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Respiratory Therapy (RESP)

RESP 1103 - Foundations of Respiratory Care

The course introduces the student to respiratory care as a profession and the role and responsibilities of the respiratory therapist in today’s health care environment. Course content provides a beginning foundation for students to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are required as a respiratory therapist and for success in the program. Students will also be oriented to the policies and procedures of the NPCC Respiratory Care Program. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the NPCC Respiratory Care Program, BIOL 2224, BIOL 2234, CHEM 1104, BIOL 2244. Didactic/lab. Lab fee.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 1104 - Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

This course provides an in-depth study of coronary and pulmonary anatomy and physiology with focus on the adult patient. Emphasis is on the heart-lung relationship within the context of ventilation, gas exchange physiology, acid-base regulation, exercise, and cardiopulmonary compensatory mechanisms. Additional content explores the cardiovascular and renal systems as they relate to cardiopulmonary function. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the NPCC Respiratory Care Program, BIOL 2224, BIOL 2234, CHEM 1104, BIOL 2244, MATH1123. Co-requisite: Foundations of Respiratory Care (RESP 1103), Cardiopulmonary Assessment & Diagnostics (RESP 1114), and Pulmonary Diseases (RESP 1113). Didactic only.
Units: 4
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 1113 - Pulmonary Disease

This course will introduce the student to the various respiratory disease processes and their clinical manifestations through review of patient data, clinical presentation, basic laboratory tests and respiratory testing data. Emphasis will be on the role of the respiratory therapist in the assessment, recognition, and treatment of common pulmonary diseases. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the NPCC Respiratory Care Program, BIOL2224, BIOL 2234, CHEM 1104, BIOL 2244. Co-requisites: Foundations of Respiratory Care (RESP 1103), Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology (RESP 1104), and Cardiopulmonary Assessment & Diagnostics (RESP 1114). Didactic only.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 1114 - Cardiopulmonary Assessment & Diagnostics

This course provides content that prepares the student for the patient care encounter. Content focuses on interviewing and assessment skills including data collection and analysis from a variety of subjective and objective sources. The student is introduced to various diagnostic equipment and testing procedures. The role of the Respiratory Therapist as a member of the Rapid Response Team is covered. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the NPCC Respiratory Care Program, BIOL2224, BIOL 2234, CHEM 1104, BIOL 2244. Co-requisites: Foundations of Respiratory Care (RESP 1103), Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology (RESP 1104), and Pulmonary Diseases (RESP 1113). Didactic/lab. Lab fee.
Units: 4
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 1124 - Respiratory Equipment & Basic Therapeutics

This course introduces the student to equipment and basic principles of physics used in the delivery, management, and evaluation of respiratory care in a variety of practice settings. Content includes focus areas of medical gas therapy, infection control, airway management, bronchial hygiene, and safe transport. Students are introduced to principles governing the safe initiation and management of mechanical ventilation along with alternative ventilator and sleep devices. Pre-requisites: Acceptance into the NPCC Respiratory Care Program, BIOL2224, BIOL 2234, CHEM 1104, BIOL 2244, Foundations of Respiratory Care (RESP 1103), Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology (RESP 1104), Cardiopulmonary Assessment & Diagnostics (RESP 1114), Pulmonary Diseases (RESP 1113). Co-requisites: Pharmacology for Cardiopulmonary Care (RESP 1102). Didactic and Lab. Lab fee.
Units: 4
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2103 - Applications of Respiratory Care

This course allows for reinforcement and application of previously learned knowledge, skills, and attitudes relevant to the practice of quality respiratory care. Emphasis will be on the development of critical thinking skills, clinical judgment and effective decision-making that will promote positive patient outcomes. Students will be given opportunities to further explore both acute and chronic respiratory diseases and disorders from a problem-based/case study learning approach, developing, evaluating, and modifying respiratory plans of care. Prerequisites: Completion of all first year respiratory coursework. Co-requisites: Clinical Practicum I (RESP 2144); Critical Respiratory Care (RESP 2114); Resuscitation Techniques (RESP 2112). Didactic only.
Units: 3
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2112 - Resuscitation Techniques

This course will address the knowledge, skills, and values associated with neonatal, pediatric, and adult life support techniques. Students will become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), neonatal advanced life support (NALS), and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Acceptance into the NPCC Respiratory Care Program. BIOL2224, BIOL 2234, CHEM 1104, BIOL 2244. Foundations of Respiratory Care (RESP 1103), Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology (RESP 1104), Cardiopulmonary Assessment & Diagnostics (RESP 1114), Pulmonary Diseases (RESP 1113); Pharmacology for Cardiopulmonary Care (RESP 1102), Respiratory Equipment & Basic Therapeutics (RESP 1124). Co-requisites: RESP 2114; RESP 2103; RESP 2144. Lab only. Lab fee.
Units: 2
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2114 - Critical Respiratory Care

