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Respiratory Therapy (RSTH)

Enrollment in Respiratory Therapy courses is limited to students who have applied, have been interviewed and have been selected for 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 care of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases, cardiopulmonary disorders, and 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.
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. (4-3-3)
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.
Respiratory Care Seminar I. (2-3-0)
This course explores the effects of certain body states on cardiopulmonary physiology, explores hemodynamics, and prepares the student to analyze various clinically significant ECGs for rhythm disturbances.
Cardiopulmonary Case Studies and Ethical Issues (1-1.5-0)
Use patient history, physical exam, and advanced diagnostic, including advanced cardiac life support and fluids and electrolytes,in evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, management, of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders and ethical consideration of case studies.
Clinical Applications and Procedures III. (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 sleep medicine Hospital practicum.
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)
This course is designed to familiarize the student with techniques used to clinically assess a patient both subjectively and objectively. It also introduces the student to invasive monitoring systems used in critical care units such as, Swan-Ganz catheterization, CVP and arterial lines, intracranial pressure monitoring, chest drainage and counter-pulsation.
Advanced Practitioners Review. (1-1.5-0)
Review course designed to prepare the therapist level respiratory therapy student for the Entry level practitioner exam (CRT) and 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. (2-1-1)
Lecture/laboratory course designed to provide the respiratory therapy student an introduction to the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and home care of patients with chronic cardiopulmonary diseases.

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