Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

RCT 1213—Respiratory Care Science. This course is designed to introduce thestudent respiratory care therapist to fundamental elements important to the delivery of health care in a safe, efficient, and professional manner. (3 hours lecture per week) (3)

RCT 1223—Patient Assessment and Planning. Fundamental approach to subjective and objective evaluation, assessment, and care plan formation for the individual needs of the patient. An introduction to cardiopulmonary diseases including etiology, pathophysiology, complications, occurrences, clinical manifestations, treatment, and prevention. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory. (3)

RCT 1313—Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology. This course is a study of cardiopulmonary physiology in relation to the practice of respiratory care. Three hours lecture. (3)

RCT 1322—Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT.) This course is an introduction to pulmonary function technique and testing equipment. One hour lecture and two hours laboratory. (2)

RCT 1416—Respiratory Care Technology I. This course is a study of respiratory treatments and equipment design and operation related to noncritical care procedures. (6)

RCT 1424—Respiratory Care Technology II. This course is a continuation of Respiratory Care Practitioner I. It is a study of respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and home care. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory. (4)

RCT 1516—Clinical Practice I. Patient assessment and care plan formation are presented in the hospital environment. A procedural guide is utilized to evaluate student competencies and performance of respiratory care procedures. Eighteen hours of clinical. (6)

RCT 1524—Clinical Practice II. In this course, students rotate through various respiratory care subspecialty areas for evaluation of competency and performance of respiratory care procedures. Twelve hours clinical. (4).

RCT 1613—Respiratory Care Pharmacology. This course is designed to introduce the student to the pharmacology related to cardiopulmonary disorders. Three hours lecture. (3)

RCT 2334—Cardiopulmonary Pathology. This course is a study of the cardiopulmonary pathophysiology. It includes etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostics, and treatment of various cardiopulmonary diseases. Case studies and/or clinical simulations will be utilized to enforce learning and evaluate progress. Four hours lecture. (4) 

RCT 2434—Respiratory Care Technology III. A study of respiratory care in the critical care setting. Topics include nonconventional modes of mechanical ventilation, hemodynamics, special procedures, and advanced cardiac life support. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory. (4) 

RCT 2534—Clinical Practice III. In this course, students rotate through various clinical areas for evaluation of competency and performance of respiratory care procedures. Twelve hours clinical. (4)

RCT 2546—Clinical Practice IV. This is a continuation of Clinical Practice III. In this course, students rotate through respiratory care specialty areas. A procedural guide is utilized to evaluate student competency and performance. Eighteen hours clinical. (6)

RCT 2613—Neonatal/Pediatrics Management. This course is a study of fetal development and the transition to extrauterine environment. It includes the most common cardiopulmonary birth disorders, neonatal and pediatric disease process, and the mode of treatment. Three hours lecture. (3)

RCT 2714—Respiratory Care Seminar. This course is designed to integrate the essential elements of respiratory care practice through the use of care plans, case studies, and clinical simulations in a laboratory environment. Students develop an analytical approach to problem solving. Critical thinking is emphasized. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory. (4)

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