Academic Catalog

Respiratory Therapy (RTH)

RTH 102  Respiratory Therapy Principles II  

This course provides students with the information necessary to safely administer aerosolized respiratory drugs. The student will learn the method of action of the drugs used to treat respiratory diseases and proper dosages and frequency of administration. The student will understand the indications for mechanical ventilation as well as the monitoring of critically ill adult patients requiring ventilatory support. Complications involved in positive pressure ventilation will be reviewed. This course also covers the methods involved in removal of patients from mechanical ventilators. NOTE: Prerequisites require a grade of "C" or better.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
The student will have a basic knowledge of how drugs are administered.
The student will be able to explain the mechanism of action for respiratory drugs.
The student will be able to identify the basic functions of mechanical ventilators.
The student will be able to describe why patients may require ventilatory support.
Discuss the importance of monitoring patients requiring ventilatory support.
Describe when and how to successfully wean a patient from mechanical ventilation.

Prerequisites: RTH 100 and RTH 101 and BIO 150.

Corequisites: BIO 151.

Concurrent: RTH 103

2 Credits2 Weekly Lecture Hours

RTH 103  Respiratory Therapy Practicum II  

This course provides students with the knowledge and motor skills necessary to deliver oxygen therapy bronchopulmonary hygiene airway management and ventilator management to the adult patient. NOTE: Prerequisites require a grade of "C" or better.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Recommend respiratory care based on evaluation of a patient's medical history, physical examination and diagnostic studies.
Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation according to the protocols of the American Heart Association.
Ensure the safety of patients and staff by adhering to infection control standards.
Deliver bronchopulmonary hygiene therapies and modify according to the patient's response.
Perform arterial and puncture.
Maintain a patent airway.
Manage ventilation of adult patients in the simulation laboratory.

Prerequisites: RTH 100 and RTH 101 and BIO 150.

Corequisites: BIO 151.

Concurrent: RTH 102

6 Credits
 12 Weekly Lab Hours

RTH 104  Respiratory Therapy Summer Clinical I  

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to utilize the clinical skills learned and practiced during the simulation lab in the clinical area of the hospital or other clinical institution. Students will be expected to perform the duties of a Respiratory Therapist under the direction of a licensed and credentialed Respiratory Therapist. This course is only open to students in the Respiratory Therapy Program. Because all courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program must be taken in a specific sequence, this course is designed only for the Summer semester. This allows the student the opportunity to gain extensive clinical experience, in an 8-hour day that would not be available during the Fall or Spring semesters. The RTH courses taken in the prior Fall and Spring semesters provide the necessary didactic and laboratory foundational experience necessary for the student to be successful in this clinical course. The student will also gain a realistic understanding of the professional requirements of a Respiratory Therapist while providing the continuity of caring for critically ill patients. NOTE College Academic Learning Goal Designation Information Technology (TC) when taken with RTH 105

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and modify therapy based on patient response.
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilatory support to critically ill adult patients.
Assist physicians with special procedures and effectively communicate with the diverse members of the healthcare team during pulmonary rounds.
Properly clean and disinfect, maintain, and troubleshoot respiratory care equipment.
Demonstrate proficiency utilizing various Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Information Technology (TC)

Prerequisites: RTH 102 and RTH 103.

5 Credits

RTH 105  Respiratory Therapy Summer Clinical II  

This course is a continuation of RTH 104: Summer Clinical I. It is a supervised clinical practice. The student is provided the opportunity to utilize the clinical skills learned and practiced during the simulation lab, as well as skills learned during Summer Clinical I. Students will be expected to perform the duties of a Respiratory Therapist under the direction of a licensed and credentialed Respiratory Therapist.This course is only open to students in the Respiratory Therapy Program. Because all courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program must be taken in a specific sequence, this course is designed only for the Summer semester. This allows the student the opportunity to gain extensive clinical experience, in an 8-hour day that would not be available during the Fall or Spring semesters. The RTH courses taken in the prior Fall and Spring semesters provide the necessary didactic and laboratory foundational experience necessary for the student to be successful in this clinical course. The student will also gain a realistic understanding of the professional requirements of a Respiratory Therapist while providing the continuity of caring for critically ill patients. NOTE: College Academic Learning Goal Designation Information Technology (TC) when taken with RTH 104

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and modify therapy based on patient response.
Appreciate the role of anesthesia and surgery in the practice of respiratory care.
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilatory support to critically ill adult patients.
Analyze and ensure accurate resulting of arterial blood gas sample results and various other types of lab samples utilizing a Blood Gas Machine and Laboratory Information System to determine cardiopulmonary function.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Information Technology (TC)

Prerequisites: RTH 102 and RTH 103 and RTH 104.

