BS Course Descriptions

Junior – Fall (15 hrs)

RT 300 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care I – 4 hrs

A study of respiratory care treatment modalities and equipment. Emphasis is placed on understanding application to patient situations, assessment of care, and principles of operation of equipment. Infection control issues will be included. Students will discuss the pathophysiology, health promotion and disease prevention aspects of each modality. Relevant lab exercises will be included.

RT 305 Patient Assessment – 4 hrs

A study of patient assessment skills and procedures used in the evaluation of the respiratory patient. Emphasis will be on patient care procedures, physical assessment, laboratory assessment, communication skills and documentation. Professionalism, Ethics and Civic responsibilities of the respiratory therapist will be discussed. Relevant lab exercises will be included.

RT 310 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology – 3 hrs

A study of the structure and function of the respiratory system. Physiology of the respiratory, cardiac, and renal systems will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on how each control the body’s acid-base status and the effects of respiratory therapeutic modalities on each system.

RT 315 Respiratory Care Pharmacology – 2 hrs

A study of pharmacological agents used in the treatment of cardiopulmonary disease and critical care. Emphasis will be on drugs used to influence the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and renal systems.

RT 320 Clinical I – 2 hrs

Practical application of respiratory care performed under supervision at clinical sites. This course serves as an introduction to the hospital environment. Proficiency evaluations of selected respiratory care procedures will be completed. Eight hours of clinical experience for four weeks will be included.


Junior – Spring (14 hrs)

RT 325 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care II – 4 hrs

This course is a continuation of RT 300. It is designed to continue the progression from basic respiratory care modalities to more advanced therapy and equipment. Emphasis will continue to be on understanding application to patient situations, assessment of care, and principles of operation of equipment. Relevant lab exercises will be included.

RT 330 Airway Management and Resuscitation – 2 hrs

A study of the selection, application, maintenance, and discontinuance of various artificial airways. Emphasis will be on intubation, extubation, tracheostomy care, and suctioning. The role of the respiratory therapist in a cardiorespiratory arrest will be covered in accordance with American Heart Association Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support (ACLS) guidelines. ACLS will be taught.

RT 335 Pathology for Respiratory Care – 3 hrs

A study of the diseases affecting the respiratory system commonly encountered by practicing respiratory therapists. The pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, management, and prognosis of acute and chronic pulmonary diseases will be discussed.

RT 340 Research – 3 hrs

A study of clinical research methods and concepts related to respiratory care. Emphasis is on an overview of the research process and how to critically evaluate published and empirical research.

RT 345 Clinical II – 2 hrs

Practical application of respiratory care performed under supervision at clinical sites. Proficiency evaluations of selected respiratory care procedures will be completed including basic and advanced modalities. Students will prepare and present case studies relevant to this patient population.


Junior – Summer (9 hrs)

RT 350 Ventilatory Support I – 4 hrs

A study of the basic physics, theory, and methods commonly used in mechanical ventilation. Emphasis will be on patient management and assessment. Invasive and non-invasive ventilation will be discussed, including advanced oxygen delivery systems. Relevant lab exercises will be included.

RT 355 Advanced Critical Care Monitoring – 3 hrs

A study of advanced cardiopulmonary monitoring used in critical care. Emphasis will be on ventilator waveform analysis, capnography, and hemodynamic monitoring.

RT 360 Clinical III – 2 hrs

Practical application of respiratory care performed under supervision at clinical sites. Proficiency evaluations of selected respiratory care procedures will be completed including advanced modalities and mechanical ventilation. Students will prepare and present case studies relevant to this patient population.


Senior – Fall (14 hrs)

RT 400 Ventilatory Support II – 4 hrs

This course is a continuation of RT 345. A study of advanced mechanical ventilation. Adult, pediatric, and neonatal ventilation will be discussed. Emphasis will be on patient management and assessment. Relevant lab exercises will be included.

RT 405 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care – 3 hrs

A study of respiratory therapy involving infants and children. Emphasis will be on patient management and assessment in basic and intensive care settings. Developmental anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, disease management and prevention, health promotion, oxygenation, and resuscitation will be discussed. PALS and NRP will be taught. Relevant lab exercises will be included.

RT 410 Pulmonary Diagnostics – 3 hrs

A study of diagnostic testing and measurements used in providing care for respiratory patients. Emphasis will be on pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy, sleep studies, and other special procedures commonly encountered by the practicing respiratory therapist. Relevant lab exercises will be included.

RT 415 Clinical IV – 4 hrs

Practical application of respiratory care performed under supervision at clinical sites. Proficiency evaluations of selected respiratory care procedures will be completed including advanced mechanical ventilation, special procedures, and diagnostics. Students will prepare and present case studies relevant to this patient population.


Senior – Spring (13 hrs)

RT 420 Palliative, Long-Term, and Preventative Care – 3 hrs

A study of the respiratory therapist’s role in pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, and patient education and motivation in preventative care. Reimbursement issues will be discussed. This course will also provide an overview of the growing need for quality palliative care. The scope of palliative care and current end-of-life issues will be introduced.

RT 425 Respiratory Therapy Education – 3 hrs

A study of general educational and instructional methods and techniques. Emphasis will be on patient education and health promotion. The student will learn how to write learning objectives, how to evaluate patient education, how to prepare and present a topic for an in-service presentation, and how to present a lecture in a classroom and in the laboratory environment.

RT 430 Respiratory Therapy Leadership – 2 hrs

A study of management of a respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary department. Emphasis will be on regulatory agency and accreditation standards related to respiratory therapy, departmental budgeting, quality assurance, human resource issues, conflict resolution, and staff training.

RT 435 Clinical V – 4 hrs

Practical application of respiratory care performed under supervision at clinical sites. This course prepares the student to perform as an advanced-level respiratory therapist. Proficiency evaluations of selected respiratory care procedures will be completed. Emphasis will be on advanced mechanical ventilation in adults, pediatrics, and neonates; special procedure areas may be assigned.

RT 440 Advanced-Level Exam Review - 1 hr

This course is designed to assist students in preparing for the Therapist Multiple-Choice and Clinical Simulation Exams offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).