Respiratory Therapy (RST)

Respiratory Therapy

Course Information Cr Hrs
RST-105 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

This course is a study of the gross anatomy and microscopic anatomy of the pulmonary and cardiac systems. Electrophysiology of the heart, mechanics of ventilation, gas transport and neurochemical control of ventilation are presented.

 Prerequisite: BCS 120 or BCS 140.
3-3-0
RST-210 Respiratory Equipment and Therapeutics

This course focuses on gas laws, aerosol, humidity, chest physiotherapy, IPPB and medical gas therapy.

 Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program.
3-3-0
RST-215 Respiratory Pharmacology

Concepts of basic drug science and their application to respiratory drugs, including bronchodilators, corticosteroids, mucokinetic agents and antibiotics are covered. The student is also introduced to other drugs commonly used by pulmonary patients.

 Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program.
2-2-0
RST-223 Mechanical Ventilation

This course focuses on the management of ventilatory failure, including ventilator commitment, blood gas management and weaning. Operation of common ventilators and various techniques of mechanical ventilation are presented.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
4-4-0
RST-226 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics

This course will focus on the performance and analysis of pulmonary function studies arterial blood gases.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
2-2-0
RST-227 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics II

This course will focus on patient assessment techniques, chest x-ray interpretation, and EKG interpretation.

 Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or higher in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy (RST) courses
2-2-0
RST-228 Pulmonary Diseases

This course is a survey of pathological disorders of the lungs. Etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and treatment are covered for each disease.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
3-3-0
RST-240 Pediatric Respiratory Therapy

This course includes fetal development, high risk anticipation, newborn assessment and care, neonatal and pediatric respiratory diseases and therapies, monitoring, airway care, mechanical ventilation and home care.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
3-3-0
RST-242 Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathology

This course is a study of techniques used to monitor and treat the pathophysiological processes encountered in respiratory care. The course includes the evaluation of cardiac output, intravascular pressures and tissue oxygenation.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
3-3-0
RST-251 Special Procedures in Respiratory Care

The focus of this course will be on assisting the physician with bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, tracheotomy, chest tube insertion, invasive cardiac monitoring, pulmonary rehabilitation, quality control procedures and equipment evaluation.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
2-2-0
RST-253 Advanced Respiratory Therapy Theory

This course is an analysis of therapeutic procedures to achieve and maintain a patent airway, adequate ventilation and oxygenation and removal of broncho-pulmonary secretions.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
2-2-0
RST-281 Clinical Practicum I

This course provides practical experience in the hospital setting, medical gas therapy, chest physiotherapy and IPPB therapy.

 Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program.
4-0-0
RST-282 Clinical Practicum II

This course focuses on critical care, mechanical ventilation, arterial blood gases and departmental specialty areas.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
8-0-0
RST-283 Clinical Practicum III

This course provides practical experience in critical care, neonatal, medical, pediatric and surgical intensive care patients. Practical experience in special procedures and department management skills is also included.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Respiratory Therapy courses.
8-0-0