Respiratory Care

Respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and care for patients who have breathing disorders.

If you join this growing field, you'll work under the supervision of a physician administering respiratory therapy to patients with chronic illnesses such as asthma or emphysema. You'll also assist in emergencies when life-support treatment is needed.

Respiratory therapists set up, operate and monitor devices that provide oxygen or medicine in the form of a mist or gas to patients. You must be able to see and hear well, have mechanical ability and manual dexterity to work with machines and be able to be on your feet most of the day.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for respiratory therapists is expected to climb 19% through the year 2016.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

Courses


RSP*H112
Fundamentals of Respiratory Care
4 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the Program. A lecture-laboratory course that provides an introduction to basic principles of clinical respiratory care integrating physical principles of respiratory care throughout the course. Topics covered include: principles of infection control, medical gas therapy, aerosol and humidity therapy and basic patient assessment. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory exercises weekly. Corequisite RSP*H121.

RSP*H121
Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the Program. This course includes an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the pulmonary and cardiac system. Topics will include but are not limited to: the circulatory system, applied physiology and physical principles of the respiratory system and gas exchange. Emphasis will be placed on structure and function. Corequisite RSP*H112.

RSP*H131
Applied Pharmacology
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H112, RSP*H121 with grades of “C” or better. This course includes the study of the composition, indications for and effects of medication administered to patients treated in the field of respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on drugs prescribed for the cardiopulmonary, renal and neurological system. Corequisite RSP*H141.

RSP*H141
Principles of Respiratory Care
4 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H112, RSP*H121 with grades of “C” or better. This course introduces the student to basic principles of clinical respiratory care. Topics include but are not limited to: medical gas therapy, patient assessment, OSHA and infection control standards, oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, bronchial hygiene therapy, hyperinflation therapy, ethics and professionalism, medical documentation. An integrated laboratory experience is included. Corequisites RSP*H180 and RSP*H131.

RSP*H151
Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology and Diagnostics
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H131, RSP*H141 with grades of “C” or better. This course focuses on the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and treatment of various cardiopulmonary diseases and diseases that directly affect the cardiopulmonary system. Case application will be included. Corequisite RSP*H181.

RSP*H180
Clinical Practicum
1 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the program. This course provides supervised clinical experience in providing basic respiratory care to patients. Clinical experiences will focus on the areas of chart review, documentation and reporting, bedside assessment, breathing exercises, infection control techniques, medical gas therapy, and aerosol drug delivery. Corequisites RSP*H141 and RSP*H131.

RSP*H181
Clinical Practicum II
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H180, RSP*H141, RSP*H131 with grades of “C” or better. This course provides supervised clinical experience in providing respiratory therapy to medical floor patients. Clinical experiences will focus on bronchial hygiene therapy, hyperinflation therapy, bi-level ventilation, airway management, and arterial blood gas sampling. Students will also rotate to ancillary clinical sites focusing on respiratory therapy provided at extended care and rehabilitation facilities. Corequisite RSP*H151.

RSP*H201
Future Trends
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H262, RSP*H270, RSP*H281 with grades of “C” or better. This seminar course focuses on the various current issues affecting respiratory care. Topics include but are not limited to: smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation, communication styles for various age ranges, research methods and statistics. Corequisites RSP*H282 and RSP*H291.

RSP*H262
Advanced Principles of Respiratory Care
4 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H151, RSP*H181 with grades of “C” or better. The course focuses on conventional and alternative forms of mechanical ventilation. Indications, application, discontinuation and physical effects of mechanical ventilation will be covered. In addition, non-invasive, home and pediatric mechanical ventilation strategies will be covered. This course includes an integrated laboratory that includes demonstrated competency with equipment prior to clinical application. Corequisites RSP*H270 and H281.

RSP*H270
Hemodynamic and Critical Care Monitoring
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H151, RSP*H181 with grades of “C” or better. This course focuses on hemodynamic monitoring and assessment on the adult critical care unit. Topics include: EKG rhythm interpretation, central venous pressure monitoring, pulmonary artery pressure monitoring, ACLS overview and intracranial pressure monitoring. Corequisites RSP*H262 and RSP*H281.

RSP*H271
Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Diagnostics
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: RSP*H151 with grade of “C” or better. This course provides the student instruction on assessment of pulmonary function studies and other diagnostic procedures used within a pulmonary/cardiovascular laboratory setting. Topics include: stress testing, metabolic testing, rehabilitation techniques, sleep studies and research techniques.

RSP*H281
Advanced Clinical Practicum
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: BIO*H212, RSP*H151, RSP*H181 with grades of “C” or better. This course provides supervised clinical experience in providing respiratory therapy to intensive care patients. Clinical experiences will focus on mechanical ventilation of the adult patient. Corequisites RSP*H262 and RSP*H270 .

RSP*H282
Advanced Clinical Practicum II
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H262, RSP*H270, RSP*H281 with grades of “C” or better. This course provides supervised clinical experiences in the adult, neonatal, and pediatric intensive care units. Clinical experiences will focus on hemodynamic monitoring and assessment, respiratory care in the emergency setting, and continuous mechanical ventilation of the adult, neonate, and pediatric patient. Students will also complete an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course during this clinical practicum. Corequisites RSP*H201 and RSP*H292.

RSP*H291
Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: RSP*H270, RSP*H262, RSP*H281 with grades of “C” or better. This course provides the student with a comprehensive study of pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Topics include but are not limited to: diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, cardiopulmonary pathophysiology, ventilator management, critical care techniques, PALS and NRP techniques and embryology. Corequisite RSP*H282.