Respiratory Therapy (RTH)

RTH 125. Airway Management. 3 Credit Hours.

Anatomy and physiology of the upper and lower airway. Theory, application and equipment for the management of the airway for the conscious and unconscious patient. Topics to include artificial airways, resuscitation devices, chest physiotherapy, and secretion removal. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 120 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 126. Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will present information relevant to positive pressure techniques, and how they applied in mechanical ventilatory support. Basic indications and hazards of positive pressure therapies will be presented along with the technical components of intermittent positive pressure breathing, non-invasive positive pressure support, adult and pediatric mechanical ventilators. A two-hour per week laboratory session will enable the learner to observe and practice the principles of operation of mechanical ventilators prior to their hospital experience. Practice in the patient simulator laboratory is also included.
Prerequisites: RTH 120, RTH 121 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 128. Arterial Blood Gases. 2 Credit Hours.

The theory and application of Henderson-Hasselbach Equation, oxygen dissociation curve, oxygen uptake, transport, and consumption, oxygen and carbon exchange, renal physiology, and arterial and venous gas tensions. Clinical application of obtaining arterial samples, and interpretation of results.
Prerequisites: Admission to program, must hold a certificate or degree from an allied health program or waiver from program director and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 131. Pediatric Respiratory Care. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides a presentation on pediatric and neonatal respiratory care to include; embryonic development of the cardiopulmonary system, cardiopulmonary malformations, and lung disease. The course will also cover the technical aspects of assessment, equipment, and maintenance of pediatric neonatal respiratory care devices, including mechanical ventilator systems. A two-hour per week laboratory session will enable the learner to observe and demonstrate the skills essential to pediatric and neonatal respiratory care. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 128, RTH 140, BIO 208 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 140. Respiratory Care Clinical I. 1 Credit Hour.

Application of respiratory care principles in the hospital setting. Additional hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 120, RTH 121 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 146. Clinical Level II. 3 Credit Hours.

Application of respiratory care principles in the hospital. Additional hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 126, RTH 128, RTH 140 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 220. Pulmonary Pathophysiology. 3 Credit Hours.

The etiology, pathology, symptomology, and treatment of various lung diseases, to include C.O.P.D., asthma, restrictive lung disorders, infectious lung diseases, occupational lung diseases, pulmonary neoplasms, and pulmonary manifestations of other disease states.
Prerequisites: Admission to the program, must hold certificate or degree from an allied health program or waiver from program director and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 221. Critical Care Monitoring . 2 Credit Hours.

The theory and clinical aspects of invasive and noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring to include anatomy and physiology of the heart and vascular systems, equipment, procedures, and interpretation of results, the theory, application, and interpretation of basic electrocardiography.
Prerequisites: RTH 126 or waiver from program director and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 222. Cardiopulmonary Physiology. 2 Credit Hours.

A detailed discussion of the normal physiologic principles utilized by the cardiopulmonary system, to include neurogenesis of breathing, reflexes governing respiration, properties of elastance, resistance, compliance, and conductance, the physiologic properties of the pulmonary and systemic vascular systems.
Prerequisites: Admission to program, must hold a certificate or degree from an allied health program or waiver by program director and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 223. Mechanical Ventilation: A Clinical Approach. 4 Credit Hours.

This course will cover the clinical applications of mechanical ventilation, to include; ventilator commitment, discontinuance and weaning techniques, the maintenance of a patient on a mechanical ventilator. The hazards and side effects of positive and negative pressure mechanical ventilation, and the management of chronic ventilator-dependent patients is also covered. Recent development in mechanical ventilation such as inverse-ratio ventilation, APRV, and the interpretation of waveforms graphics will be covered. Demonstrations in the patient simulator laboratory are mandatory. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 126, RTH 128 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 225. Pulmonary Function Testing. 3 Credit Hours.

The theory application and equipment for the purpose of diagnosing respiratory pathologies through the measurement of lung gas volumes, capacities, and flows. Includes evaluation through stress (exercise) testing and pulmonary rehabilitation. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 220, RTH 222 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 228. N.B.R.C. Review. 2 Credit Hours.

A comprehensive review of the major components of respiratory care as they apply to the N.B.R.C. matrix for the entry-level and advanced practitioner exams. Including testing methodologies, strategies, evaluations, and simulated testing experiences; extensive simulated testing for entry-level, written and clinical simulations.
Prerequisites: Admission to program and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 240. Respiratory Care Clinical III. 2 Credit Hours.

Application of respiratory care principles in the hospital setting. Additional hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 146 and Reading Proficiency.

RTH 245. Respiratory Care Clinical IV. 2 Credit Hours.

Application of respiratory care principles in the hospital setting. Additional hours required.
Prerequisites: RTH 220, RTH 221, RTH 222, RTH 223, RTH 240 and Reading Proficiency.