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Course Descriptions

Respiratory Therapy Program Associate Degree Major Requirements and Recommended Course Sequence.

(Major Code: 52150)

Classes begin with the Fall Semester of each year.

Fall Semester First Year Units
RESP 105 Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Disease Entities 4
RESP 108 Basic Respiratory Therapy Equipment, Procedures and Life Support Systems 5
RESP 112 Supervised Clinical Practicum I 1
RESP 114 Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology 2
Spring Semester First Year
RESP 116 Assessment in Respiratory Care 2.5
RESP 118 Critical Care Life Support Equipment and Procedures 4.5
RESP 122 Supervised Clinical Practicum II 3
RESP 150 Neonatal-Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
   
Fall Semester Second Year
RESP 201 Cardiopulmonary Pathology and Pathophysiology 4
RESP 208 Invasive and Noninvasive Cardiopulmonary Assessment 3.5
RESP 222 Supervised Clinical Practicum III 4
Spring Semester Second Year
RESP 205 Cardiopulmonary Patient Management 3.5
RESP 232 Supervised Clinical Practicum IV 4
RESP 268 Home Care Laboratory Technique 1.5

TOTAL UNITS

45.5
Plus prerequisites (BIOL 144, BIOL 145,BIO 152 and CHEM 115) 17
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements 18

TOTAL PROGRAM UNITS

80.5

NOTE: Program requirements must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

Associate Degree General Education Requirements:

In addition to the courses in the major, additional units in general education (GE) are required for graduation with the Associate in Science Degree. The Grossmont College Counseling Center will assist in identifying these general education courses. Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a "C" grade or better.

The Grossmont College Respiratory Therapy Program has strived to maintain flexibility to the student desiring the Associates Degree. To receive an Associate Degree, the student must complete General Education Requirements. The General Education Requirements are listed in the Grossmont College Catalog and should be reviewed prior to registration.

Although the Respiratory Therapy Program encourages completion of General Education Requirements during the course of study, it is also possible to complete these requirements prior to or after the course of study or during summer session. Please feel free to contact the Counseling Center for further information.

RESP 105 - Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Disease Entities - This course is designed to explore advanced functions of the cardiopulmonary system by building upon previous knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. The course expands on the physiological processes of ventilation, gaseous diffusion, gaseous transport, the relationship between the pulmonary and systemic circulations, and how acid-base balance is essential in maintaining cellular homeostasis. Students will compare and contrast normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology and examine the interrelationship between abnormal findings and disease.

RESP 108 - Basic Respiratory Therapy Equipment, Procedures and Life Support Systems - This course is designed to introduce the student to basic patient assessment, equipment, and procedures used in respiratory therapy. Equipment principles of operation, proper care and maintenance, and trouble-shooting are included. Education of diverse patient populations, proper infection control techniques, and patient care plans are introduced. Simulation and laboratory exercises are integrated into the course in order to improve the students’ ability to manage patients, promote critical thinking and decision-making skills, and to improve communication and technical skills.

RESP 112 - Supervised Clinical Practicum - This course is designed to practice basic respiratory therapy procedures and general patient assessment in the general care environment. Included in the supervised experiences are laboratory and physical assessment, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy and general medication delivery by inhalation.

RESP 114 - Cardiorespiratory Pharmacology - This course is designed for the Respiratory Therapy student. Major emphasis will be given to cardiac, cardiovascular, and pulmonary drugs. Specific drugs in these categories will be addressed in terms of action, indication, possible allergic reactions and contraindications.

RESP 116 - Assessment in Respiratory Care - This course is designed to build upon basic assessment skills. Development of advanced skills is done through incorporating diverse techniques used when completing physical examinations, gathering data, making decisions and providing recommendations in the care of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. This process is done through analyzing data, deciphering significant clinical findings, discussing effective communication methods and collaboratively formulating a plan of care.

RESP 118 - Critical Care Life Support Equipment and Procedures - This course explores advanced concepts of respiratory therapy equipment and therapeutic procedures with emphasis on complex principles of equipment operation and care, quality control and advanced therapeutic techniques as employed in the critical care environment. Special emphasis is placed on life support systems. Variations in ventilation oxygenation and current weaning techniques are discussed for various disease entities.

RESP 122 - Supervised Clinical Practicum II - This course is designed to practice general respiratory therapy procedures and pulmonary assessment in the acute care hospital environment. Included in the supervised experiences are oxygen, aerosol and medication delivery therapy, chest physiotherapy techniques, hyperinflation therapy, airway care techniques and mechanical ventilation management with both acute and critical care patients. Pulmonary assessment, monitoring and pathophysiology are applied to modify appropriate patient care management.

RESP 150 - Neonatal Pediatric Care - This course is designed to familiarize the respiratory therapy student with the knowledge necessary to care for pediatric and neonatal patient populations. Pediatric, infant, and neonatal physiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, management and treatment in acute and critical care are emphasized.

RESP 201 - Cardiopulmonary Pathology and Pathophysiology - This course is an introduction to basic respiratory pathology and resulting abnormal physiology. The role of the respiratory therapist in management of cardiorespiratory disease entities commonly found in the general care environment, in the intensive care unit, and in the home care setting is developed. Emphasis is placed on the pathological processes.

RESP 205 - Cardiopulmonary Patient Management - This course is a capstone course designed to use critical thinking and decision making skills to incorporate previous learning with new concepts, investigation, and research. All patient populations and levels of care are included in this course. Capstone projects are required.

RESP 208 - Invasive and Noninvasive Cardiopulmonary Monitoring - This course is designed to provide theory and hands-on practice in various means of monitoring the patient in the acute care setting. An introductory level of advanced modes of ventilation, principles of weaning from mechanical ventilation as well as monitoring the cardiovascular system with capnography, electrocardiography and hemodynamic monitoring in the critical care setting will be presented.

RESP 222 - Supervised Clinical Practicum III - This course provides practice in advanced respiratory procedures and therapeutic techniques in the critical care environment. Therapeutic management of critical pulmonary patients is practiced under direct instructor supervision. Assessment of patient pulmonary status by the student is required prior to the convening of clinical.

RESP 232 - Supervised Clinical Practicum IV - This course provides practice in advanced cardiopulmonary specialty techniques in the hospital environment or simulation lab under direct supervision of specialty experts. These techniques built upon content from 201, 208, and 222.

RESP 268 - Respiratory Therapy Home Care Techniques - This course will provide the student with a review of various apparatuses utilized by patients in their home. This will include home oxygen therapy modalities, home sterilization techniques and home ventilator life support systems.

Last Updated: 05/07/2020
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