Degrees and Certificates
Respiratory Therapy,Associate of Science
Introduction to basic science, theories, and technologies in respiratory care. Instruction emphasizes the esoteric knowledge required to perform respiratory care. This course includes the fundamentals of respiratory care such as patient assessment, medical terminology, physical respiratory principles/physiology, medical gases delivery systems and therapies, humidity and aerosol therapies/diagnostics, airway clearance, and lung expansion, pulmonary function testing, chest physiotherapy, arterial blood gas, oxygen transport, and chest x-ray. The basic components will be incorporated into the discussions regard an extensive investigation in cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology.
This course presents further instruction in the basic science, theories and technologies in respiratory care profession. Units of instruction will include, arterial blood gases puncture and analysis, sleep medicine and, airway management, pharmacology, cardiopulmonary diseases, and introduction to mechanical ventilation.
Other/Practicum Hours: 9 (144 total clock hours)
This course will prepare students to work in critical care and obtain knowledge of Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. This course covers material on how mechanical ventilators work, physiology of ventilator support, initiating and adjusting invasive and non-invasive ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring of the patient in the ICU, and weaning and discontinuing ventilator support from the patient. In addition, students will receive instruction on Bronchoscopies, nutrition, and pulmonary rehabilitation programs. Instruction and certification in Advance Cardiac Life Support will be obtained.
This course provides students with a fundamental background in the principles and concepts of neonatal and pediatric respiratory therapy. Specific topics that will be discussed include growth and development of the fetus, the perinatal period changes that occur at birth, respiratory and cardiovascular abnormalities, neonatal and pediatric diseases, pharmacology, and the respiratory therapy equipment used to treat such conditions. Students will obtain Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification. In addition, the student will be instructed on S.T.A.B.L.E. Program concepts.
The second session of this course will be an overview of Respiratory Care in Alternative Settings and Ethics, and End of Life.
The third session of this course will focus on an intensive preparation for the student to transition to obtain licensure by successfully passing the NRBC CRT and RRT boards. The Kettering review program will be utilized for student success. In addition, interviewing and resume skills will be presented.
Other/Practicum Hours: 12 (180 total clock hours)
Other/Practicum Hours: 15 (225 total clock hours)