Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
RCP100Intro to Respiratory Care3This initial course in the Respiratory Therapy program emphasizes the assessment and evaluation of patients. Also included will be a history of health care, medical specialties, communication skills and medical terminology. Students must demonstrate skill in the assessment of patient vital signs. Prerequisite: BIO 733 or 164Loading...
RCP240Respiratory Therapeutics4This course introduces the student to basic therapeutic techniques utilized in respiratory care. Major topics include medical gas therapy, humidity and aerosol, cylinder systems and physical principles of gases and liquids. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in the techniques to receive a passing grade in the course. Prerequisite: RCP 100 must be taken concurrently or prior to this courseLoading...
RCP250Cardio/Pulmonary Therapeutics4Students will learn basic patient care techniques of hyperinflation therapy, secretion clearance, airway care, patient assessment, pulmonary rehabilitation, subacute respiratory care and assessment of effectiveness of therapies. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in procedures to succeed in this course. Corequisite: RCP 100 must be taken concurrently with or prior to this course. Corequisite: RCP 240Loading...
RCP360Cardio/Pulmonary Renal Pathoph5An in-depth study of the normal functioning of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal systems emphasizing their interactions. Progresses to study of the common adolescent and adult diseases affecting the three systems. Interpretation of the results of arterial blood gas pH data will be taught. Prerequisite: RCP 250 and BIO 734 must be taken concurrently with or prior to this courseLoading...
RCP400Resp Therapy Pharmacology3This course provides a study of the actions and interactions of drugs with and within the body. Theories of drug action, pharmacodynamics and methods for drug administration will be taught. Drugs affecting the cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal systems will be emphasized. Prerequisite: RCP 250 and BIO 734 must be taken concurrently with or prior to this courseLoading...
RCP410Cardio/Pulmonary Diagnostics3Principles and techniques of testing of cardiovascular and pulmonary function will be learned with an emphasis on the evaluation and interpretation of the results of the tests. Integration of test results with clinical picture with emphasis on therapeutics, and principles of polysomnography will be learned. Prerequisite: BIO 734 or 164, RCP 360, 400Loading...
RCP500Advanced Respiratory Therapy5Techniques of initiation, monitoring, maintenance and discontinuation of mechanical ventilation in a variety of care settings will be learned. Students will develop skill in ABG analysis and electrocardiography. Adjuncts for the advanced life support will be learned. Students will become proficient in the analysis of arterial blood gases and basic techniques of electrocardiography. Students will learn the use of adjuncts for the treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest. Prerequisite: BIO 734 or 164, RCP 360Loading...
RCP601Neonatal/Ped Resp Therapy4Course will begin with embryonic development of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems and progress to teaching normal function, as well as teaching the common neonatal and pediatric diseases, including therapeutic techniques and monitoring of the patients. Prerequisite: BIO 734 or 164, RCP 360Loading...
RCP640Introduction To Sleep Medicine2This initial class will provide the student the history of sleep medicine along with basics of normal and abnormal sleep. Screening and types of studies will be learned. Instrumentation set-up and calibration will be introduced. Prerequisites: Graduation from an accredited respiratory therapy educational program and active Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. Currently enrolled in the second half of an accredited respiratory therapy educational program and permission of Program Director.Loading...
RCP645Sleep Medicine I3Students will develop knowledge, skill and attitudes for successful testing of persons suspected of having sleep disorders. Learning will occur in class and laboratory settings.Loading...
RCP650Sleep Medicine II3Students will develop knowledge, skill and attitudes for successful evaluation, scoring and facilitating interpretation of data from sleep testing. Methods of assisting patients to comply with therapies for identified sleep disorders will be learned. Learning will occur in class and laboratory settings. Prerequisite or Corequisite: RCP 640 and RCP 645 both with a C or better.Loading...
RCP700Resp Therapy Practicum I4This is the initial hospital experience. Consists of supervised care of patients with respiratory disorders. Students will administer IPPB, aerosol, postural drainage and incentive breathing therapies. Other therapeutic modalities will be introduced as well. Prerequisite: RCP250. Corequisite: RCP 360, 400Loading...
RCP705Resp Therapy Practicum II5This practicum will continue the supervised experience in provision of basic patient care techniques to therapies from Practicum I. Arterial puncture, arterial line sampling and analysis of blood samples will be introduced. Suctioning of airways will be emphasized. Prerequisite: RCP 700Loading...
RCP710Resp Therapy Practicum III7The practicum continues supervised experience in basic therapeutic techniques with emphasis on increased speed and efficiency. Neonatal intensive care will be introduced. Students will continue development of skills in sampling and analyzing arterial blood. ECG and other cardiac diagnostic tests will be observed. Prerequisite: RCP 601, 705Loading...
RCP715Resp Therapy Practicum IV7Hospital respiratory care with the addition of mechanical ventilation and care of patients in critical care units will complement the techniques from the prior practicums. Observation and performance of pulmonary function testing will be introduced. Prerequisite: RCP 500, 710, 410 must be taken concurrently with or prior to this courseLoading...
RCP720Resp Therapy Practicum V5The fourth clinical experience with emphasis on the care of patients in critical care areas of the hospital. All techniques and procedures previously performed will continue to be administered to patients. Prerequisite: RCP 410, 715Loading...
RCP770Sleep Practicum I2Students will learn the basics of patient admission, monitoring set-up, initiation of monitoring and monitoring of patients during sleep.Loading...
RCP775Sleep Practicum II2Students will develop clinical skill in review and scoring of sleep studies, facilitating physician interpretation and reporting results of sleep studies.Loading...
RCP780Sleep Practicum III2Students will develop clinical skill in teaching patients to implement therapy for identified sleep disorders and to assist patients to remain compliant with those therapies.Loading...
RCP800Resp Therapy Mgmt and Ethics3Begins with study of the organization and management of a respiratory therapy department. Consideration of issues of jurisprudence and medicolegal aspects of health care. Tactful interactions and ethical practices will be emphasized. Will also serve to review much of what has been assimilated in the program. Prerequisite: RCP 710Loading...