Respiratory Therapy

Program Plan

Program Prerequisites
BIOL 121 Introductory Biology I 4 (3+2P)
MATH 114 Math for Health Careers 3
CHEM 110 Introductory Chemistry 4 (3+2P)
ENGL 111 Freshman Composition 3
SPCH 110 Public Speaking 3 -or-
SPCH 111 Interpersonal Communication 3
Total   17
 
1st Semester
COSC 125 Business Microcomputer Applications 3
BIOL 252 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 (3+2P)
RESP 112 Community Health & Infection Control 3
RESP 110 RT Orientation & Patient Assessment 3 (2+2P)
RESP 114 Respiratory Physics & Medical Gas Therapy 3 (2+2P)
Subtotal   16
 
2nd Semester
BIOL 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 (3+2P)
RESP 116 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 3
RESP 118 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques 5 (4+2P)
ENGL 211 or 218 Advanced Composition -OR- Adv. Tech. Comp. 3
Subtotal   15
 
3rd Semester
RESP 126 Clinical Practicum I 5 (15P)
RESP 128 Clinical Simulation I 1 (3P)
RESP 120 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology 3
RESP 122 Critical Care Management 4 (3+2P)
RESP 124 Special Procedures in Respiratory Care 2
Subtotal   15
 
4th Semester
RESP 226 Clinical Practicum II 5 (15P)
RESP 228 Clinical Simulation II 1 (3P)
RESP 220 Respiratory Seminar I 2
RESP 222 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 4 (3+2P)
PSYC 120 Introduction to Psychology 3
Subtotal   15
 
5th Semester
RESP 240 Clinical Practicum III 5 (15P)
RESP 238 Clinical Simulation III 1 (3P)
RESP 230 Respiratory Seminar II 3
RESP 232 Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care 2
RESP 236 Ethics, Management and Wellness Promotion 2
Subtotal   13
 
