Respiratory Therapy

RCP-231 - INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

An introduction to the respiratory care profession. Topics include respiratory care and the healthcare system; the economics, communication, documentation, and evidence –based practice; and the ethical and legal implications of practice. Students will also be introduced to entry level modalities such as oxygen and aerosol therapy. This is a companion course to RCP-232 Respiratory Care Modalities where competencies for this course will be practiced and evaluated in the laboratory or simulation center setting prior to hands-on clinical practice with adult patients in a hospital setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Corequisites: RCP-232, RCP-233

RCP-232 - RESPIRATORY CARE MODALITIES

Lecture: 0

Lab: 3

Credit: 1.5

This course allows the entry level respiratory care student an opportunity to practice procedures using equipment in the respiratory care lab and simulation center. This is a companion course to RCP: 231 and RCP: 233, in which competencies related to recall, application, and analysis using respiratory equipment are practiced and tested prior to patient care. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Corequisites: RCP-231, RCP-233

RCP-233 - INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course focuses on the interaction between patients and the respiratory therapist for the purpose of providing healthcare service(s) or assessing the health status of a patient. Subjects included in this course are infection control, informatics, preparation for patient encounter, taking a medical history, performing a patient interview, cardiopulmonary symptoms, vital signs, physical examination of the chest, evaluation of breath sounds, review and analysis of laboratory studies, and interpretation of ABGs,. This is a companion course to RCP-232 Respiratory Care Modalities where competencies for this course will be practiced and evaluated in the laboratory or simulation center setting prior to hands-on clinical practice with adult patients in a hospital setting. Prerequisite: Admission to the program. Corequisites: RCP-231, RCP-232.

RCP-331 - RESPIRATORY CARE II

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Respiratory Care and will build on the equipment and therapeutic modalities essential to clinical practice. Major topics include airway management and airway clearance techniques, respiratory mechanics and control of breathing, arterial blood gases, and methods of non-invasive ventilation. Prerequisites: RCP-231, RCP-232, RCP-233. Corequisites: RCP-350, RCP-751, RCP-332, RCP-333.

RCP-332 - RESPIRATORY CARE MODALITIES II

Lecture: 0

Lab: 2

Credit: 1

This course allows respiratory care students an opportunity to practice procedures using equipment in the respiratory lab and simulation center. The primary focus of this skills lab course is the practice and preparation for required Competency Evaluations for Respiratory Care II. Prerequisites: RCP-231, RCP-232, RCP-233. Corequisites: RCP-331, RCP-333, RCP-350, RCP-751.

RCP-333 - CARDIOPULMONARY PHARMACOLOGY

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

Introduces general pharmacological principles and management relative to the cardiopulmonary system. Includes management and treatment of specific cardiopulmonary disorders and drugs used in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Prerequisites: RCP-231, RCP-232, RCP-233. Corequisites: RCP-350, RCP-751, RCP-331, RCP-332.

RCP-350 - PULMONARY PATHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course presents an overview of acute and chronic diseases affecting the pulmonary system. Diagnosis, assessment, treatment and management of the disease will be discussed. Prerequisites: RCP-231, RCP-232, RCP-233. Corequisites: RCP-331, RCP-332, RCP-333, RCP-751.

RCP-440 - CARDIO/PULMONARY DIAGNOSTICS

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course will present various cardiopulmonary diagnostic tests and the role of the respiratory care practitioner. Contents included: pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, specialized test regimens and quality assurance in the pulmonary function laboratory. Prerequisites: RCP-524, RCP-755, RCP-350. Corequisites: RCP-450, RCP-620, RCP-761.

RCP-450 - RESPIRATORY CARE IV

Lecture: 2.5

Lab: 1

Credit: 3

This course will focus on advanced equipment and therapeutic modalities used in the practice of Respiratory Care. Major topics include ECGs, hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac pharmacology, polysomnography and pulmonary rehabilitation. Prerequisite: RCP-524. Corequisites: RCP-440 and RCP-620.

RCP-480 - ADVANCED CARDIAC CARE

Lecture: 2

Lab: 1

Credit: 2.5

This course provides theory and laboratory practice in managing specific live-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias.  Includes a review of basic life support, use of mechanical aids to establish an airway and maintain ventilation, ECG monitoring and recognition of life-threatening dysrhythmias, cardiac defibrillation and initiating appropriate cardiac drug therapy.  Prerequisites: RCP-331, RCP-332, RCP-333, RCP-350, RCP-751. Corequisites: RCP-524, RCP-755.

RCP-524 - RESPIRATORY CARE III

Lecture: 4.5

Lab: 1

Credit: 5

This course introduces the concepts of mechanical ventilation used in the respiratory support of the critically ill patient, with emphasis on indications for ventilation, parameters monitored during ventilation, function, and clinical applications. Prerequisite: RCP-331, RCP-332, RCP-333, RCP-350, RCP-751. Corequisite: RCP-755.

RCP-620 - NEONATAL/PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE

Lecture: 4

Lab: 2

Credit: 5

This course will cover the assessment of the newborn and pediatric patient. Fetal circulation, congenital anomalies, respiratory disorders of the newborn, ventilation of the newborn, surfactant replacement, oxygen and aerosol therapy of the newborn and pediatric patient, as well as child development will be discussed. Prerequisite: RCP-524, RCP-755. Corequisites: RCP-440, RCP-450, RCP-761.

RCP-751 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC I

Lecture: 0

Clinical: 15

Credit: 5

Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within the hospital and homecare settings in order to apply principles and skills learned in RCP-331, RCP-332, and RCP-333. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of RCP-231, RCP-232, RCP-233. Must be currently enrolled in or have satisfactorily passed RCP-331, RCP-332, RCP-333 and RCP-350.

RCP-755 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC II

Lecture: 0

Clinical: 4

Credit: 1

Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within a health care setting to apply principles learned in the respiratory curriculum. Prerequisites: RCP-331, RCP-332, RCP-333, RCP-350 and RCP-751. Corequisites: RCP-524 and RCP-480.

RCP-761 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC III

Lecture: 0

Clinical: 15

Credit: 5

Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within a hospital and homecare setting to apply principles learned in the respiratory curriculum. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of RCP-524, RCP-755. Corequisite: RCP-450.

RCP-767 - RESPIRATORY CARE CLINIC IV

Lecture: 0

Clinical: 24

Credit: 8

Learners are assigned to various clinical experiences within a health care setting to apply principles learned in the respiratory curriculum. Prerequisites: RCP-440, RCP-450 RCP-620 and RCP-761. Corequisites: RCP-910 and RCP-810.

RCP-810 - RESPIRATORY CARE PROFESSIONAL

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

The purpose of this course is to assist second year respiratory care students in preparing for autonomous professional practice. The role of the professional: duties to client, employer and public; professional responsibilities; involvement in continuing education and professional career development will be explores. Prerequisites: RCP-440, RCP-450, RCP-620, RCP-761. Corequisites: RCP-766 and RCP-880.

RCP-910 - RESPIRATORY CARE RRT REVIEW

Lecture: 2

Credit: 2

This course is designed to test the student's ability to successfully earn passing scores on advanced-level examinations. Although advanced-level examinations will be the focus of this course, review of entry-level examination concepts will also be provided. Mock board examinations will be administered after completion of a comprehensive review seminar. Prerequisites: RCP-440, RCP-450, RCP-620 and RCP-761. Corequisites: RCP-810 and RCP-767.

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