previously studied content areas, and enhancement of problem solving skills. Preparation for credentialing examinations is also included. A research project is required for completion of this course..
3 Lecture Hours and 2 Lab Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 255 CLINICAL PRACTICE II - 5 SH
Prerequisite: RES 220
This course emphasizes the care of patient rights in critical care settings. The student continues to refine skills previously learned with the management of artificial airways. Continued development of skills to include: management of patients on mechanical ventilation, interpretation of ventilator graphics, and noninvasive and invasive monitoring.  
20 Clinical Hours per week for 16 weeks
 
RES 275 CLINICAL PRACTICE III – 6 SH
Prerequisite: RES 230, RES 233, RES 255
This course emphasizes the integration of previously learned materials from all semester in the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on critical care patients and their environment. The student will also practice skills in management of patients in the neonatal and pediatric setting.
24 Clinical Hours per week for 16 weeks