Course Descriptions

RESPIRATORY CARE 

Course Descriptions

 

3403  Foundations of Patient Care

            The focus of this lecture course is to introduce basic principles of patient care to the respiratory care student.  Many of these principles apply to other health care disciplines.  Topics include health care systems, patient and health provider safety, medical records, charting, ethical and legal implications, and components of a patient history and physical examination.

 

3413  Introduction to Respiratory Care

            Combined lecture and laboratory course focusing on basic procedures and techniques used by respiratory care practitioners.  Emphasis is placed on correct set-up and application of the procedure and equipment.  Topics include infection control, patient positioning, vital signs, breath sounds, chest assessment, oxygen therapy, aerosol drug delivery, and an introduction to pharmacology.

 

3423  Physics and Respiratory Care

            The focus of this lecture course is on application of basic principles of physics to the respiratory and cardiovascular system.  Emphasis is placed on the physics of fluids and gases.  Topics include force, work, pressure, Bernoulli’s theorem, Venturi tubes, flow patterns, viscosity, gas laws, diffusion, surface tension, gas solubility, and the equation of motion applied to the respiratory system.

 

3433  Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

            The focus of this lecture course is on applied physiology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.  Emphasis is placed on normal structure and function.  Topics include mechanics of spontaneous breathing, pulmonary circulation, gas conduction and exchange, gas transport, cardiac output and its control, reninangiotensin-aldos-terone system, basic ECG analysis, the cardiac cycle, and acid-base balance.

 

3443  Basic Respiratory Therapeutics

            Prerequisites:  RESP 3403, 3413.

          The focus of this lecture course is on the theoretical application of the basic therapeutic techniques used by respiratory care professionals.  Topics include airway care, gas therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, lung expansion therapy, chest physical therapy, and patterns of cardiopulmonary dysfunction.

 

3512  Therapeutic Procedures and Equipment

            Prerequisites:  RESP 3403, 3413

         Combined lecture and laboratory class focusing on secretion removal, hyperinflation and an introduction to ventilatory support.  Emphasis is placed on correct set-up and application of equipment and procedures.  Topics include humidity and aerosol therapy, cough techniques, incentive spirometry, bedside pulmonary function testing, percussion and postural drainage, IPPB, manual resuscitation, arterial punctures, and venous access.

 

3523  Respiratory Pharmacology

          Prerequisites:  RESP 3423, 3433

          The focus of this lecture course is a comprehensive review of the major medications used to promote bronchodilation and pulmonary hygiene, control airway inflammation, affect skeletal muscle tone and central nervous system activity, and support the failing cardiovascular system.

 

3543  Adult Critical Care

            Prerequisites:  RESP 3423, 3433, 3443, 3512.

          The focus of this lecture course is a thorough review of ventilatory support techniques.  Emphasis is placed on adult applications; however, some neonatal and pediatric support techniques are covered.  Topics include etiology of respiratory failure, physical implications of positive pressure ventilation, methods of providing support, prescribing machine settings and managing the patient-ventilator system, hemodynamic and gas exchange monitoring, weaning techniques, and non-invasive applications.

 

3552  Adult Critical Care Procedures and Equipment

          Prerequisites:  RESP 3423, 3433, 3443, 3512.

          Combined lecture and laboratory course focusing n techniques and procedures used to support the adult patient in respiratory failure.  Emphasis is placed on correct set-up and application of procedures and equipment.  Topics include intubation and airway care, full and partial venilatory support modes, patient-ventilartor system checks, triggering, flow patterns, expired gas monitoring, and diagnostic and monitoring uses of the ECG.

 

3553  Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

            Prerequisites:  RESP 3423, 3433, 3443, 3512.

          The focus of this lecture course is on the theoretical application of respiratory care to the pediatric and newborn patient.  Topics include development of the pulmonary and cardiovascular system, patient assessment, intrinsic lung diseases, congenital heart diseases, SIDS and apnea, applied pharmacotherapy, surfactant replacement therapy, and ventilatory support techniques.

 

3561  Neonatal Procedures and Equipment

          Prerequisites:  RESP 3423, 3433, 3443, 3512.

          Laboratory course focusing on techniques and procedures used to support the neonatal patient in respiratory failure.  Emphasis is placed on correct set-up and application of the procedure and equipment.  Topics include nasal CPAP, continuous flow IMV, neonatal intubation and airway care, ventilatory support, PEEP, inspiratory time and mean airway pressure therapy, vital signs, chest assessment, apgar scoring, and resuscitation of the newborn.

