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Effective Fall 2014. Previous descriptions may have had different requirements. Have questions? See an advisor.
RTH110 Introduction to Respiratory Care Credit Hours: 4.00
Overview of respiratory care. Includes respiratory care and the health care system, computer applications, terms, symbols, and units of measure, patient safety, communication, and record keeping, demonstration of basic life support, principles of infection control, ethical and legal implications of practice, cultural sensitivity in health care, and disaster preparedness.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: RTH 112, RTH 121, RTH 121LB, RTH 125LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall
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RTH112 Respiratory Physiology Credit Hours: 4.00
Study of the cardiopulmonary system and associated structures. Includes the anatomy of the respiratory system, ventilation and diffusion of pulmonary gases, the circulatory system, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, control of ventilation, and renal failure and its effects on the cardiopulmonary system.
Prerequisite(s): BIO 160.
Course Corequisites: RTH 110, RTH 121, RTH 121LB, RTH 125LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall
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RTH121LB Basic Therapeutics Lab Credit Hours: 1.00
This is the Lab portion of RTH 121.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: RTH 110, RTH 112, RTH 121, RTH 125LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall.
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RTH121 Basic Therapeutics Credit Hours: 4.00
Basic respiratory care therapeutics, equipment function, clinical indications and contraindications. Includes medical gas therapy, oxygen delivery devices, humidity and aerosol therapy, hyperinflation therapy, chest physical therapy, and basic airway management.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: RTH 110, RTH 112, RTH 121LB, RTH 125LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall
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RTH123LB Basic Assessment and Monitoring Lab Credit Hours: 1.00
This is the Lab portion of RTH 123.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 110, 112, 121/121LB, 125LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 123, RTH 124, RTH 135LC, RTH 162, RTH 246
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH123 Basic Assessment and Monitoring Credit Hours: 3.00
Study of patient assessment and monitoring of the cardiopulmonary impaired patient. Includes bedside respiratory assessment, clinical laboratory studies assessment, oxygenation and ventilation, pulmonary function measurements, clinical application of chest radiography, and basic interpretation of electrocardiogram tracing.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 110, 112, 121/121LB, 125LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 123LB, RTH 124, RTH 135LC, RTH 162, RTH 246
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH124 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care Credit Hours: 3.00
Principles of pharmacology and drug receptor theory as it relates to patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Includes general principles of pharmacology, drug dose calculations, central and peripheral nervous system, bronchodilators, drugs used to control airway mucus and edema, and drugs used in the management of ventilator patients and patients with cardiorespiratory disorders.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 110, 112, 121/121LB, 125LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 123, RTH 123LB, RTH 135LC, RTH 162, RTH 246
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment
Offered: Spring.
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RTH125LC Clinical Procedures I Credit Hours: 1.00
Clinical application of all prerequisite and concurrent respiratory care course work. Includes hospital/clinical site orientations, review of hospital respiratory department administration, departmental policies, procedures, reporting system, and medical record data entry, utilization of the medical record to retrieve information, therapist observation, medical gas therapy, and patient assessment and monitoring. Also includes aerosol therapy administration, hyperinflation therapy, evaluation of the effectiveness of therapy, and patient care plans.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites: RTH 110, RTH 112, RTH 121, RTH 121LB
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall.
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RTH135LC Clinical Procedures II Credit Hours: 3.00
Continuation of RTH 125. Includes infection control procedures, medical asepsis, equipment disinfection, and processing, aerosol and humidity therapy, medical gas therapy, IPPB therapy, incentive spirometry, and chest physiotherapy. Also includes airway management and care, basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, arterial blood gases, and case study presentation.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 110, 112, 121/121LB, 125LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 123, RTH 123LB, RTH 124, RTH 162, RTH 246
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH162 Principles of Mechanical Ventilation Credit Hours: 3.00
Introduction to the concepts of mechanical ventilation for the adult patient. Includes establishing the need for mechanical ventilation, non-invasive versus invasive mechanical ventilation, the physiologic basis of ventilatory support, physical principles of positive pressure ventilation, physical assessment of the critically ill patient, interpreting basic waveform graphics, and respiratory monitoring in the intensive care unit.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 110, 112, 121/121LB, 125LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 123, RTH 123LB, RTH 124, RTH 135LC, RTH 246
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH241LB Critical Care Therapeutics Lab Credit Hours: 1.00
This is the Lab portion of RTH 241.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 123/123LB, 124, 135LC, 162, 246.
Course Corequisites: RTH 241, RTH 243, RTH 243LB, RTH 245LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain content of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course.
Offered: Fall
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RTH241 Critical Care Therapeutics Credit Hours: 4.00
Study of critical care principles and procedures in the adult patient. Includes airway management, mechanical ventilation waveform graphics, selected adult mechanical ventilators and troubleshooting, care of the mechanically ventilated patient, alternative modes of mechanical ventilation, and home mechanical ventilation.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 123/123LB, 124, 135LC, 162, 246
Course Corequisites: RTH 241LB, RTH 243, RTH 243LB, RTH 245LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course.
