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Respiratory Therapy Course Descriptions

RCP 110  Introduction to Respiratory Care

This course introduces the respiratory care profession. Topics include the role of the respiratory care practitioner, medical gas administration, basic patient assessment, infection control, and medical terminology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations. Introductory concepts in respiratory anatomy and physiology are covered.

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Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy program

Corequisite: RCP 113, RCP 114, and RCP 123

RCP 110 Course Outline

RCP 111  Therapeutics/Diagnostics

This course is a continuation of RCP 110. Emphasis is on entry-level therapeutic and diagnostic procedures used in respiratory care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations. Concepts in respiratory pharmacology are covered.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: RCP 110, RCP 113, RCP 114

Corequisite: RCP 145

RCP 111 Course Outline

RCP 112  Patient Management

This course provides entry-level skills in adult and pediatric mechanical ventilation as well as respiratory care procedures in traditional and alternative settings. Emphasis is on therapeutic modalities and physiological effects of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, home care, mechanical ventilation, and monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: RCP 111

Corequisite: RCP 115, RCP 153, RCP 224

RCP 112 Course Outline

RCP 113  RCP Pharmacology

This course covers the drugs used in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasis is placed on the uses, actions, indications, administration, and hazards of pharmacological agents. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence though written evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: Restricted to students enrolled in Respiratory Therapy program

Corequisite: RCP 110, RCP 114, RCP 123

RCP 113 Course Outline

RCP 114  C-P Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides a concentrated study of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology essential to the practice of respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, acid/base balance, and blood gas interpretation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these concepts through written evaluation.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: None

Corequisite: RCP 110, RCP 113, RCP 123

RCP 114 Course Outline

RCP 115  C-P Pathophysiology

This course introduces the etiology, pathogenesis, and physiology of cardiopulmonary diseases and disorders. Emphasis is on clinical signs and symptoms along with diagnoses, complications, prognoses, and management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these concepts through written evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: RCP 111, BIO 168, and BIO 169

Corequisite: RCP 112, RCP 153, RCP  223

RCP 115 Course Outline

RCP 123  Special Practice Lab

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Restricted to students enrolled in Respiratory Therapy program

Corequisite:RCP 110, RCP 113, RCP 114

RCP 123 Course Outline

RCP 145  RCP Clinical Practice II

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations. Medicated aerosol administration, pulmonary clearance mechanisms, and artificial airway maintenance are emphasized.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 15

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: RCP 110 and RCP 123

Corequisite: RCP 111

RCP 145 Course Outline

RCP 153  RCP Clinical Practice III

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations. Equipment and techniques for intermittent, non-invasive, and invasive mechanical ventilation are introduced.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 9

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisite: RCP 111 and RCP 145

Corequisite: RCP 112, RCP 115, RCP 223

RCP 153 Course Outline

RCP 210  Critical Care Concepts

This course provides further refinement of acute patient care and underlying pathophysiology. Topics include a continuation in the study of mechanical ventilation, underlying pathophysiology, and introduction of critical care monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations. This course also covers knowledge and skills the student must have to provide respiratory care for neonatal and pediatric patients.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: RCP 112, RCP 115

Corequisite: RCP 214, RCP 235

RCP 210 Course Outline

RCP 211  Advanced Monitoring/Procedures

This course includes advanced information gathering and decision making for the respiratory care professional. Topics include advanced cardiac monitoring and special procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate, design, and recommend appropriate care plans through written and laboratory evaluations. This course also covers supervision and management skills.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 4

Prerequisite: RCP 210, RCP 214

Corequisite: RCP 245, RCP 215

RCP 211 Course Outline

RCP 214 Neonatal /Pediatric Respiratory Care

This course provides in-depth coverage of the concepts of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on neonatal and pediatric pathophysiology and on the special therapeutic needs of neonates and children. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these concepts through written and laboratory evaluations. Students will also develop their critical thinking skills by working through clinical case studies.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 2

Prerequisite: RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 115

Corequisite: RCP 210, RCP 235

RCP 214 Course Outline

RCP 215  Career Prep - Advanced Level

This course provides preparation for employment and for the advanced-level practitioner credentialing exam. Emphasis is on review of the NBRC Advanced-Level Practitioner Exam as well as on supervision and management. Upon completion, students should be able to complete successfully the appropriate self-assessment examinations and meet the requirements for employment.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: RCP 210, RCP 214

Corequisite: RCP 211, RCP 245

RCP 215 Course Outline

RCP 223 Special Practice Lab

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 1

Prerequisite: RCP 145

Corequisite: RCP 153, RCP 112, RCP 115

RCP 223 Course Outline

RCP 235  RCP Clinical Practice IV

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations. Advanced concepts in adult mechanical ventilation as well as equipment and techniques for pediatric and neonatal mechanical ventilation are introduced.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 15

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisites: RCP 111, RCP 112, RCP 153, RCP 223

Corequisite: RCP 210, RCP 214

RCP 235 Course Outline

RCP 245  RCP Clinical Practice V

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations. Adult, pediatric, and neonatal critical care experiences are continued; and invasive and noninvasive monitoring devices are discussed.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 15

Semester Hours Credit: 5

Prerequisite: RCP 210 and RCP 235

Corequisite: RCP 211, RCP 215

RCP 245 Course Outline
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