 

3563  Respiratory Pathophysiology (formerly 4463)

            Prerequisites:  RESP 3523, 3543.

         The focus of this lecture course is to review the etiology, pathology, pathophysiology, clinical features, and treatments for common pulmonary diseases.  Disease topics include asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, shock, pulmonary embolism, heart failure, smoke inhalation and burns, ARDS, chest trauma, atelectasis, neuromuscular disease, and pneumonia.

 

3712  Clinical Practicum I

          Prerequisites:  RESP 3403, 3413.

          All clinical courses require the student to integrate theory and laboratory training in the patient care setting.  The focus of this clinical course is application of basic therapeutic techniques and procedures.  Topics include medical records, charting, patient history and physical examination, infection control. Patient positioning, vital signs, breath sounds, chest assessment, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, cough techniques, incentive spirometry, and percussion and postural drainage.  Sixteen hours of clinical required each week.

 

3722  Clinical Practicum II

         Prerequisites:  RESP 3443, 3512, 3712.

         All clinical courses require the student to integrate theory and laboratory training in the patient care setting.  The focus of this clinical course is IPPB, manual resuscitation, arterial punctures and venous access, basic pulmonary function testing, pediatric respiratory care, and an introduction to adult critical care.  Sixteen hours of clinical required each week.

 

4102  Clinical Patient Management

         Prerequisite:  RESP 3563.

         The focus of this lecture course is to train the student in the benefits and use of therapist-driven protocols.  Topics include assessment skills and processing, SOAP charting, need for follow-up or reassessment, commonly used treatment protocols and diseases frequently treated with protocols.  A case management format is used to simulate the clinical environment.

 

4123  Data Analysis 

         Prerequisite:  Senior respiratory care student.

         The focus of this course is to provide a statistics course specifically for health science majors using techniques and data structures relevant to clinical investigations.  General topics include choosing correct procedures and using statistics to understand clinical data.  Specific topics include but are not limited to; study design, central tendency and variability, probability, repeated measures analysis of variance, data association and prediction, and evaluating diagnostic procedures.

 

4223  Education Theory and Practice

            Prerequisite:  Senior respiratory care student.

         The focus of this lecture course is to train the student in the basic processes of education.  Emphasis is placed on classroom as well as a clinical instruction.  Topics include learning styles, developing objectives, teaching methods, questioning and problem solving strategies, characteristics and roles of the clinical instructor, and use of appropriate evaluation instruments.

 

4233   Educational/Administrative Concepts     

          Educational and managerial skills appropriate to the advancement of the respiratory therapist.  Students will develop, implement, and evaluate relevant projects.  May be repeated once with varied content.
    


4243   Advanced Practice Applications 

          Introduction to emerging areas within the profession.  Students will develop skills in chosen specialization by designing, implementing and evaluating appropriate projects.  May be repeated once with different content.

 

4133   Developing Leadership Capabilities in Respiratory Care

          The focus of this lecture course is to introduce students to leadership theories in healthcare. This course provides a foundation for future healthcare leaders. Students are exposed to a series of alternative leadership perspectives, including collaborative models. Topics include: defining leadership, interdisciplinary and interprofessional working, communication and leadership, and leadership for change.



4403  Pulmonary Diagnostics

             Prerequisites:  RESP 3423, 3433.

          The focus of this lecture course is the study of standard methodologies used to diagnose and monitor patients with pulmonary disease.  Emphasis is placed on technical aspects as well as disease presentation.  Topics include measurement and analysis of lung volumes, ventilation, pulmonary mechanics, gas distribution, diffusion testing, exercise testing, quality assurance, and blood gas analysis.

 

4422  Rehabilitation and Health Promotion

            Prerequisite:  Senior respiratory care student.

          The focus of this lecture course is to educate the respiratory care student in 6the principles and practices used in pulmonary rehabilitation programs.  Topics include organization and management, candidate assessment and selection, patient and family education, smoking intervention techniques, role of home and alternate care sites, and reimbursement for services.

 

4423  Research and Respiratory Care

          Prerequisite:  Senior respiratory care student.

