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Respiratory Care

RET 1007   RESPIRATORY PHARMACOLOGY

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: Admission to the program. This course will provide the student with general pharmacology concepts and principles in the management of client care. The knowledge and skills required for safe, effective administration of therapeutic drugs and indications and contraindications associated with drug therapy are an integral part of this course. This course introduces essential and advanced concepts of pharmacology as related to Respiratory Care. Drugs related to both maintenance and emergency care will be emphasized. Anatomy and physiology of body systems as related to drug therapy will be an integral part of this course. Various problematic states related to cardiopulmonary illness with an emphasis on drug therapy will be discussed. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) standards of drug practice will be included. 47 contact hours.

RET 1024   FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: Admission to the program. This is a ten-unit course covering an orientation to Respiratory Care as a special field, physical principles, introduction to cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and a thorough working knowledge of basic equipment, procedures of cleaning and sterilization procedures. 47 contact hours.

RET 1264   PRINCIPLES OF MECHANICAL VENTILATION

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: RET 1024 with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: RET 1485. This course will include an introduction to mechanical ventilation and an overview of fundamental principles necessary in the management of critically ill patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Advanced ventilatory techniques used in the treatment of critically ill patients will also be covered. 47 contact hours.

RET 1485   CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: RET 1024 with a grade of "C" or better. This is a course covering all aspects of normal cardiopulmonary physiology, and the effects of related systems. Topics include respiratory anatomy, mechanics of breathing, arterial blood gases, pulmonary ventilation/perfusion relationships , gas transport mechanisms of blood, neurologic control of ventilation, cardiac and renal function, and respiratory adjustments in health and disease. 47 contact hours.

RET 1874L   CLINICAL PRACTICE I

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: Admission to the program. This is a modular course covering the basic respiratory therapy procedures encountered in the student's first clinical affiliate, medical gas therapy and aerosol therapy. Laboratory experience precedes in-hospital care. 92 contact hours.

RET 1875L   CLINICAL PRACTICE II

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: RET 1874L with a grade of "C" or better. The student will refine those clinical skills introduced in Clinical Practice I. In addition, intermittent positive pressure breathing, chest physiotherapy and sustained maximal inspiratory therapy will be introduced. Laboratory experience precedes in-hospital patient care. 92 contact hours.

RET 2244   LIFE SUPPORT

credits: 1  
Prerequisite: RET 1007 with a grade of “C” or higher and current Basic Life Support (BLS) card. This course is designed to provide instruction regarding algorithms and advanced techniques involved in adult, pediatric and neonatal resuscitation. 16 contact hours.

RET 2284   ADVANCED MODALITIES AND MONITORING

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: RET 1264 with a grade of "C" or better. This course shall provide a complete review of the modalities and monitoring techniques employed in the care and evaluation of the critically ill patient. The theory and application of ventilatory devices and techniques will be covered in detail. The course will also focus on the theory and application of invasive and non-invasive monitoring of the critically ill patient. 32 contact hours.

RET 2414   DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES AND PULMONARY REHABILITATION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: RET 1485 with a grade of "C" or better. This is a course designed to introduce the student to the diagnostic methods and equipment used to interpret and evaluate the status of patients. Emphasis is on diagnostic techniques used in pulmonary function studies, blood gas analysis, cardiac and pulmonary stress testing, metabolic studies, sleep studies, bronchoscopy and pulmonary rehabilitation. The student will recognize alterations from testing data, be able to interpret these alterations with respect to possible diagnosis, degrees of impairment and recommend a treatment regime. The therapeutic techniques and procedures involved in the home and rehabilitative care of the pulmonary patient will follow the presentation of diagnostic procedures. Clinical experience will occur during Clinical Practice IV. 47 contact hours.

RET 2450   CARDIOPULMONARY ASSESSMENT

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: RET 1485 with a grade of "C" or better. The integral components of data collection, assessment, and evaluation necessary for effective treatment of patients with cardiopulmonary disorders will be covered in detail in this course. Patient interview, physical examination, laboratory data review, and chest radiograph interpretation will be emphasized. 32 contact hours.

RET 2484   PULMONARY DISEASE

credits: 2  
Prerequisites: RET 1485 and BSC 2086/2086L all with grades of "C" or better. This course is an introduction to pulmonary diseases. Topics include respiratory infections, COPD, the pneumonconiosis, fibrotic disease, malignant diseases, pulmonary involvement in systemic disease and respiratory failure. Teaching methodology will include lecture, examinations, and class discussion. 32 contact hours.

