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Respiratory Care (RESPCARE) Courses

Lower Division

RESPCARE 105 INTERPROFESSIONAL PATIENT CARE SKILLS LAB (1-4-2)(F). An interprofessional disciplinary team approach is used to teach basic patient care skills and interventions to restore and protect health. (Pass/Fail.)

RESPCARE 203 FOUNDATIONS OF RESPIRATORY CARE (3-0-3)(F). Theory and application of physics, chemistry, basic therapeutics, and disease management for respiratory therapists. Topics to include oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, humidity, aerosol therapy, airway clearance, hyperinflation, medical gasses, and patient monitoring. COREQ: RESPCARE 204, RESPCARE 208.

RESPCARE 204 FOUNDATIONS OF RESPIRATORY CARE LAB (1-2-2)(F). Equipment and basic therapeutics for respiratory care. Compressed gas cylinders, oxygen delivery devices, hyperinflation, airway clearance techniques, pulse oximetry, capnography, large and small volume nebulizers, MDI/DPI devices, and introduction to artificial airways.  COREQ: RESPCARE 203, RESPCARE 208.

RESPCARE 208 CLINICAL PRACTICUM I (0-3-1)(F). Experience in the hospital with patients, techniques, and equipment. Emphasis on use of medical gases. COREQ: RESPCARE 203, RESPCARE 204.

RESPCARE 217 PULMONARY ASSESSMENT (1-0-1)(F). Theory and application of basic pulmonary assessment including inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.

RESPCARE 220 CARDIOPULMONARY RENAL PHYSIOLOGY (3-0-3)(F). Normal and clinical physiological functions of the pulmonary, circulatory and renal systems. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.

RESPCARE 221 ECG INTERPRETATION (1-0-1)(S). Basic interpretation of the electrocardiogram and recognition of cardiac arrhythmias. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.

RESPCARE 223 RESPIRATORY CARE THERAPEUTICS AND INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL VENTILATION (3-0-3)(S). Principles and application of hyperinflation therapy, chest physiotherapy, medication calculation, arterial blood gas interpretation and an introduction to adult mechanical ventilation. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 224, RESPCARE 228, RESPCARE 250.

RESPCARE 224 RESPIRATORY CARE THERAPEUTICS AND INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL VENTILATION LAB (1-2-2)(S). Use and application of hyperinflation therapy devices, chest physiotherapy, suction devices, oral endotracheal intubation and adult mechanical ventilation. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 223, RESPCARE 228, RESPCARE 250.

RESPCARE 228 CLINICAL PRACTICUM II (0-12-4)(S). Experience in the hospitals with patients, techniques, and equipment used in hyperinflation therapy and chest physiotherapy. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 223, RESPCARE 224, RESPCARE 250.

RESPCARE 229 CARDIOPULMONARY DIAGNOSTICS (3-0-3)(S). Students will develop foundational knowledge regarding gathering and interpretation of laboratory tests, radiographic images and cardiopulmonary diagnostics. PREREQ: RESPCARE 220.

RESPCARE 248 SUMMER CLINICAL PRACTICUM (0-V-V)(SU). Experience in critical care units with patients, techniques and equipment as applied to mechanical ventilation and artificial airways. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: RESPCARE 228 and PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 250 RECITATION AND APPLICATION II (1-0-1)(S). Review, discussion, and application of information presented in theory and lab with reference to clinical situations. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 223, RESPCARE 224, RESPCARE 228.

Upper Division

RESPCARE 300 RECITATION AND APPLICATION III (1-0-1)(F). Review, discussion, and application of information presented in theory and lab with reference to clinical situations. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 303, RESPCARE 304, RESPCARE 308.

RESPCARE 301 PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS (2-0-2)(F). Principles, practical uses, and interaction of drugs and their relationship to disease. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.

RESPCARE 302 GENERAL PATHOLOGY (2-0-2)(S). Human pathology pertaining to systems of defense, modes of injury, diseases of development and function, heart, hematopoietic lymphoreticular, and respiratory systems. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.

RESPCARE 303 ADVANCED MECHANICAL VENTILATION (3-0-3)(F). Theory and clinical application of advanced mechanical ventilation of the adult, including care and management of artificial airways, and clinical application of hemodynamic monitoring. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 300, RESPCARE 304, RESPCARE 308.

RESPCARE 304 ADVANCED MECHANICAL VENTILATION LAB (1-2-2)(F). In-depth practice, application and understanding of a variety of state-of-the-art critical care ventilators used to ventilate adults. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 300, RESPCARE 303, RESPCARE 308.

RESPCARE 308 CLINICAL PRACTICUM III (0-16-5)(F). Experience in the hospital with patients, techniques, and equipment as applied to mechanical ventilation and artificial airways. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 300, RESPCARE 303, RESPCARE 304.

RESPCARE 323 NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE (3-0-3)(S). Theory and application of therapeutic techniques specific to neonatal and pediatric patients. Congenital heart disease, prematurity, infant respiratory distress syndrome, pediatric specific disease processes. PREREQ: RESPCARE 303. COREQ: RESPCARE 324, RESPCARE 328, RESPCARE 460.

