Respiratory Care (RC)

RC 100. Foundations of Respiratory Care. 3 Credit Hours.

Foundations of Respiratory Care introduces students to the profession of respiratory care. The course will include the history of the profession, as well as the current and future roles of the respiratory care practitioner. The application of patient safety, communication, ethics, physical sciences, and microbiology to the field of respiratory care will be covered. This course will also include an overview of medical terminology.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

RC 110. Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology. 3 Credit Hours.

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology is an in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system. Pulmonary physiological principles discussed will include ventilation, perfusion, diffusion, and blood gas transport. The course will conclude with an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system.
Prerequisites: BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 120. Respiratory Care Practices I. 5 Credit Hours.

Respiratory Care Practices I provides classroom instruction and laboratory practice of the respiratory care practices utilized to administer general respiratory care. Areas of concentration will include storage and delivery of medical gases, humidity and aerosol therapy, aerosol drug therapy, lung expansion therapy, and airway clearance therapy.
Prerequisites: BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 130. Patient Assessment. 3 Credit Hours.

Patient Assessment provides classroom instruction and laboratory practice of initial contact with and assessment of respiratory care patients. Topics to be covered include principles of infection control, obtaining a medical history, vital signs, pulse oximetry, advanced patient assessment techniques, and documentation. The course will conclude with information of some of the most common diagnostic tests used in respiratory care.
Prerequisites: BIO 208, Program Admission, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 140. Respiratory Pharmacology. 2 Credit Hours.

Respiratory Pharmacology provides information regarding the pharmacologic agents used in treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The course addresses pharmacological principles as well as the indications and application of medications used in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases.
Prerequisites: RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 150. Respiratory Care Practices II. 4 Credit Hours.

Respiratory Care Practices II provides classroom instruction and laboratory practice of the respiratory care practices and procedures utilized to assess, diagnose, and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Areas of concentration include arterial blood gas analysis and interpretation, clinical laboratory findings, capnography, assisting a physician during special procedures, and airway management.
Prerequisites: RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 160. Mechanical Ventilation I. 4 Credit Hours.

Mechanical Ventilation I provides classroom instruction and laboratory practice of providing positive pressure ventilation to patients through intermittent positive-pressure breathing (IPPB), non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation, and invasive mechanical ventilation. Students will gain an understanding of initiating and assessing various modes and settings.
Prerequisites: RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 170. Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I. 1 Credit Hour.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I focuses on the application of general respiratory care principles in the hospital setting. Students receive a hospital orientation, assess patients, and provide general floor care that may include but is not limited to oxygen therapy, humidity and bland aerosol therapy, hyperinflation therapy, airway clearance therapies, and aerosolized medication therapy.
Prerequisites: RC 100, RC 110, RC 120, RC 130, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 180. Cardiopulmonary Diseases. 3 Credit Hours.

Cardiopulmonary Diseases addresses the etiology, pathology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of various cardiopulmonary diseases. Students will learn to apply evidence-based guidelines to the treatment of cardiopulmonary disease.
Prerequisites: RC 140, RC 150, RC 160, RC 170, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 190. Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II. 1 Credit Hour.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II will allow students more time to assess patients and apply general respiratory care principles in the hospital setting. The course will also include an introduction to the assessment and care of patients in the intensive care unit.
Prerequisites: RC 140, RC 150, RC 160, RC 170 and Reading Proficiency.

RC 200. Adult Critical Care. 3 Credit Hours.

Adult Critical Care provides the student an understanding of the assessment, diagnosis, and management of an adult patient who is critically ill. Information will include the interpretation of electrocardiograms, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), hemodynamic monitoring, critical care medications, and end-of-life care.
Prerequisites: RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 210. Mechanical Ventilation II. 4 Credit Hours.

Mechanical Ventilation II provides classroom instruction and laboratory practice of advancing topics centered around invasive mechanical ventilation. Topics will include methods to improve oxygenation and ventilation, troubleshooting, graphics analysis, and weaning invasive mechanical ventilation. The course will provide discussion on advanced modes and settings, high-frequency ventilation, and long-term ventilation strategies.
Prerequisites: RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 220. Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care. 3 Credit Hours.

Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care provides classroom instruction and laboratory practice of the respiratory care practices and procedures utilized to assess, diagnose, and treat neonatal and pediatric patients with cardiopulmonary disease. The etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of neonatal and pediatric cardiopulmonary diseases will be discussed. The non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation concepts for this patient population will also be reviewed.
Prerequisites: RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 230. Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III. 2 Credit Hours.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III will focus on the assessment of patients and application of respiratory care in the critical care setting. Specialty rotations may include, but are not limited to: neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, airway management, and long-term care.
Prerequisites: RC 180, RC 190, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 240. Respiratory Care Specialties. 3 Credit Hours.

Respiratory Care Specialties provides an introduction to the specialty areas in which a respiratory care practitioner can work. These areas include, but are not limited to pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, home care, patient and community education, and out-of-hospital transport.
Prerequisites: RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 250. Respiratory Care Capstone. 4 Credit Hours.

Respiratory Care Capstone provides an overview of the research process used in respiratory care. The course will also discuss leadership roles in the field. Students will be given an opportunity to complete a project centered around respiratory care leadership or research. The course will also provide students with an opportunity to practice for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) exams required to obtain the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential.
Prerequisites: RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.

RC 260. Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV. 2 Credit Hours.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV focuses on the assessment of patients and the application of respiratory care in the critical care setting. Specialty rotations may include, but are not limited to: neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, airway management, and long-term care.
Prerequisites: RC 200, RC 210, RC 220, RC 230, and Reading Proficiency.