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Course Catalog: Respiratory Care

RC 1003 3.0
*Intro to Respiratory Care
Entry level information is presented regarding respiratory therapy history from its conception to its current goals and standing. Topics covered include medial terminology, hospital and respiratory therapy department structure and management, psychosocial aspects of patient care, and medical ethics. A clinical session, allows the student an orientation rotation at the program's clinical sites.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program

RC 1011 1.0
*Lab Practicum I
Practice of basic respiratory therapy procedures as outlined in the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level examination content outline. Including cardiopulmonary assessment, medical gas administration, oxygen therapy, infection control, equipment maintenance, chest physiotherapy, chest expansion therapy, airway management, and administering medicated aerosol therapy. Students practice entry level respiratory care procedures, using state-of-the- art equipment, in the clinical laboratory under simulated patient situations. The student will address the three difficulty levels of learning, in the laboratory environment (Recall, Application, and Analysis).
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory therapy program.

RC 1012 2.0
*Patient Assessment
A systematic approach to advanced cardiopulmonary patient assessment. Emphasis is on evaluation of the respiratory care plan based upon laboratory data, electrocardiogram interpretation, fluid and electrolyte balance, acid base balance and oxygen transport, pulmonary function testing, exercise testing, interpretation of chest radiographs, bronchoscopy, and hemodynamic monitoring.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 1021 1.0
*Lab Practicum II
Practice of basic respiratory therapy procedures as outlined in the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level examination content outline. Including CPR, EKG's, cardiac stress testing, and polysomnography. Students practice entry level respiratory care procedures, using state-of-the-art equipment, in the clinical laboratory under simulated patient situations. The student will address the three difficulty levels of learning, in the laboratory environment (Recall, Application, and Analysis).
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture/Lab.

RC 1023 3.0
*Cardio-Pulmonary Anat&Physiol
An in-depth presentation of the cardiopulmonary system, its abnormalities, and corrective techniques as related to respiratory therapy. Included are the concepts of the cardiovascular system, ventilation, diffusion of pulmonary gases,, hemodynamic measurements, ventilation perfusion relationships, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, acid base balance, and arterial blood gas analysis.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1082 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 1031 1.0
*Lab Practicum III
Practice of basic respiratory therapy procedures as outlined in the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level examination content outline. Including noninvasive ventilation, arterial blood gas puncture/analysis, and pulmonary function testing. Students practice entry level respiratory care procedures, using state-of-the-art equipment, in the clinical laboratory under simulated patient situations. The student will address the three difficulty levels of learning, in the laboratory environment (Recall, Application, and Analysis).
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab.

RC 1033 3.0
*Respiratory Pharmacology
Comprehensive overview of the general principles of pharmacology that focuses on the drugs and groups that are either administered by respiratory therapy personnel, or those that play a role in the care of cardiopulmonary patients.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 1043 3.0
*Integrated Sciences
Focus on the sciences used in the practice of respiratory care. Emphasis will be placed upon physics, chemistry, and microbiology as related to the cardiopulmonary sciences.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 1044 4.0
*Basic Therapeutics
Theory and practice of basic respiratory therapy procedures as outlined in the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level examination content outline. Including cardiopulmonary assessment, medical gas administration, oxygen therapy, infection control, equipment maintenance, chest physiotherapy, chest expansion therapy, airway management, bedside pulmonary function testing, arterial puncture, and administering medicated aerosol therapy.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 1054 4.0
*Clinical Practicum I
Orientation to clinical sites, department organization, activities and application of basic elements of Respiratory Care. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for 8 hours rotations to provide competency in provision of basic procedures, acquire experience in patient and collegial interpersonal skills and accessing and entering medical record information.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 2003 3.0
*Respiratory Pathophysiology
Study of concepts and theory of selected cardiopulmonary diseases, to include: definition, clinical manifestations, etiology, pathologic, radiological and laboratory findings; prevention, prognosis, and treatment.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A & P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab.

RC 2013 3.0
*Advanced Therapeutics
Emphasis on the technical components of mechanical ventilators, their classification, principles of operation, attachments, and the flow/pressure/ volume curves generated by various ventilators, compliance, and resistance. An introduction to the management of patients receiving mechanical ventilation will be presented. A continuation of the Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (Life Support Technology) course. In-depth study of ventilator management in critical care, long-term care, and the home environment utilizing case studies, and clinical problem based learning sessions.
Prerequisite: Admissions to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 2023 3.0
*Cardio-Pulmonary Testing
Theory, application, and equipment for diagnosing respiratory pathologies through the diagnostic concepts used in respiratory therapy. Include techniques utilized for measurement of lung gas volumes, capacities, flows, and cardiopulmonary status during exercise testing.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra and Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 2033 3.0
*Clinical Practicum II
Every Friday for 8 hour rotations to provide competency in specialty areas such as homecare, PFT, EKG, cardiac stress testing, polysomnography, to acquire experience in patient and collegial interpersonal skills, and accessing and entering medical record information.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A & P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1803 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 2041 1.0
*Lab Practicum IV
Practice of basic respiratory therapy procedures as outlined in the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level examination content outline. Including mechanical ventilation. Students practice entry level respiratory care procedures, using state-of-the-art equipment, in the clinical laboratory under simulated patient situations. The student will address the three difficulty levels of learning, in the laboratory environment (Recall, Application, and Analysis).
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1032 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab

RC 2103 3.0
*Pediatric/Neonatal Resp. Care
Respiratory care of the neonatal and pediatric population beginning with fetal development and continuing through assessments of infants including, gestational age, APGAR scoring, and Silverman scoring. Various heart/lung deficiencies will also be discussed as well as treatment modalities.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A & P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, RC 2003 Respiratory Pathophysiology, RC 2013 Advanced Therapeutics, RC 2023 Cardio-Pulmonary Testing, RC 2033 Clinic Practicum II, RC 2112 Specialty Practice, RC 2041 Lab Practicum IV, completion of degree requirements for the AAS Degree at ECC.

