Theoretical Applications

Course Details

Course Number: RESP 4432  Spring 2014

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 302

Days & Times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8:00a-9:40a

Course Attachments

  Course Syllabus Theoretical 2014-20140123-161919.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr.  Jennifer Anderson   
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Course Objectives

The focus of this lecture class is to provide the student with an assessment of their 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.  

Course Expectations



Each student is required to pass the Certified Respiratory Therapist exam given by the National Board for Respiratory Care prior to completion of this course. It is recommended that the student have attempted this exam by February 26, 2011.  This exam may be repeated as many times as necessary throughout the semester.  Each student is required to submit to the instructor and/or program chair acceptable proof of such completion.  It is each student’s responsibility to complete this requirement independently.  If the student fails to complete this requirement, they will receive an incomplete for this course.  The score on this exam is not used in the determination of your final grade.



There will be daily practice exams as well as assignments throughout the semester.  These assignments consist of workbook completion, reflective reports, etc. to assess the student’s progress in the course. 



In order to pass this course you will be required to take both the RRT written and RRT clinical simulation SAE exams.  These examinations will be administered to assess your strengths and weaknesses prior to attempting the NBRC Written Registry Exam and Clinical Simulations (if you pass the RRT exams you will be exempt from this exams). The exams must be taken at the MSU testing center during your scheduled time.  See below for cost associated with the SAE exams:

  • MSU testing center fee $10 (per exam)
  • SAE RRT Written Exam $40
  • SAE Clinical Simulation Exam $60




Students are required to compose a reflective report from the feedback they received after completion of each exam.  Students are required to describe weaknesses determined from the self-assessment and their plan to strengthen those areas.  This report is required be in essay form, word-processed, double-spaced and a minimum of one to one-and-a-half pages in length. Due February 10, March 24.




Final reflective report must include approximate plan for taking RRT exam.  It should also include a detailed study schedule. Due May 5th



If you pass both parts of the RRT EXAM you may begin to study for the AE-C Exam or NPS EXAM. Kettering books will be provided for you!  Weekly reports and updates are required.  Two reflective reports will also be turned in.  You must turn in mock exam score or certification by the end of the semester.   

Grading Standards



                        Self-assessment examinations (2)            50%

                        Assignments:                                          50%

                          Group Work


                         Practice Exams

                          Reflective Reports






            Each exam grade is based on the minimum passing score.

                        10%-15% above minimum =             A

                        5% -10% above minimum =              B

                        +/- 5%  above/below minimum =       C

                        5% -10% below minimum =                D

                        10% or below minimum =                   F 

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

If a student is going to miss an examination, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the exam to arrange with the instructor to make up the missed exam.  A 15% reduction will be taken for each day (weekends and holidays included) after the scheduled exam date.  The professor reserves the right to make unscheduled exams essay in nature and considerably more challenging.  

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.