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Respiratory Therapist - AAS

Allied Health

Contact: Teresa PAULS (620)665-4928
Contact: David CHASTAIN (620)728-8100
Department Co-Chair: Debbie HACKLER (620)665-4931
Department Co-Chair: Todd SAZAMA (620)665-4939

For course descriptions and course prerequisites, click on the course name.

Total Credit Hours

This degree requires 73 credit hours.


Course Title Credits
AL153 Pharmacology 3

Basic pharmacology for students pursuing allied health professions-basic drugs as related to diseases, effects of drugs on different systems of the body, interaction of drugs, side effects, contraindications and effectiveness in relation to dosages.

BI100 Basic Concepts for Allied Health Studies 1

Basic anatomical and physiological terminology; fundamental chemical concepts with an emphasis on organic macromolecules, pH, buffers, electrolytes, and solutions; introduction to cellular structure and function.

BI103 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6

Basic structure and function of the human body. Four hours lecture and four hours laboratory per week.
Pre-Reqs: BI101 or BI104 or BI105 or BI112, or BI100 Bas Cncpt for AH Studies with a grade of C or better

ED105 Success Seminar/College Orientation 1

Experiences designed to help with the transition into college life; exploration of essential techniques for success as a college student.

EN101 English Composition IA 3

Essentials of composition. Emphasis is placed on practice in writing expository paragraphs and themes and in using the techniques of research. Selected readings for models and criticism are used. Based on placement scores, students may be required to enroll in EN100 English Composition IB and EN099 Elements of Writing instead of EN101. Additionally, honors students may elect to take EN103H Honors English Composition I in lieu of EN101.
Pre-Reqs: Asset Writing Score of 45 or above, or ACT English Score of 20 to 36, or Compass Writing Score of 76 or above, or Accuplacer Writing Score of 69 to 120

HR105 Medical Terminology 3

Elements of medical language including common abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on spelling, pronunciation, correct usage, and meaning relating to body systems, medical science, and medical specialties.

MA105 Intermediate Algebra 3

Elementary algebra including exponents, radicals, quadratic formula, systems of equations, graphing and other topics preparatory to MA106 College Algebra.
Pre-Reqs: Accuplacer Math Score of 60+, or MA098 Basic Algebra with a grade of C or higher

PS100 General Psychology 3

A survey of the fundamental principles of behavior including physiological, perceptual, historical, methodological, learning, memory, development, motivational, emotional, social and applied perspectives.

RT200 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 3

Entry level introduction regarding respiratory therapy history from conception to its current goals and standing, including medical terminology, hospital and respiratory therapy department structure and management, health care delivery systems, psychosocial aspects of patient care and medical ethics. A clinical session (shadowing) will allow the student an orientation rotation at a program clinical site.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT201 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3

An in-depth presentation of the cardiac and respiratory systems. Abnormalities and corrective techniques as related to respiratory therapy will be discussed. Concepts and calculations of ventilation, perfusion, diffusion, hemodynamics, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, acid base balance, and arterial blood gas analysis will be discussed.
Pre-Reqs: RT200 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy, and RT204 Respiratory Care Science, or RT203 Cardiopulmonary Assessment

RT202 Cardiopulmonary Pathology 3

Selected cardiopulmonary diseases, including definition, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic findings, prognosis, prevention, treatment with plan of care, and documentation.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT203 Cardiopulmonary Assessment 3

A systematic approach to cardiopulmonary assessment across the life-span. Evaluation of the respiratory plan of care including physical, lab, and diagnostic findings. Performance within the simulation lab, including: assessment skills, development of a plan of care, arterial blood puncture, acid-base interpretation, and other potential lab findings.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT204 Respiratory Care Science 3

Introduction to mathematical concepts, basic chemistry, basic physics, Venturi principle, theory of humidity and aerosols, and basic microbiology as they apply to respiratory therapy.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT205 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2

The study of neonatal lung development, gas exchange, circulation, along with neonatal and pediatric examination, assessment, disorders, diseases, therapeutic interventions
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT210 Therapeutic Modalities I 4

Basic principles involved in routine therapeutic modalities by the respiratory therapist; application and selection of proper modalities for various patient situations; introduction to some of the equipment used to deliver therapeutic modalities.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT211 Therapeutic Modalities II 4

An advanced course dealing with concepts of respiratory failure, intervention of high tech mechanical ventilators and use of drug therapy with ventilators. Focuses on the respiratory care protocols utilized in providing care for the critically ill patient. Includes the indication of mechanical ventilation, classification of mechanical ventilators, physiological affects of positive pressure, modes of ventilation, non-invasive positive pressure ventilation, patient monitoring and assessment, patient weaning, and discontinuation of ventilatory support. Special situations and alternative site will also be included: Neonatal and pediatric mechanical ventilation, home ventilation and transport of ventilators, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and home care
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT212 Therapeutic Modalities III 4

ECG rhythm measurements and interpretation, nontraditional modes of ventilation (high frequency ventilation/nitric oxide), specialty airways (Combitube, double lumen ETT, Fast Track), special procedures (bronchoscopy, transthoracic needle aspiration, thoracentesis), pulmonary function tests, polysomnography, moderate conscious sedation, hemodynamic monitoring (triple lumen, arterial lines, CVP) setup, troubleshooting, values measured, and sampling, ECMO, IABP, LVAD
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT221 Clinical Training I 5

Entry-level simulation laboratory and clinical experience with emphasis on patient assessment, practical application of basic therapies and documentation techniques. Upon successful completion, students will demonstrate clinical competence on required performance evaluations. Professionalism, accountability and responsibility also included. 90 Clinical Hours
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT222 Clinical Training II 5

Continuation of general practice for the respiratory therapist. Acquisition of critical care experience related to laboratory and diagnostic tests, non-invasive monitoring, , pulmonary function testing, and the legal and ethical realm of the professional will be evaluated. Includes the development and implementation of care plans/SOAP, implementation and beginning use of therapist driven protocols. Elements of professional behavior will be evaluated within the clinical setting. (135 Clinical Hours)
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT223 Clinical Training III 6

Demonstration of the application of theory into practice in the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on the modification of the plan of care related to diagnostic and laboratory finding in the critically ill and ventilator patients. This course includes rotation to a variety of clinical sites. Includes the development and implementation of care plans/SOAPs,implementation and appropriate use of therapist driven protocols. Elements of professional behavior will be evaluated within the clinical setting. ( 180 clinical hours)
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT225 Respiratory Therapy Seminar 2

Important aspects of the respiratory therapy profession including professionalism, critical thinking, problem solving and alternative practice areas; preparation for credentialing examination through the NBRC and state licensure.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

SH101 Public Speaking 3

Principles and practices of oral communication that will help the student develop skills in communication and acquire an understanding of oral communication as a vital human skill and activity.

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