This course provides students with knowledge and skills in preparation for delivering respiratory care to the critically ill patient in the critical care environment. The student will have the opportunity to further refine assessment skills and application of previous learning. Students will build on knowledge and skill sets relevant to initiation, management, and evaluation of effectiveness, and discontinuation of various respiratory therapeutics including mechanical ventilation. Pre-requisites: Completion of all first year respiratory coursework. Co-requisites: Clinical Practicum I (RESP 2144). Applications of Respiratory Care (RESP 2103); Resuscitation Techniques (RESP 2112). Didactic & Lab. Lab fee.
Units: 4
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2143 - Clinical Practicum I

This course provides students the opportunity to apply previous learning, principles of physics, anatomy and physiology, acid-base knowledge in lab simulation and a clinical care setting. Principles of interdisciplinary team and patient written and oral communication will also be emphasized. Lab/Hospital. Prerequisites: Completion of all first year respiratory coursework. Co-requisites: RESP 2114; RESP 2103; RESP 2112.
Units: 3
Offered: Summer Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2221 - Professional Development

This course is designed to prepare the student to interact with prospective employers in a professional manner to facilitate successful employment as a respiratory therapist in a variety of practice settings. Course content will prepare the student for the NBRC self-assessment evaluation exam and also for the NBRC advanced practice examination process. Prerequisites: successful completion of Clinical Practicum I. Co-requisites: Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care (RESP 2224), Clinical Practicum II (RESP 2226), and Alternate & Specialty Respiratory Care (RESP 2222). Didactic and Lab. Lab fee.
Units: 1
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2222 - Adjunctive & Specialty Respiratory Care

This course will prepare the student to deliver patient education/ health education to facilitate health promotion and disease prevention. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation from historical and scientific perspectives is introduced. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the focus areas of pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, and various sub-specialty areas of respiratory care. The role of the respiratory therapist in disaster response is explored. Prerequisites: Completion of Clinical Practicum I. Co-requisites: RESP 2226; RESP 2221; RESP 2224. Didactic and Lab. Lab fee.
Units: 2
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2224 - Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care

This course introduces concepts of human growth and development of the fetus, neonate, and pediatric patient relevant to the practice of the respiratory therapist. Mastery of content will equip the student with the knowledge and skills to safely deliver respiratory care to the neonatal/pediatric patient experiencing common neonatal/pediatric disorders. Focus will be on assessment of cardiopulmonary status, delivery and monitoring of therapeutics, and evaluation of responses. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Clinical Practicum I. Co-requisites: Clinical Practicum II (RESP 2226), Professional Development (RESP 2221), Adjunctive & Specialty Respiratory Care (RESP 2222). Didactic only.
Units: 4
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2234 - Clinical Practicum II

A progression of Clinical Practicum I, this course provides students the opportunity to further apply principles of physics, pulmonary anatomy and physiology, acid base, and a more expanded knowledge base and skill set in a clinical care setting. Students will competently initiate, deliver, monitor, evaluate effectiveness, and modify respiratory plans of care and respiratory therapeutics. This course also allows students to apply knowledge, skills, and behaviors to the practice of the respiratory therapist in alternate sites. Sites may include long-term care facilities, hospice, physician offices, sub-acute care specialty units, pulmonary rehabilitation, the home, and sleep labs. Students will further refine oral and written communication with patients, families, and the health care team. Lab/Hospital. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Clinical Practicum I. Co-requisites: RESP 2222; RESP 2221; RESP 2224.
Units: 4
Offered: Fall Semesters
Area: Health Sciences

RESP 2235 - Clinical Practicum III

A progression of Clinical Practicum II, this course provides students the opportunity to further synthesize all respiratory care learning, principles of physics, pulmonary anatomy and physiology, acid-base, and a more expanded knowledge base and critical care skill set to care for complex medical patients across the life span in clinical care settings including patients on mechanical ventilation in critical care units. Students will competently initiate, deliver, monitor, evaluate effectiveness, and modify respiratory plans of care and respiratory therapeutics. Students will further refine oral and written communication with patients, families, and the health care team. Lab/Hospital. Prerequisites: successful completion of Clinical Practicum I and II.
Units: 5
Offered: Spring Semesters
Area: Health Sciences