RESPCARE 324 NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE LAB (0-2-1)(S). Equipment and mechanical ventilators specific to neonatal and pediatric patients. High frequency ventilation, neonatal resuscitation, exogenous surfactant, basic care of neonates, and pediatric specific ventilation techniques. PREREQ: RESPCARE 303. COREQ: RESPCARE 323, RESPCARE 328, RESPCARE 460.

RESPCARE 328 CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV (0-16-5)(S). Experience in the hospital and other health care environments with any or all aspects of respiratory care. PREREQ: RESPCARE 303. COREQ: RESPCARE 323, RESPCARE 324, RESPCARE 460.

RESPCARE 329 CARDIOPULMONARY DISEASES AND MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(S). Emphasis placed on cardiopulmonary conditions, disease states, practices and special procedures encountered in hospital, out-patient and rehabilitation setting. Case studies/problem-based learning will be used to develop students who can gather and synthesize information for comprehensive approach to the practice of respiratory care. PREREQ: RESPCARE 229.

RESPCARE 355 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTH CARE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Focus on professional written and oral communication as practiced within the scope of respiratory care. Develop audience specific written documents, including writing that is appropriate for a professional journal or conference, and prepare, deliver, and evaluate oral presentations. PREREQ: Admission to BSRC Degree Advancement Program.

RESPCARE 376 CULTURE, DIVERSITY, AND HEALTHCARE (3-0-3)(S). Examine the influence of social, cultural, and religious beliefs on health in multicultural and diverse groups. Students will learn how to respond and navigate to these multicultural and diverse groups in a healthcare setting.

RESPCARE 423 ADVANCED NEONATAL, PEDIATRIC, AND ADULT CRITICAL CARE (3-0-3)(F). Theory and clinical application of advanced neonatal, pediatric and adult critical care management including high frequency ventilation, early mobility, ECLS and ICU Delirium. PREREQ: RESPCARE 323. COREQ: RESPCARE 434, RESPCARE 498.

RESPCARE 431 QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Introduction and evaluation of current approaches to assessing risk and improving health care quality through the practice of continuous quality improvement. Focuses on conceptual understanding and experiential learning. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 432 CRITICAL REVIEW OF HEALTH CARE RESEARCH (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Locating, selecting, and critically reviewing medical and lay literature relevant to the practice of health care. Constructing and researching clinical questions. Skills for keeping abreast of new medical information, deciding which of this information is valid and applicable to patient care, and using this information to improve patient care. PREREQ: HLTH 210, RESPCARE 223, or PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 434 PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION (2-0-2)(F). Culmination of portfolio development; review and preparation for credentialing examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Emphasis will be placed on understanding of branching-logic examinations as well as computer-based, multiple-choice examinations related to clinical practice of respiratory care. COREQ: RESPCARE 423, RESPCARE 498.

RESPCARE 440 SENIOR THEORY: ADVANCED CONCEPTS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Techniques and methods used to analyze and evaluate the health status of critically ill patients with emphasis on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 441 TEACHING TECHNIQUES FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An interactive, online course designed to provide health care professionals with the skills needed to provide effective peer and client education. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 442 SLEEP MEDICINE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Overview of sleep medicine, anatomy and physiology of sleep and breathing. Introduction to sleep disorders and polysomnograpy including monitoring techniques and instrumentation. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 443 CURRENT TOPICS IN RESPIRATORY DISEASE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Discussion of current issues related to respiratory disease, including pathophysiology, management and outcomes. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 444 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Extensive examination of current practices/trends of techniques used in the leadership of the health care environment. Emphasis will be placed upon specific skill sets used by the managers of today’s workforce. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 445 PATIENT ADVOCACY AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An advanced exploration of the responsibilities required of health care practitioners. Designed to help students develop a clearer understanding of patient’s rights and in turn become advocates for those rights. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 446 INTRODUCTION TO DISEASE MANAGEMENT (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). An introduction to the purpose and application of disease management in patients with chronic illness. Emphasis will be on management of individuals with COPD, sleep disordered breathing, asthma and congestive heart failure. Discharge planning, patient education, disease management strategies and methods to reduce hospital readmissions will be discussed. PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355 or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 460 ETHICS IN CRITICAL ILLNESS (3-0-3)(S). An investigation and discussion of ethical issues that can arise during critical illness and how practitioners navigate these issues. COREQ: RESPCARE 324, RESPCARE 328.

RESPCARE 493 RESPIRATORY CARE INTERNSHIP (0-V-V)(F,S,SU). Supervised practice in various health care facilities. PREREQ: RESPCARE 323 and PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 498 SENIOR SEMINAR (2-0-2)(F,S,SU). Online discussions of topics related to respiratory care. PREREQ: RESPCARE 323, or PRE/COREQ: RESPCARE 355, or PERM/INST.