Respiratory Care (RET)
This open-enrollment course is a comprehensive introduction to the respiratory care field and keeps students up-to-date with the latest advances and trends in professional practice. The course helps students gain a thorough understanding of the role of the respiratory therapist, scientific basis for treatment, and clinical applications.
Fundamentals of basic respiratory care techniques and equipment, including respiratory pharmacology. Introductory physiotherapy along with medical gas, humidity and aerosol and hyperinflation therapy.
This course is a continuation of basic respiratory care techniques and equipment. Topics emphasized include a continuation of lung hyperinflation, bronchial hygiene therapies, radiography including CXR, CT, MRI and basic/advanced airway management.
This course introduces the principles of mechanical ventilation, indications, types, methods, physiological adjustments, and trouble shooting. Current evidenced based approaches, techniques, and protocols are presented.
This course is a study of the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases, commonly encountered in patients requiring respiratory care.
This course is a study of diagnostic techniques and instrumentation including pulmonary function testing, the electrocardiogram, treatment of cardiac anomalies and ACLS pharmacology.
A detailed study of the structure and function of the heart and lungs, including respiratory related abnormal physiological process and acid-base status.
This course includes sleep medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, exercise physiology, nutrition, patient and family education, and respiratory care in the home.
This course includes chest tube maintenance, vacuum systems, nasogastric and orogastric tube placement and maintenance as related to the practice of respiratory care. Chest radiography, cardiopulmonary stress testing, Holter monitoring and hemodynamic monitoring are also discussed. Advanced Cardiac Life Support concepts are reviewed.
This course analyzes the history of pharmacology, regulatory agencies, and regulations concerning the use of drugs. The course will include drug action, absorption, and distribution in the human body with emphasis on respiratory, cardiac, and related drugs used in clinical settings.
An introduction to comprehensive patient assessment including medical ethics, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), prevention of medical errors and hands-on assessment utilizing the Human Patient Simulator Lab. Lecture and laboratory experiences.
This course includes instruction in the development and physiology of the fetal and neonatal lung, fetal and newborn circulation, neonatal pulmonary disorders, and treatment of pediatric and neonatal patients. Emphasis will be placed on respiratory care techniques, airway management, mechanical ventilation, pediatric therapy, and drugs and dosages for the pediatric and neonatal patient.