Course Descriptions

The curriculum for this program is currently in the final review process. Course descriptions, credits, and course numbers and will be posted as soon as they are available. Curriculum information is subject to change.

RESP 301 - Advanced Concepts in Respiratory Disease

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will focus on the pathophysiology of cardiopulmonary diseases and/or disorders using evidence-based practice through a case management approach. While the course will provide an overview of specific diseases/disorders, students will be expected to utilize critical thinking skills to evaluate disease/disorder processes in order to develop a comprehensive patient care plan and patient education materials. Discussions will encompass current treatment strategies, patient education, and development of a comprehensive care plan. Prerequisite: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program.

RESP 306 - Advanced Hemodynamic Monitoring and Assessment

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will provide an understanding of the cause and effect of mechanical ventilation and the effect of ventilation on the lung as an organ and the imposed effect on the cardiac system. Students will be expected to utilize critical thinking skills in the completion of assigned case studies. Course content and discussions will encompass an overview of the pulmonary and cardiac anatomy, concepts regarding ventilation, resistance, and compliance, the impact of positive end expiratory pressure, dead space, alveolar stress, ventilator-induced lung injury, transpulmonary and transesophageal pressures, cellular anatomy, respiration, and metabolism, evaluation of the pulmonary spirogram, and indirect calorimetry. Prerequisite: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program.

RESP 311 - Advanced Concepts in Mechanical Ventilation

(Credits: 3.00)

This course will examine advanced concepts, modes, ventilation and weaning strategies, and equipment used in the treatment of patients requiring mechanical ventilation. While the course will provide an overview of advanced concepts regarding mechanical ventilation, students will be expected to utilize critical thinking skills in the completion of assigned case studies. Course content and discussions will encompass the implementation of ventilation strategies, considerations regarding evidence-based weaning strategies, nutrition and humidification considerations, utilization of advanced respiratory pharmacologic agents, and ethical considerations regarding mechanical ventilation. Prerequisite: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program.

RESP 321 - Leadership in Respiratory Therapy

(Credits: 3.00)

This course examines leadership theories, trends, and issues in health care. The role of the professional respiratory therapist as a member of inter-professional teams in health care delivery systems is emphasized. Analysis of individual leadership styles and commitment to professional growth is completed to identify their roles in facilitating practice excellence. Prerequisite: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program.

RESP 411 - Respiratory Therapist as an Educator

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on perspectives on teaching and learning, characteristics of the learner, and techniques and strategies for teaching and learning. Students will examine methods of delivering information to various learners including patient/family, health care professionals, and students of higher education. Prerequisite: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program.

RESP 421 - Emergency and Critical Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

(Credits: 3.00)

This course focuses on the care of the neonatal and pediatric population. Students will review techniques for emergent and critical care management of this age-specific population. They will evaluate advanced ventilator modes, disease processes, and evidence-based therapies. Students will explore the ethics and safety concerns that are present in this population. Prerequisite: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy program.

RESP 441 - Respiratory Care Research

(Credits: 4.00)

This course is designed to provide the respiratory care practitioner with the necessary tools to read and critically evaluate published research reports. It is necessary for the professional respiratory care practitioner to assess the usefulness of current and new equipment, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of present practice and quality of service.