The RRT student must select a minimum of nine semester hours from the following courses:
RCP 512 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology (5 semester hours)
Provides an in-depth study of cardiac and pulmonary anatomy and physiology, as well as the diagnostic procedures commonly used in the hospital to evaluate these systems. Topics include the function of the respiratory system, ventilatory mechanics, gas transport in the blood, natural and chemical regulation of breathing, circulation, blood flow and pressure, and cardiac output. The heart-lung relationship and clinical applications of these phenomena in the cardiopulmonary system will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.
RCP 522 Pulmonary Disease (3 semester hours)
Topics include the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of common pulmonary diseases and conditions. Respiratory Care management of non-respiratory disorders commonly encountered in the critical care unit will also be covered. Pulmonary and critical care medicine, obstructive and restrictive pulmonary disease, neoplastic disease of the lung, infectious diseases, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, drowning, burns, smoke inhalation, carbon monoxide poisoning, drug overdose, and respiratory care of the post-operative patient will be reviewed. Prerequisite: RCP 512.
RCP 523 Mechanical Ventilation (4 semester hours)
Provides instruction in the theory, set-up, operation and maintenance of mechanical ventilators, their associated modes of ventilation and related equipment. Topics include: mechanical ventilator theory, ventilator operation, modes of ventilation, ventilator maintenance and trouble shooting. Prerequisite: RCP 511, RCP 512.
RCP 530 Cardiac Diseases (2 semester hours)
Topics include the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of common cardiac and cardiovascular conditions. Respiratory Care management of cardiac and cardiovascular disorders, shock, trauma, renal failure, acute G.I. disturbances, and invasive cardiovascular procedures will be reviewed. Additionally, learners will learn to interpret 12-lead ECGs and obtain their ACLS credentials. Prerequisite: RCP 512.
RCP 531 Critical Respiratory Care (4 semester hours)
Provides instruction on all phases of adult critical care and continuous mechanical ventilation. Topics include physiology and classification of mechanical ventilation, acid base balance, indications for mechanical ventilatory support, implementation, monitoring, ventilator weaning and discontinuance will be covered. Advanced critical care techniques for invasive and non-invasive patient monitoring will be covered. Hemodynamic monitoring will include arterial pressure monitoring, central venous and pulmonary artery catheters, and cardiac output measurement. Non-invasive monitoring techniques including oximetry, transcutaneous monitoring, capnography, ventilator graphic analysis, and assessment of the critical ill patient will also be reviewed. Prerequisites: RCP 512, RCP 520 RCP 521, RCP 522, RCP 523.
RCP 532 Pulmonary Function Testing (3 semester hours)
Provides a hands-on experience conducting and interpreting complete pulmonary function tests to include spirometry, lung volumes, and diffusion. Common variations such as bronchoprovocation testing and bronchial responsiveness along with tests for muscle weakness are also included. In addition, the student will learn the operation, maintenance, and quality control principles for all common pulmonary function and gas analysis equipment. Bronchoscopy, exercise testing, and metabolic testing will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: RCP 512, RCP 522.
RCP 533 Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Care (4 semester hours)
Provides the student with the opportunity to utilize evidence-based knowledge and critical thinking skills in the planning and provision of comprehensive respiratory care to newborns, infants, and children along the health-illness continuum. Topics include fetal growth and development, neonatal and pediatric cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology, respiratory care assessment of the newborn, infant and pediatric patient, as well as respiratory care diagnostic and therapeutic interventions targeted to specific cardiopulmonary pathologies. Prerequisites: RCP 512, RCP 520 RCP 521, RCP 522, RCP 523.
RCP 570 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics (2 semester hours)
This advanced cardiopulmonary diagnostics course covers a range of tests that assess different body systems. Topics include polysomnography and sleep disorders, metabolic testing, ultrasound, and echocardiography. Learners will observe tests, identify indications, interpret findings, and describe the equipment required for each. Prerequisite: RCP 512, RCP 522, RCP 530.
CHS 510 Health Care in America: An Overview for Health Professions for Students (2 Semester hours)
Health Care in America is designed for students who are entering a health profession. Faculty leaders from across the Medical Center present topics that address contemporary issues in America’s health care system. Examples include the organization and delivery system, the economics and financing of health care, the national’s health care workforce, long-term care, technology and health care, biomedical ethics, health policy and the public’s health, and future directions of America’s health care system. Following presentations, the class breaks into interdisciplinary groups lead by faculty to explore those and other class-developed questions about health care in America.