Respiratory Therapy (RSTH)
Enrollment in Respiratory Therapy courses is limited to students who have applied, have been interviewed and have been selected for the clinical component of the Respiratory Therapy Program.
- Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy. (4-3-3)
Lecture/laboratory course covering the basic principles of respiratory therapy and equipment utilized in therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Content includes gas therapy, medical gas delivery systems, medication delivery, chest physiotherapy, arterial blood gas analysis, hyperinflation techniques, airway management, and patient assessment.
- Cardiopulmonary Physiology I. (3-3-0)
Cardiopulmonary physiology with emphasis on structure and function. Clinical implications are introduced to enhance the understanding of the normal cardiopulmonary system.
- Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology. (3-3-0)
An introduction to the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of the pharmacologic
agents used in the respiratory care of critically ill patients.
- Clinical Applications and Procedures I. (2 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: RSTH 202.
Clinical instruction in respiratory care procedures with emphasis on routine floor care, including such modalities as ambient oxygen therapy, use of aerosol, humidity devices, and chest physical therapy. Lab according to need. Hospital practicum (minimum 100 hours).
- Pulmonary Disease. (3-3-0)
Etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic and management procedures of pulmonary diseases. This course will also provide the student with the knowledge to interpret diagnostic x-rays seen in the respiratory clinical setting.
- Critical Care Concepts. (4-4-3)
Lecture/laboratory course continuing with principles of respiratory therapeutics and equipment utilized in the intensive care units. Content includes adult mechanical ventilators, ventilation techniques, critical care monitoring and assessment/care of the critically ill patient.
- Clinical Applications and Procedure II. (2 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: RSTH 221.
Clinical instruction in an adult critical care area with emphasis on patient assessment, ICU monitoring, mechanical ventilators, ventilation techniques and advanced airway management. Hospital practicum (100 minimum hours).
- Clinical Seminars. (2-3-0)
Fundamental principles of pulmonary function diagnostic, performing EKGs, and analysis of EKGs for rhythm disturbances.
- Clinical and Review Conference. (1-1.5-0)
Emphasis on successful completion of NBRC Self-Assessment Exam (SAE). Completion of mock exams and discussion of clinical topics aid the student in preparation.
- Respiratory Care Seminar II. (2-2-1)
Advanced diagnostic and laboratory skills including advanced 12-lead electrocardiogram
assessment, advanced cardiac life support, and fluids and electrolytes.
- Critical Concepts II. (3-3-0)
Lecture and integrated laboratory practice on advanced techniques of mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, advanced cardiac life support, and special procedures performed by advanced respiratory therapists in acute care settings.
- Cardiopulmonary Physiology II. (3-3-0)
Advanced training of respiratory therapy students in cardiopulmonary physiology and pulmonary and cardiac-related disease with focus on clinical application.
- Clinical Applications and Procedures III. (2 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: RSTH 255.
A continuation of RSTH 255. Emphasis is on advanced skills in ventilator management, cardiopulmonary monitoring and special procedures, including an anesthesia rotation for intubation and opportunities for advanced skills development. Hospital practicum (minimum 100 hours)
- Neonatology/Pediatric Respiratory Care. (3-3-1)
Fetal and neonatal development, cardiopulmonary problems commonly seen in the neonatal and pediatric population, and management of critically ill neonate and pediatric patients.
- Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics. (2-2-1)
Lecture topics and laboratory practice in pulmonary diagnostics, nutritional assessment, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, bronchoscopy, and exercise testing.
- Clinical Applications and Procedures IV. (2 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: RSTH 270 and RSTH 275.
A two part clinical practice course designed for continuation of RSTH 270 and RSTH 275. Emphasis on neonatal/pediatric critical care cardiopulmonary diagnostic procedures and rehabilitation. Hospital practicum (minimum 100 hours).
- Advanced Practitioners Review. (1-1.5-0)
Review course designed to prepare the therapist level respiratory therapy student for the written and clinical simulations of the NBRC Advanced Practitioner (RRT) Exam. Course emphasis is on successful completion of NBRC Self-Assessment Exams.
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. (3-2-1)
Lecture/laboratory course designed to introduce students to the care of chronically ill patients. Discussions will focus on the delivery of cardiopulmonary services for hospital-based cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs, extended care facilities, and home care. Topics include clinical exercise testing, exercise prescriptions, and clinical practice guidelines for management of patients who require long term respiratory care.
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