RET 2714   NEONATAL-PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: RET 2484 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will cover development and physiology of the fetal and neonatal lung including perinatal circulation, pulmonary function in infants, and developmental physiology of the lung. Neonatal pulmonary disorders will be overviewed and the treatment of pediatric patients with an emphasis on respiratory care techniques will be explored. 32 contact hours.

RET 2876L   CLINICAL PRACTICE III

credits: 4  
Prerequisite: RET 1875L with a grade of "C" or better. This is a modular course reviewing the principles and practice of basic respiratory care techniques. Airway care and critical respiratory care will be introduced. In addition, X-ray and EKG services will be surveyed. Laboratory practice precedes actual patient care. This course may also be taken to fulfill transitional program requirements. 272 contact hours.

RET 2877L   CLINICAL PRACTICE IV

credits: 4  
Prerequisite: RET 2876L with a grade of "C" or better. The student will continue to practice critical respiratory care. Laboratory as well as clinical introductions to cardiopulmonary testing will be included with an emphasis on pulmonary function testing and blood gases. In addition, students will rotate through surgery and the recovery room. Laboratory experience precedes in-hospital practice. 182 contact hours.

RET 2878L   CLINICAL PRACTICE V

credits: 4  
Prerequisite: RET 2877L with a grade of "C" or better. This course will continue to refine those respiratory care techniques applicable to the critically ill patient with an emphasis on prolonged mechanical ventilation. A laboratory review of the most commonly used ventilators with an emphasis on practical applications will occur. Pediatric and neonatal respiratory care rotations will be included with an emphasis on hands-on clinical practice. Refinement of pulmonary function testing and blood gases skills will be continued. 182 contact hours.

RET 2879L   CLINICAL PRACTICE VI

credits: 4  
Prerequisite: RET 2878L with a grade of "C" or better. This is the last clinical practice course with completion leading to graduation from the Respiratory Care Program. It will include pediatric and neonatal respiratory care, home respiratory care, as well as a section for review of all phases previously covered. A "C" or better must be achieved on the Clinical Practice VI Comprehensive Written Program Examination in order to complete the course of study and obtain the award of the Associate in Science in Respiratory Care. 272 contact hours.

RET 2935   MEDICAL-SURGICAL ASPECTS OF RESPIRATORY CARE

credits: 2  
Prerequisite: RET 2484 with a grade of "C" or better. The general principles of medicine and surgery as they apply to respiratory care will be presented in a series of individualized learning packages and supplemented by guest physician lectures. In addition, other topics pertinent to respiratory care will be presented including special procedures, new concepts and treatment modalities, diagnostic tests, and conditions causing impairment to the pulmonary system not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. 32 contact hours.

RET 3050   EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE IN RESPIRATORY CARE

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: Admission to Health Services Administration BAS program; Respiratory Care Subplan and HSA 3702 with a minimum grade of C. This course focuses on statistical analyses, peer reviewed research databases, understanding systematic and meta-analysis reviews, and evidence based research in the current respiratory care literature, evidence based medicine and integrating evidence based research into practice as a respiratory therapist and health services administrator will be emphasized. 

RET 4285   ADVANCED CARDIOPULMONARY MEDICINE

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C and Admission into the HSA-BAS Program and Respiratory Care Subplan . This course focuses on the theories, concepts and principles of management of the cardiopulmonary compromised patient. Current trends in critical care medicine will be examined. 62 contact hours.

RET 4494   ADVANCED CARDIOPULMONARY PATHOPHYSIOLOGY

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C and Admission to Health Services Administration; Respiratory Care Subplan.This course explores a broad range of abnormalities in the physiologic functioning of the human cardiopulmonary system. Additional topics include the etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical manifestations of related systems to include the digestive, renal, nervous and endocrine systems. Course content prepares the credentialed Respiratory Therapist to distinguish between health and non-health of related systems 
 

RET 4715   ADVANCED NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE

credits: 4  

Prerequisite: Admission to the HSA-BAS program and Respiratory Care Subplan and HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C. This comprehensive course focuses on advancing the knowledge of the respiratory therapy student from basic disease knowledge and treatment to innovative and novel modalities in the treatment of critically ill neonatal and pediatric respiratory patients. 62 contact hours.


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