RESPIRATORY CARE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

RESC 3002     Fundamentals of Respiratory Care
The course will present the foundational information related to respiratory care. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with basic respiratory care equipment and develop an understanding regarding the rationale and application of therapeutic modalities. Specific modes of therapy are examined to understand the principles of application to patients including indications, hazards, contraindications, and efficacy. Equipment will include oxygen delivery devices, humidification systems, aerosol generators, pressure ventilators, gas delivery, metering and analyzing devices, secretion clearance devices, environmental devices, manometers, gauges, and vacuum systems.
Materials Fee: $165.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.5

 

RESC 3005     Respiratory Care Pharmacology
This course introduces the physiologic and pharmacologic basis of pulmonary and cardiac medications. Students will study several aspects of the formulation and preparation of the most commonly prescribed respiratory drugs. Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics will be discussed along with drug formulation, drug dosage calculations, indications, contraindications and side effects of cardiac and pulmonary medications.  Topics covered include an overview of bronchoactive agents, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-asthmatics, neuromuscular blocking agents, diuretics, cardiac drugs and drugs that affect the central nervous system.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0

 

RESC 3007     Cardiopulmonary Physiology
This course provides an in-depth study of cardiac and pulmonary anatomy and physiology, as well as the diagnostic procedures commonly used in the hospital to evaluate these systems. Topics include the function of the respiratory system, ventilatory mechanics, gas transport in the blood, natural and chemical regulation of breathing, circulation, blood flow and pressure, and cardiac output. The heart-lung relationship and clinical applications of these phenomena in the cardiopulmonary system will be emphasized.
Semester Credit Hours: 5.0

 

RESC 3011     Patient Assessment
Fundamentals of respiratory assessment will be covered to include review of existing data in the patient record, patient history, physical examination, oximetry, blood gases, respiratory monitoring, pulmonary function assessment, laboratory studies, chest and upper airway radiographs, ventilation/perfusion scans, bedside EKG interpretation, cardiovascular monitoring, and nutritional assessment.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

 

RESC 3012     Patient Care Monitoring
This course provides a study of invasive and non-invasive patient monitoring techniques and equipment. Invasive topics include hemodynamic monitoring, arterial pressure monitoring, central venous and pulmonary artery catheters, as well as cardiac output measurement. Non-invasive monitoring topics include pulse oximetry, transcutaneous monitoring, inductance plethysmography, capnography, and electrocardiogram. This course will also include the recognition and treatment of arrhythmias and an introduction to cardiovascular pharmacology.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.5

 

RESC 3018     Diseases Affecting the Respiratory System
This course provides a comprehensive approach to etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of common pulmonary diseases and syndromes. Main topics include obstructive and restrictive pulmonary and cardiovascular disorders. Non-respiratory disorders impacting cardiopulmonary function commonly encountered in the critical care unit will be discussed.
Semester Credit Hours: 5.0

 

RESC 3019     Clinical Practice I
This course introduces students to clinical practice in basic respiratory care procedures. Topics include: introduction to the clinical affiliate, patient assessment, medical gas therapy, oxygen therapy, and aerosol therapy,. In addition, hyperinflation therapy, airway clearance therapy, , airway care using nasal, endotracheal, and tracheal tubes is introduced in basic care situations. Case presentations are required to integrate clinical and classroom theory. Materials Fee: $165.
Practicum fee: $10 per credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0
Prerequisites: RESC 3005, RESC 3002, and RESC 3011

 

RESC 3021     Mechanical Ventilation
This course provides instruction in the theory, setup, operation, and maintenance of mechanical ventilators and related equipment. Topics include mechanical ventilator theory, ventilator operation, ventilator maintenance, and troubleshooting.
Laboratory fee: $15.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.5

 

RESC 3023     Pulmonary Function Testing  
This course provides a comprehensive overview of diagnostic tests used to evaluate normal and abnormal pulmonary function.  Students will have the opportunity to perform, interpret and evaluate various tests of lung function, including spirometry, measurement of lung volumes, diffusing capacity and metabolic measurements.   Additionally students will learn how to operate, calibrate and do quality control on pulmonary function and gas analysis equipment.
Laboratory fee: $10.
Materials Fee: $165.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.5

 

RESC 3025     Critical Respiratory Care
This course covers instruction on the phases of adult critical care and continuous mechanical ventilation. The history of mechanical ventilation, modes of mechanical ventilatory support, implementation, patient stabilization, monitoring, hemodynamics, ventilator weaning, and discontinuance will be covered.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0

 

RESC 3029     Clinical Practice II
Critical respiratory care is introduced to include all tasks presented in Clinical Practice I as applied to the intensive care unit. In addition, tracheostomy care, ventilator monitoring, arterial puncture and blood gas analysis, endotracheal intubation, EKG services, and bronchoscopy observation are introduced. Case presentations are required to integrate clinical and classroom theory.
Materials Fee: $165.
Practicum fee: $10 per credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.5
Prerequisites: RESC 3019