Total Credits:   91

Program Plan

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Respiratory Therapy
3.0 credits RESP-110: RT Orientation & Patient Assessment
This course introduces the scope of practice, education, licensure, organizations and brief history of the profession of respiratory care. It also presents the basic techniques of patient interview, medical record review, physical assessment, basic ECG, laboratory and chest x-ray assessment of the patient with cardiopulmonary disorder.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-112, RESP-114
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits RESP-112: Community Health & Infection Control
This course presents an introduction to community health that includes basic concepts in epidemiology in the community, transmission of infectious diseases affecting public health, biological agents and bioterrorism. It also discusses microbiological concepts that apply to the health sciences with the care of patients and protection against infectious diseases. Included are sterilization, disinfection and aseptic techniques.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits RESP-114: Respiratory Physics/Medical Gas Therapy
This course introduces the basic concepts in the physics and the applications of gas laws in respiratory therapy. It discusses the physical characteristics of medical gasses, production, regulation, storage and distribution, and the therapeutic and diagnostic uses of oxygen.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-110, RESP-112
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits RESP-116: Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology
This course presents major pharmacological agents used in treating cardio-pulmonary diseases. It provides a discussion of pharmaceutical classification, drug action, and modes of administration, the metric system, medications and special handling procedures. Also included are cardiac drugs, sedatives, and pain maintenance drugs as they relate to cardio-pulmonary function.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Prerequisites: Take RESP-110.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-118, BIOL-253
Offered: FALL
5.0 credits RESP-118: Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques
This course introduces basic cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing, specifically arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis and pulmonary function testing (PFT). It also covers the various therapeutic modalities used in respiratory care for humidity and aerosol therapy, lung expansion therapy, bronchial hygiene, chest physiotherapy and airway clearance.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-110, RESP-112, and RESP-114.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-116, BIOL-253
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits RESP-120: Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology
This course presents a study of cardiopulmonary diseases, the etiology, clinical manifestations, clinical laboratory testing, respiratory laboratory testing, and respiratory care management of the disease.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-116 and BIOL-253.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-126, RESP-128
Offered: SP
4.0 credits RESP-122: Critical Care Management
This course presents basic emergency airway management techniques and the concepts, applications, and monitoring of patients on mechanical ventilation. Included are non-invasive monitoring techniques, transcutaneous, capnography, and respiratory mechanics.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-116, RESP-118, and BIOL-253.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-120, RESP-124, RESP-126, RESP-128
Offered: SP
2.0 credits RESP-124: Special Procedures in Respiratory Care
This course discusses chest tube and drainage systems, hemodynamic monitoring, sleep studies, bronchoscopy, Holter monitoring, exercise testing, and metabolic studies.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-116, RESP-118, and BIOL-253.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-126, RESP-128
Offered: SP
5.0 credits RESP-126: Clinical Practicum I
This course provides clinical experience in basic therapeutic modalities in the clinical setting. This includes patient assessment, non-invasive monitoring, pulmonary function testing, blood gas analysis, EKG, chest x-ray, medical gas therapy, aerosol therapy, humidity therapy, IPPB, chest physiotherapy, and airway care.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-116, RESP-118, and BIOL-253.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-128
Offered: SP
1.0 credits RESP-128: Clinical Simulation I
This course provides training with the use of human patient simulators in the ER and ICU labs. It includes basic cardiac life support (BCLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), and simulation exercises in the management of chest pain, myocardial infarction, shock, asthma and other medical emergencies.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-116, RESP-118, and BIOL-253.
Minimum grade required: "C"
Corequisites: RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-126
Offered: SP
2.0 credits RESP-220: Respiratory Simulation I
This course introduces the student on the preparation for the certification and written registry examinations by utilizing the guidelines of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Prerequisites: Take RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-126, and RESP-128.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Corequisites: RESP-222, RESP-226, RESP-228
Offered: FALL
4.0 credits RESP-222: Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care
This course introduces assessment skills, resuscitative procedures and appropriate therapies needed to treat the pediatric patient. This course also includes a study of neonatal anatomy and physiology, labor and delivery, high risk infants, resuscitation, ventilator management, and common neonatal pathologies and modalities for their treatment.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-126, and RESP-128.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Corequisites: RESP-220, RESP-226, RESP-228
Offered: FALL
5.0 credits RESP-226: Clinical Practicum II
This course is structured to provide the student the clinical experience in applying respiratory care modalities in an intensive or critical care and emergency settings. Included are modalities for airway care, ventilator management, and monitoring of adult patients.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-126, and RESP-128.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Corequisites: RESP-220, RESP-222, RESP-228
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits RESP-228: Clinical Simulation II
This course provides training using human patient simulators in the ER and ICU lab. It includes pediatric advanced life support (PALS), neonatal resuscitation and simulation exercises in the management of selected neonatal and pediatric disorders.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-126, and RESP-128.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Corequisites: RESP-220, RESP-222, RESP-226
Offered: FALL
3.0 credits RESP-230: Respiratory Seminar II
This course involves application of research and case studies to prepare for the clinical simulation examination by utilizing the guidelines of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Prerequisites: Take RESP-220, RESP-222, RESP-226, and RESP-228.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Corequisites: RESP-232, RESP-236, RESP-238, RESP-240
Offered: SP
2.0 credits RESP-232: Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Home Care
This course presents the principles and applications of pulmonary rehabilitation, respiratory home care, and healthcare reimbursement. Included is sub-acute care geriatrics.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-120, RESP-122, RESP-124, RESP-126, and RESP-128.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Offered: SP
2.0 credits RESP-236: Ethics, Management & Wellness Promotion
This course discusses the ethical and professional practice of respiratory care, principles of management, concepts and strategies of teaching. Included are ethics, leadership and management, adult learning, health and wellness promotion.
Offered: SP
1.0 credits RESP-238: Clinical Simulation III
This course is a review of selected adult, pediatric and neonatal scenarios used in the clinical simulation examination of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Prerequisites: Take RESP-220, RESP-222, RESP-226, and RESP-228.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Corequisites: RESP-230, RESP-232, RESP-236, RESP-240
Offered: SP
5.0 credits RESP-240: Clinical Practicum III
This course is designed to provide clinical experience in general diagnostic therapeutic modalities for neonatal and pediatric patients in the clinical setting. Included are patient transport, mechanical ventilation, airway management, emergency care, and monitoring of neonatal and pediatric patients.
Prerequisites: Take RESP-220, RESP-222, RESP-226, and RESP-228.
Minimum grade required: "C".
Corequisites: RESP-230, RESP-232, RESP-236, RESP-238
Offered: SP

For more information, please call Paulette Stanley at (505) 566-3851. Or send an email to rt@sanjuancollege.edu.