          The focus of this lecture course is to instruct the respiratory care student in the role research plays in the practice of respiratory care.  Quality improvement is used to emphasize the basic components of research.  Topics include problems development, literature review, data analysis techniques and interpretation, institutional review boards, and communicating the results.

 

4432   Theoretical Applications

             Prerequisite:  Senior respiratory care student.

          The focus of this lecture class is to provide the student with an assessment of his/her educational strengths and weaknesses with respect to the practice of respiratory care.  Topics include an assessment of the following examinations; written registry clinical simulations, and if time permits, pulmonary function technology.  Passing the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) examination and mock written registry and clinical simulation examinations are required in this class.

 

4433   Cardiopulmonary Dynamics

             Prerequisites:  RESP 3543, 3552.

          The focus of this lecture course is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of cardiac electrophysiology and clinical hemodynamics.  Emphasis is placed on rhythm recognition, and causes and treatments of common dysrhythmias.  Other topics include advanced cardiac life support.

 

4443  Management of Health Care Services

             Prerequisite:  Senior respiratory care student.

          The focus of this lecture course is to introduce the student to managing health care services.  Emphasis is placed on development of skills in leadership, communication, time management, problem solving, motivation, and other critical competencies.  Topics include methods to achieve greater productivity, policy improvement, recruitment, selection, and training of new employees, as well as current issues facing the health care system.

 

4453  Advanced Health Assessment

             Prerequisite:  Senior respiratory care student.

          The focus of this lecture course is to provide the student with advanced physical assessment skills.  The assessment of the major organ systems commonly affected by or associated with pulmonary diseases are explored.  Topics include detailed assessment of the chest and lungs, heart and great vessels, skin, head and neck, nose and throat, and emergency and life threatening situations.

 

4652   Independent Study

             Prerequisite:  Consent of chair.

          The purpose of this course is to allow the student to pursue specific interest(s) within the field of respiratory care.  Under faculty direction the student can participate in research, clinical experience, or other areas of directed study.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

4653   Independent Study

          Prerequisite:  Consent of chair.

          The purpose of this course is to allow the student to pursue specific interest(s) within the field of respiratory care.  Under faculty direction the student can participate in research, clinical experience, or other areas of directed study.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

4663  Advanced Practice Problems

            Designed for advanced students to work in appropriate areas not otherwise available.  May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

 

4711   Clinical Practicum III

          Prerequisites:  RESP 3553, 3561, 3722.

          All clinical courses require the student to integrate theory and laboratory training in the patient care setting.  The focus of this clinical course is the application of therapies, techniques and procedures to the newborn patient.  Topics include aerosol drug delivery, pulmonary hygiene, nasal CPAP, continuous flow IMV, neonatal intubation and airway care, ventilatory support, PEEP, inspiratory time and mean airway pressure therapy, vital signs, chest assessment, apgar scoring, and resuscitation of the newborn.  Eight hours of clinical required each week.  Passing a mock CRT examination is required in this class.

 

4722   Clinical Practicum IV

          Prerequisite:  RESP 4711.

          All clinical courses require the student to integrate theory and laboratory training in the patient care setting.  The focus of this clinical course is the application of therapies, techniques and procedures used to support the adult patient in respiratory failure.  Topics include aerosol drug delivery, pulmonary hygiene, airway mucosa care, patient-ventilator system checks, prescribing machine settings, and managing the patient-ventilator system.  Sixteen hours of clinical required each week.

 

4732   Clinical Practicum V

          Prerequisite:  RESP 4722.

          All clinical courses require the student to integrate theory and laboratory training in the patient care setting.  The focus of this clinical course is the application of therapies, techniques and procedures used to support the adult patient in respiratory failure.  Topics include hemodynamic and gas exchange monitoring, weaning techniques and non-invasive applications, intubation and airway care, full and partial ventilatory support modes, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and diagnostic and monitoring uses of the ECG.  Sixteen hours of clinical required each week.

 

4803   Internship in Respiratory Care

             Prerequisites:  Clinical I, II, and III, B average in lecture and laboratory major classes and permission of the     chair.

          To allow respiratory care students to participate in and experience the practice of respiratory care in geographic areas other than Wichita Falls.  Field sites are chosen on the basis of the continuum of care supplied, willingness to accept students, and completion of a clinical affiliation agreement.  Students are responsible for making initial contact with field site, transportation, room and board, and any other costs of the field site experience.