 

RESC 4001     Cardiopulmonary Technology
An overview of the various areas comprising cardiopulmonary diagnostics and related technology will be provided. Topics include sleep laboratory, stress and exercise testing, metabolic testing, ventilation/ perfusion scanning, cardiac catheterization laboratory, and noninvasive cardiology. In addition, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, mechanical circulatory assistance, hyperbaric medicine, and perfusion technology will be introduced.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

 

RESC 4002     Geriatric Respiratory Care
The course introduces students to aging issues along with expected psychological changes in older adults and how they relate to patient care. Topics include: ageism, demographics of aging, age associated cardiac and pulmonary changes, geriatric patient assessment, atypical disease presentation, , pulmonary disease, geriatric pharmacotherapy, delirium and dementia,  communicating with the elderly, health aging strategies, and health care economics.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0

 

RESC 4003     Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care
This course provides an overview of the most important concepts to understand the neonatal and pediatric patient. From fetal growth to infant’s development, students will learn how to assess, identify, and treat the most common respiratory diseases that affect the neonatal and pediatric patient. An overview of common congenital diseases, including the respiratory, cardiac, gastrointestinal, and neurologic systems will be included. This course also has 20 hours of laboratory time to work with respiratory care equipment used to care for neonates and pediatric patients to include isolettes, ventilators, specialty gases, intubation, manual resuscitators, airway clearance devices, and airway maintenance.
Materials Fee: $165.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0

 

RESC 4009     Clinical Practice III
Students will have an opportunity to further develop skills required in the intensive care of the respiratory patient. Topics include comprehensive ventilator management, measurement and evaluation of hemodynamic variables, noninvasive monitoring, and pulmonary function laboratory. Specialty rotations include: intubation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy units, cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, pulmonary rehabilitation, and home care. This course also introduces the student to neonatal and pediatric care. Case presentations are required to integrate clinical and classroom theory. This clinic also includes a review of respiratory care as it pertains to the national credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).
Materials Fee: $165.
Practicum fee: $10 per credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 5.0
Prerequisites: RESC 3021, 3023, 3025, and 3029

 

RESC 4012     Disease Management, Rehabilitation, and Extended Care
This course provides an overview of the concepts, procedures, and equipment utilized in the delivery of long-term care to persons with a chronic cardiopulmonary disorder. The development and implementation of disease management programs for the care of patients with asthma, COPD, and other chronic conditions is presented. Pulmonary rehabilitation, patient education, and smoking cessation programs are reviewed. Provision of health care services in the home and other nonacute settings is examined, along with technological and procedural aspects of cardiopulmonary equipment.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

 

RESC 4013     Management
This course is an introduction to management principles and problems and their relation to health care organizations. The duties and obligations of the healthcare manager are covered and related to various leadership strategies. The student will develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style and how to effectively utilize their strengths in a leadership capacity. The primary focus is on hospital-based respiratory care departments and alternative settings.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisite:
senior status

 

RESC 4015     Education in Respiratory Care
This course is an introduction to basic principles and techniques used in respiratory care education. Topics include: course design, objectives, lesson-plan development, learning strategies, evaluation, use of media, and development of a community education presentation.
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisite:
senior status

 

RESC 4017     Introduction to Research
This course provides an overview of the basic principles of research, research design and statistical analysis at it relates to healthcare professionals, with the goal of encouraging  involvement in research after graduation.   Students will develop a hypothesis, write a problem statement, review the literature, evaluate the literature, design a study, analyze data, write an abstract and prepare a poster for presentation to the class
Semester Credit Hours: 2.0
Prerequisite:
senior status

 

RESC 4019     Clinical Practice IV
The course focuses on perinatal and pediatric respiratory care. Topics include: medical gas therapy, oxygen delivery devices, aerosol therapy, hyperinflation therapy, airway clearance devices, patient assessment, monitoring (invasive and noninvasive), airway care, and labor and delivery assistance. Specialty rotations include the burn unit. Case presentations are required to integrate clinical and classroom theory and review the national credentialing examinations.
Materials Fee: $165.
Practicum fee: $10 per credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 4.0
Prerequisites: RESC 4003 and 4009

 

RESC 4021     Issues and Trends
Current issues relevant to the cardiopulmonary sciences and respiratory care will be explored. Health care delivery systems, new trends in organization and management, new treatments and technologies, ethical issues in health care, as well as issues related to professional development and practice will be discussed in this capstone course for advanced standing students.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: Bachelor Degree Completion student status

 

RESC 4029     Clinical Specialization
Students will have an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of critical care competencies. In addition, students are provided with the opportunity to develop an area of specialization. Specialization areas may include neonatal/pediatrics, adult critical care, pulmonary function laboratory, advanced diagnostics, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, management, research, or education.
Practicum fee: $10 per credit hour.
Semester Credit Hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: RESC 4019

 

RESC 4091     Independent Study
This course includes independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. The course may be repeated.
Semester Credit Hours: 1.0-6.0