Offered: Fall.
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RTH243LB Advanced Assessment and Monitoring Lab Credit Hours: 1.00
This is the lab portion of RTH 243.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 123/123LB, 124, 135LC, 162, 246.
Course Corequisites: RTH 241, RTH 241LB, RTH 243, RTH 245LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall.
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RTH243 Advanced Assessment and Monitoring Credit Hours: 4.00
Study of the assessment of the critical respiratory patient. Includes cardiac output assessment, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, assessment of sleep-related breathing disorders, nutritional assessment and the respiratory system, advanced cardiac arrhythmia interpretation, cardiac stress testing, bronchoscopy, and advanced pulmonary function testing.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 123/123LB, 124, 135LC, 162, 246.
Course Corequisites: RTH 241, RTH 241LB, RTH 243LB, RTH 245LC
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall.
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RTH245LC Clinical Procedures III Credit Hours: 4.00
Continuation of RTH 135LC. Includes clinical assessment of the critical care patient, advanced airway management, advanced respiratory assessment monitoring, adult mechanical ventilation, transport of the critically ill patient, and care decisions in mechanically ventilated adult patients. Also includes hemodynamic assessment of the critically ill patient, observation in various respiratory care delivery environments, interaction with medical director, and case study presentation.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 123/123LB, 124, 135LC, 162, 246.
Course Corequisites: RTH 241, RTH 241LB, RTH 243, RTH 243LB
Information: Students must be admitted to the Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Fall.
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RTH246 Cardiorespiratory Disorders I Credit Hours: 3.00
Study of commonly encountered respiratory disorders in the adult patient. Includes infectious pulmonary diseases, obstructive pulmonary disease, traumatic injuries of the lungs and chest, pulmonary vascular diseases and disorders of the pleura and chest wall, and various important cardiopulmonary topics.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 110, 112, 121/121LB, 125LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 123, RTH 123LB, RTH 124, RTH 135LC, RTH 162
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH251LB Specialty Therapeutics Lab Credit Hours: 1.00
This is the Lab portion of RTH 251.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 241/241LB, 243/243LB, 245LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 251, RTH 255LC, RTH 256, RTH 257LB
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH251 Specialty Therapeutics Credit Hours: 4.00
Study of respiratory therapies used in specialized environments. Includes development and care of the fetus, care of the neonatal and pediatric patient, management of ventilation and oxygenation in the neonatal and pediatric patient, transport, home care, and care of the parents, pulmonary rehabilitation, and advanced cardiorespiratory care therapies.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 241/241LB, 243/243LB, 245LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 251LB, RTH 255LC, RTH 256, RTH 257LB
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH255LC Clinical Procedures IV Credit Hours: 4.00
Continuation of RTH 245. Includes clinical assessment, advanced airway management and advanced respiratory assessment monitoring of the neonatal/pediatric patient, mechanical ventilation and care decisions for the adult and neonatal/pediatric patient, observation and participation in various respiratory care delivery environments, and case study presentation preparation.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 241/241LB, 243/243LB, 245LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 251, RTH 251LB, RTH 256, RTH 257LB
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH256 Cardiorespiratory Disorders II Credit Hours: 3.00
Continuation of RTH 246. Includes neuromuscular disorders affecting ventilation, neoplastic diseases of the lung and environmental lung diseases. Also includes assessment of the developing fetus and the neonate, cardiovascular disorders and congenital anomalies of the newborn, cardiopulmonary disorders of the newborn, and pediatric cardiopulmonary disorders.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 241, 243, 245, 246.
Course Corequisites: RTH 251, RTH 251LB, RTH 255LC, RTH 257LB
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory program and obtain consent of the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH257LB Clinical Applications and Professional Development Credit Hours: 1.00
Completion of clinical application projects. Includes preparation of resumes, review for and completion of computerized self-assessment exams for credentialing, and interaction with licensure and national credentialing organizations. Also includes participation in a respiratory related service learning project and professional development through shared reporting.
Prerequisite(s): RTH 241/241LB, 243/243LB, 245LC.
Course Corequisites: RTH 251, RTH 251LB, RTH 255LC, RTH 256
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Respiratory Care program and obtain consent from the Respiratory Care department before enrolling in this course. See a faculty advisor prior to enrollment.
Offered: Spring.
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RTH295 Independent Research in Respiratory Therapy Credit Hours: .5-4.00
Experience in scientific laboratory or field research in respiratory therapy.
Prerequisite(s):
Course Corequisites:
Information: This course is open only to those students who have been admitted to the RTH program.
Information: Consent of instructor is required before enrolling in this course.
Information: May be taken three times for a maximum of twelve credit hours.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
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