RC 2112 2.0
*Specialty Practice
Study of specialized procedures: chest tubes, bronchoscopy, invasive cardiac monitoring and specialty areas that include: home care & rehabilitation, critical care, geriatrics, ground & air transport, laboratories, quality control, research, education, and management.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1022 Cardiopulmonary A & P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, EN 1223 English Composition I, MT 1083 Applied Algebra & Trigonometry or higher level math course, BI 1804 Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology Lecture/Lab.

RC 2113 3.0
*App Cardio-Pulmonary Pathology
Patient assessment and disease management scenarios using a Problem Bases Learning approach to develop critical thinking skills.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, RC 2003 Respiratory Pathophysiology, RC 2013 Advanced Therapeutics, RC 2023 Cardio-Pulmonary Testing, RC 2033, Clinic Practicum II, RC 2112 Specialty Practice, RC 2041 Lab Practicum IV, completion of AAS Degree Requirements for ECC.

RC 2122 2.0
*Comprehensive Final Review/Tst
Patient case study presentation and clinical skills performance exam to evaluate knowledge and competency as an entry level Respiratory Therapist. Credentialing review seminar and NBRC computerized self assessment final exam prepare and evaluate student knowledge for NBRC Certified Respiratory Therapist credentialing examination.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A & P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, RC 2003 Respiratory Pathophysiology, RC 2013 Advanced Therapeutics, RC 2023 Cardio-Pulmonary Testing, RC 2033 Clinic Practicum II, RC 2112 Specialty Practice, RC 2041 Lab Practicum IV, RC 2103 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care, RC 2133 Advanced Respiratory Therapy Theory, RC 2113 Applied Cardio-Pulmonary Pathology, RC 2135 Clinic Practicum III, RC 2151 Lab Practicum V, and completion of the degree requirements for the ASS Degree at ECC.

RC 2133 3.0
*Adv Respiratory Therapy Theory
Neonatal, Pediatric, and Adult advanced critical care therapies, diagnostic tools, and specialty practices for the specific to the duties of the advanced practitioner.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, RC 2003 Respiratory Pathophysiology, RC 2013 Advanced Therapeutics, RC 2023 Cardio-Pulmonary Testing, RC 2033 Clinic Practicum II, RC 2112 Specialty Practice, RC 2041 Lab Practicum IV, completion of AAS Degree Requirements at ECC.

RC 2135 5.0
*Clinical Practicum III
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8 hour rotations to provide competency in provision of advanced procedures, acquire experience in patient and collegial interpersonal skills and accessing and entering medical record information.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, RC 2003 Respiratory Pathophysiology, RC 2013 Advanced Therapeutics, RC 2023 Cardio-Pulmonary Testing, RC 2033 Clinic Practicum II, RC 2112 Specialty Practice, RC 2041 Lab Practicum IV, completion of requirements for the AAS Degree at East Central College.

RC 2144 4.0
*Clinical Practicum IV
Advanced practice in neonatal ICU (96 hours), pediatric ICU (96 hours), and 96 hour Internship with utilization of advanced Respiratory Therapy Theory. Pre-arranged 12 hour rotations.
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033, Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, RC 2003 Respiratory Pathophysiology, RC 2013 Advanced Therapeutics, RC 2023 Cardio-Pulmonary Testing, RC 2033 Clinic Practicum II, RC 2112 Specialty Practice, RC 2041 Lab Practicum IV, RC 2103 Neonatal/ Pediatric Respiratory Care, RC 2133 Advanced Respiratory Therapy Theory, RC 2113 Applied Cardio-Pulmonary Pathology, RC 2135 Clinic Practicum III, RC 2151 Lab Practicum V.

RC 2151 1.0
*Lab Practicum V
Practice of basic respiratory therapy procedures as outlined in the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry level examination content outline. Including mechanical ventilation and advanced life support for neonatal, pediatric, and adult patient populations. Students practice advanced level respiratory care procedures, using state-of-the-art equipment, in the clinical laboratory under simulated patient situations. The student will address the three difficulty levels of learning, in the laboratory environment (Recall, Application, and Analysis).
Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program, RC 1003 Introduction to Respiratory Care, RC 1011 Lab Practicum I, RC 1012 Patient Assessment, RC 1023 Cardiopulmonary A&P, RC 1033 Respiratory Pharmacology, RC 1044 Basic Therapeutics, RC 1021 Lab Practicum II, RC 1043 Integrated Sciences, RC 1031 Lab Practicum III, RC 1054 Clinic Practicum I, RC 2003 Respiratory Pathophysiology, RC 2013 Adv Therapeutics, RC 2023 Cardio-Pulmonary Testing, RC 2033, Clinic Practicum II, RC 2112 Specialty Practice, RC 2041 Lab Practicum IV, completion of requirements for the AAS Degree at ECC.

 
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