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Respiratory Care Course Descriptions

RESP 2100: INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY CARE (4 credits)

This course introduces the student to the historical development of the profession of respiratory care and the evolution of the role of the respiratory therapist. Specific components of the professional role are presented in the context of the Standards and Guidelines for the Profession of Respiratory Care and the Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Respiratory Therapists. Teaching-learning principles and considerations related to patient/practitioner safety issues are addressed. Theory and psychomotor skills relating to oxygen, aerosol and humidity therapy are practiced in conjunction with beginning clinical decision-making skills. Prerequisites: Admission to the major.

RESP 2200: RESPIRATORY THERAPEUTICS (4 credits)

This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in basic respiratory care. Principles and practice related to airway care, chest physiotherapy and mechanical aids to lung expansion are addressed. Prerequisites: RESP 2100. Co-requisites: INDI 1160.

RESP 3100: PRINCIPLES OF VENTILATION (4 credits)

The focus of this course is mechanical ventilation theory and techniques using various adult ventilators. Blood gas interpretation and its relationship to respiratory care are addressed using lecture/discussion and computer-assisted instruction modules. Intervention strategies used in the management of critically ill patients on life-support are presented, as are advanced skills in pulmonary function diagnostic testing. Critical analysis and problem-solving skills are practiced using patient management situations and case scenarios. Ethical issues related to the management and respiratory care of critically ill patients are discussed. Prerequisites: RESP 2200; BIOL 2200, 2510, 2520..

RESP 3110: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS I (2 credits)

This clinical experience focuses on clinical applications of gas therapy, chest physiotherapy and hyperinflation techniques with a diverse patient population. You utilize cognitive, interactive and psychomotor skills in the assessment process. You travel to clinical experiences one day per week in hospitals and clinics around the Twin Cities. Interpersonal communication skills and cultural sensitivity among the student, patient, family and other healthcare team members are emphasized and practiced. Prerequisites: RESP 2200; current AHA BLS for HCPs; INDI 1150 and 1160.

RESP 3120: PATHOPHYSIOLOGY IN RESPIRATORY CARE I (2 credits)

This course presents an in-depth overview of advanced cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathology from the medical perspective. Communication skills used to facilitate the coordination of patient care with physicians and other healthcare professionals are emphasized through interaction with pulmonologists and/or other respiratory care experts. Prerequisites: BIOL 2200, 2510, 2520; or permission of the program chair.

RESP 3200: ADVANCED RESPIRATORY THERAPEUTICS (4 credits)

This course is designed to orient you to hemodynamic monitoring, electrogradiographic interpretation and dysrythmia recognition. Neonatal/pediatric respiratory care modalities, including ventilation and monitoring alternatives, are discussed. Research methods in respiratory care are presented in conjunction with a student project. Pulmonary rehabilitation and home care strategies are reviewed with emphasis on patient’s quality of life. Intervention strategies are used to maximize communication with patients. Prerequisites: RESP 3100.

RESP 3210: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS II (4 credits)

This course focuses on the clinical application of higher-level skills in the emergency and critical care settings. The primary emphasis of this clinical experience is on the ventilator management of patients across the lifespan (including neonatal, pediatric and adult patient populations). You travel to clinical experiences two days per week in hospitals and clinics around the Twin Cities. Concepts related to critical thinking, ethics, interpersonal relationships, cultural diversity, and death and dying are integrated and addressed throughout this course. Principles of case management and the holistic assessment of total patient needs are emphasized using bedside patient rounds. Prerequisites: RESP 3110, INDI 3150, current AHA BLS for HCPs..

RESP 3220: PATHOPHYSIOLOGY IN RESPIRATORY CARE II (2 credits)

This course is a continuation of RESP 3120. This course presents an in-depth overview of advanced cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathology from the medical perspective. Communication skills used to facilitate the coordination of patient care with physicians and other healthcare professionals are emphasized through interaction with pulmonologists and/or other primary care physicians. Prerequisites: RESP 3120.

RESP 3310: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS III (6 credits)

This is a continuation of RESP 3210 clinical activities. A lecture/discussion component addresses clinical topics and reviews content relevant to national board examinations. Prerequisites: RESP 3210, current AHA BLS for HCPs..

RESP 4100: ADVANCED CRITICAL CARE (4 credits)

Using the Advanced Resuscitation and Intervention guidelines from the American Heart Association, emergency cardiovascular care for the adult, pediatric and neonatal patient are addressed. Interpretation of clinical case data promotes evidence-based analysis, critical thinking and clinical decision making in respiratory care. Respiratory care department management structure and responsibilities are discussed with review of standards required for accreditation. Prerequisites: RESP 3200, 3220, 3310..

RESP 4110: CLINICAL SPECIALTY I (2 credits)

You focus on a specialty option within respiratory care. Specialty options include adult care, pediatric care, neonatal care, management, education, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, hemodynamics, research, polysomnography, pulmonary rehabilitation and home care. Principles of communication, team building, critical analysis, teaching/learning, cultural sensitivity and professional role development are emphasized in each of these areas of clinical focus. You consult with the program clinical director to make a specialty track selection. This required clinical specialty option may be completed in RESP 4110 or RESP 4210. Prerequisites: RESP 3310 and current AHA BLS for HCPs..

RESP 4200: SENIOR SEMINAR (2 credits)

This capstone course provides an opportunity for you to refine your knowledge and abilities to access and critically evaluate the professional literature in respiratory care for evidence-based practice. Seminar topics address professional role development as advanced respiratory therapists. You conduct an in-depth review of current topics and materials in preparation for your comprehensive program examination and national board examination. A student project integrates research methods used in respiratory care. Prerequisites: RESP 4100.

RESP 4210: CLINICAL SPECIALTY II (2 credits)

This elective course provides an opportunity for you to focus on a second specialty option in respiratory care and is strongly recommended. In consultation with the program clinical director, you select a second specialty option to investigate an alternative area of focus within the profession and develop additional knowledge and skills related to this specialty. This elective course may be taken multiple times. Prerequisites: RESP 3310 and current AHA BLS for HCPs..