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Course Descriptions

RESP 3113—Equipment and Techniques I Laboratory
Respiratory care equipment function, maintenance, and use; guided practice prior to clinical experiences. (1 Credit, Laboratory)

RESP 3115—Basic Assessment and Diagnosis Laboratory
Cardio-respiratory assessment and diagnostic equipment function, maintenance and use; guided practice prior to clinical experience.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

RESP 3116—Pharmacology I
Practical and clinical pharmacology related to inhaled drugs administered by the respiratory therapist.  (1 Credit, Lecture) (8 weeks: Aug-Oct)

RESP 3117—Clinical Practicum I
Supervised clinical experience in basic respiratory care procedures and practices.  (1 Credit, Clinical) (80 hours: 40 hrs. Oct; 40 hrs. Dec)

RESP 3124—Introduction to Clinical Practice
Review and application of practical and clinical pharmacology and basic cardio-respiratory assessment and an introduction to therapeutic and diagnostic procedures commonly used in respiratory care practice.  The course will include clinical observation of therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and discussion of case studies.  (Elective course.  Spring semester only.)  (1 Credit, Lecture) (8 weeks:  Jan-Mar)

RESP 3128—Pulmonary Function Testing
The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) is expected to understand pulmonary function testing (PFT) methods, perform PFT procedures, interpret PFT result, and analyze data related to pulmonary function lab quality control and quality assurance.  This course is designed to prepare students for clinical experience with PFT performance, PFT interpretation, use of PFT results in patient care management, an understanding of quality control/quality assurance methods used in the PFT lab.  (1 Credit, Lecture) (10 Weeks:  Jan-Apr)

RESP 3132—Pharmacology II
A continuation of Pharmacology I.  Emphasis will be placed on non-steroidal, anti-asthmatic and anti-infective drugs as well as sedatives, analgesics, neuromuscular blocking agents, and cardiac drugs.  (1 Credit, Online)

RESP 3223—Equipment and Techniques II Laboratory
Critical respiratory care equipment and function, maintenance and use; guided practice prior to clinical experiences.  (2 Credits, Laboratory)

RESP 3226—Clinical Practicum II
Continuation of Clinical Practicum I; includes an introduction to critical respiratory care procedures and practice.  (2 Credits, Clinical)

RESP 3231—Clinical Internship I
Concentrated clinical experiences in critical and non-critical respiratory care procedures and practices.  (2 Credits, Clinical)

RESP 3314—Basic Assessment and Diagnosis
Basic cardio-respiratory assessment and diagnostic procedures and practice.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 3322—Equipment and Techniques II
Cardio-respiratory Care of critically ill patients with emphasis on mechanical ventilation and physiologic monitoring.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 3327—Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Care
Study of neonatal respiratory care with emphasis on:  physiology, cardiopulmonary disorders, assessment, evaluation, monitoring, and modalities of treatment.  The laboratory will focus on neonatal critical care equipment function, maintenance, and use and guided practice prior to clinical experiences.  Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification required.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 3411—Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
Emphasis on the respiratory, cardiac, and renal systems.  (4 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 3412—Equipment and Techniques I
Respiratory Care procedures and equipment; emphasis on basic respiratory care procedures and practice.  (4 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 3421—Cardio-Respiratory Disorders
Study of common respiratory and cardiac disorders.  (4 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 4131—Patient Care Simulations
Clinical simulations designed to enhance critical thinking skills in patient assessment, airway management, development of plan of care and management of a critically ill respiratory care patient.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

RESP 4133—Patient and Family Centered Care
Introduction to patient- and family-centered care.  Emphasis on the importance of interprofessional teams and patient and family advisors to provide high quality, low cost health care.  (1 Credit, Online and Laboratory)

RESP 4140—Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care
A review of basic legal and ethical principles which serve as a foundation for interprofessional clinical practice.  (1 Credit, Lecture/Online)

RESP 4146­—Foundations of Respiratory Care Education
An overview of the basic concepts and principles in respiratory care education.  Emphasizes practical aspects of planning, implementing and evaluating student learning.  (1 Credit, Online) (8 weeks: Jan-Mar)

RESP 4241—Advanced Assessment and Diagnosis
Advanced cardiopulmonary assessment and diagnostic procedures and practices.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 4243—Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Care
Study of pediatric respiratory care with emphasis on:  physiology, cardiopulmonary disorders, assessment evaluation, monitoring, and modalities of treatment.  The laboratory will focus on pediatric critical care equipment function, maintenance and use and guided practice prior to clinical experiences. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification required.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 4244—Scholarship Project
An introduction to the application of scientific research methods.  (1-2 Credits, Independent Study)

RESP 4248—Bachelor’s Thesis Proposal
Planning the Bachelor’s thesis, practicum, research project or scholarly activity.  Pre-requisites include RESP 4330 and 4257.  (6 Credits, Independent Study)

RESP 4250—Integration Project
Integration of respiratory care course work, focused on a case study.  (2 Credits, Independent Study) (8 weeks: Jan-Mar)

RESP 4255—Respiratory Care Seminar
Review of respiratory care as it pertains to credentialing examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and other agencies that offer specialty credentials of interest to the respiratory therapist.  (2 Credits, Lecture) (8 weeks: Jan-Mar)

RESP 4257—Literature Review
Discussion of advanced theory and application of cardio-respiratory care as found in the professional literature. Prerequisite: RES 4330.  (2 Credits, Independent Study)

RESP 4258—Bachelor’s Thesis Proposal
Planning the Bachelor’s thesis practicum, research project, or scholarly activity.  Prerequisites include RES 4330 and 4257.  (2 Credits, Independent Study)

RESP 4330—Research and Evaluation
An introduction to the methods of scientific research and evaluation.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 4342—Critical Care Practices
Special techniques, case studies and pathological complications associated with the critically ill patient; emphasis on the care of the cardiac and trauma patient.  (3 Credits, Lecture)

RESP 4355—Leadership and Management
Basic concepts, principles, and practices necessary for effective supervision and leadership in a health care environment.  (3 Credits, Lecture) (8 weeks: Jan-Mar)

RESP 4356—Clinical Internship II
Continuation of Clinical Practicum III; includes alternate care site and additional critical care practices and procedures.  (3 Credits, Clinical) (8 weeks: Mar-May)

RESP 4445—Clinical Practicum III
A continuation of Clinical Practicum II; includes neonatal and diagnostic procedures and practices.  (4 Credits, Clinical)

RESP 4452—Disease Management
Introduction to chronic disease management.  (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Jan-Mar)

RESP 4653—Bachelor’s Thesis
The Bachelor’s thesis is implemented, evaluated, and evidenced-based recommendations are disseminated. Prerequisite:  RES 4258.  (6 Credits, Independent Study)