5 Credits

RTH 110  Respiratory Therapy Principles and Practicum I  

This course is designed for students majoring in Respiratory Therapy. The course begins with the study of the sciences and how they relate to the respiratory system and to respiratory care. An in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system is also included. Students will be expected to learn Medical Terminology in a self-study format. Students will learn the indications and complications with administering medical gases to patients. Acid base balance within the body will be presented. The history of the field of Respiratory Care will be discussed. Students are guided and directed by an instructor in the laboratory. This reinforces the principles taught utilizing the laboratory approach. Assignments applying the principles of physics and chemistry essential to respiratory care will be performed in the stimulation lab. Models and computer simulation will be utilized when appropriate. NOTE: Prerequisites: ENG 100 and CHE 110 with grades "C" or better. Completion of any Algebra based math course: MAT 100 or above, (not including MAT 120 or MAT 131, MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 210) with a grade of “C” or better. DCCC Placement test scores for Math Placement into MAT 135 or above. Successful completion of the College Algebra CLEP exam (College Level Examination Program) Transfer of credit from another accredited institution of a “C” or better in a math course equivalent to MAT 100 or above, (not including MAT 120 or MAT 121, MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 210). This course must have been completed within 5 years of starting RTH 110.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Discuss and apply the principles of the physical sciences as they relate to Respiratory Care.
Discuss the principles of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology and apply in the clinical situation.
Describe acid-base physiology and compensatory mechanisms and apply the knowledge in clinical situations.
Discuss the concepts of team approach and patient-therapist interactions and apply the concepts in clinical situations.
Recall the history and purpose of the field of Respiratory Therapy.
Discuss the legal and ethical concepts as they relate to the field of Respiratory Care.
Discuss how oxygen is manufactured and stored.
Discuss the indications and complications involved in oxygen administration.
Administer medical gas therapy utilizing the appropriate equipment for the patients medical condition.
Ensure the accurate delivery of medical gas concentrations.
Troubleshoot medical gas delivery devices.
Communicate using medical terminology.

Prerequisites: CHE 110 and ENG 100 and (MAT 100 or MAT 128 or MAT 135 or MAT 136 or MAT 151 or MAT 152 or MAT 160 or MAT 161 or MAT 200 or MAT 230 or MAT 260 or MAT 261). Appropriate placement test scores may be accepted.

Corequisites: BIO 150.

8 Credits60 Weekly Lecture Hours
 120 Weekly Lab Hours

RTH 200  Respiratory Therapy Principles III  

In this course students will study advanced topics in respiratory care including cardiovascular and renal physiology and the specialties of pulmonary function testing and pediatrics.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Analyze tests of pulmonary function and modify therapies based upon results.
Apply the principles of respiratory care, cognizant of the special physiologic and pathophysiologic processes of the neonatal and pediatric patient.
Describe fundamental principles of normal renal physiology.
Describe fundamental principles of normal cardiovascular physiology.

Prerequisites: RTH 105.

Corequisites: RTH 201 and RTH 204.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

RTH 201  Respiratory Therapy Clinical Practicum III  

This course is a supervised clinical practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene, invasive and non-invasive ventilation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the Emergency Room setting.
Perform pulmonary function testing and analyze results to ensure appropriateness of respiratory care.
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilatory support to critically ill adult patients.
Assist physicians with patient assessment, special procedure and communicate effectively with physicians.

Prerequisites: RTH 105.

Corequisites: RTH 200 and RTH 204.

6 Credits
 12 Weekly Lab Hours

RTH 202  Respiratory Therapy Principles IV  

This course includes the study of advanced cardiovascular and renal physiology and pathophysiology, and treatment regimens that impact respiratory care.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Discuss the basic principles of pharmacology, drug administration methods, drug action and side effects with emphasis on respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Discuss the principles of fluid and electrolyte balance and how it relates to the respiratory system.
Describe the principles of cardiac and hemodynamic monitoring.
Research and present a paper on an area or concept of respiratory therapy in the area of techniques equipment, or respiratory physiology.

Prerequisites: RTH 201.

Corequisites: RTH 203 and RTH 205.

3 Credits3 Weekly Lecture Hours

RTH 203  Respiratory Therapy Practicum IV  

This course is a supervised clinical practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilator support to neonatal and pediatric patients.
Perform respiratory care in the subacute setting.
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilatory support to critically ill adult patients.
Perform and recommend cardiovascular diagnostic testing as appropriate to respiratory care.

Prerequisites: RTH 201 and RTH 204.

Corequisites: RTH 202 and RTH 205.

6 Credits
 12 Weekly Lab Hours

RTH 204  Pulmonary Pathophysiology Clinical Rounds I  

This course is a supervised clinical study of pulmonary pathophysiology.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the etiology, pathology, functional abnormality, PFT results, pulmonary assessment data, clinical features, treatment and prognosis of the major diseases effecting the respiratory system.

Prerequisites: RTH 105.

Corequisites: RTH 200 and RTH 201.

2 Credits
 4 Weekly Lab Hours

RTH 205  Pulmonary Pathophysiology Clinical Rounds II  

This course is a supervised clinical study of pulmonary pathophysiology.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Describe the etiology, pathology, functional abnormality, PFT results, pulmonary assessment data, clinical features, treatment and prognosis of the major diseases effecting the respiratory system.

Prerequisites: RTH 201 and RTH 204.

Corequisites: RTH 202 and RTH 203.

2 Credits
 4 Weekly Lab Hours

RTH 206  Respiratory Therapy Summer Clinical III  

This course is a supervised clinical practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Administer and evaluate the results of polysomnographic testing.
Perform and recommend invasive cardiovascular diagnostic testing as appropriate to respiratory care.
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilatory support to critically ill adult patients.

Prerequisites: RTH 203 and RTH 205.

4 Credits