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RESPIRATORY THERAPY

RTH 102 Integrated Sciences for Respiratory Care (3 cr.)
Integrates the concepts of mathematics, chemistry, physics, microbiology, and computer technology as these sciences apply to the practices of respiratory care. Lecture 3 hours per week.
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RTH 110 Fundamental Theory and Procedures for Respiratory Care (4 cr.)
Focuses on the development of basic respiratory care skills necessary to enter the hospital environment. Prerequisites: completion of the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate and acceptance into pre-clinical courses. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 8 hours per week.
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RTH 112 Pathology of the Cardiopulmonary System (3 cr.)
Presents pathophysiology of medical and surgical diseases with emphasis upon diseases of the cardiopulmonary system. Pre-requisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 3 hours per week.
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RTH 121 Cardiopulmonary Science I (3 cr.)
Focuses on pathophysiology, assessment, treatment, and evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Explores cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiology and pathophysiology. Lecture 3 hours per week.
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RTH 131 Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures I (4 cr.)
Presents theory of equipment and procedures and related concepts used for patients requiring general acute and critical cardiopulmonary care. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
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RTH 132 Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures II (4 cr.)
Presents theory of equipment and procedures and related concepts used for patients requiring general acute and critical cardiopulmonary care. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first two semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
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RTH 135 Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures I (2 cr.)
Focuses on purpose, implementation, and evaluation of equipment and procedures used in the diagnosis and therapeutic management of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Prerequisites: completion of the Pre-Respiratory Therapy Career Studies Certificate and acceptance into pre-clinical courses. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
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RTH 145 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care I (1 cr.)
Presents selection criteria for the use of, and detailed information on, pharmacologic agents used in pulmonary care. Prerequisite: acceptance into pre-clinical courses. Lecture 1 hour per week.
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RTH 190 Coordinated Practice in respiratory Therapy: NCC I-II (3 cr. ) (3 cr.)
Provides supervised on-the-job training to enable students to work directly with patients to practice and refine skills learned in the previous semester’s classroom and laboratory classes. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Laboratory 10 hours per week.
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RTH 190 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: NCC INTERNSHIP (3 cr.)
Provides  first-year students an opportunity to practice all non-critical care skills in an acute care setting.  The student is paired with an experienced “CRT” and completes 102 hours of non-critical care internship. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first semester of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Laboratory 10 hours per week.
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RTH 215 Pulmonary Rehabilitation ( 1 cr.)
Focuses on purpose and implementation of comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first two semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 1 hour per week.
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RTH 222 Cardiopulmonary Science II (3 cr.)
Focuses on assessment, treatment, and evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Explores cardiopulmonary, renal, and neuromuscular physiology and pathophysiology. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first two semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 3 hours per week.
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RTH 223 Cardiopulmonary Science III (2 cr.)
Continues the exploration of topics discussed in RTH 121 and RTH 222. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 2 hours per week.
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RTH 226 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Procedures (3 cr.)
Focuses on cardiopulmonary physiology and pathology of the newborn and pediatric patient. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 2 hours per week.
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RTH 227 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills II (2 cr.)
Presents intensive correlation of all major respiratory therapy subject areas reflecting the entry-level and advanced practitioner matrices. Emphasizes assessment, implementation, and modification of therapy to patient response. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first five semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 2 hours per week.
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RTH 236 Critical Care Monitoring (3 cr.)
Focuses on techniques and theory necessary for the evaluation and treatment of the critical care patient, especially arterial blood gases and hemodynamic measurements. Explores physiologic effects of advanced mechanical ventilation. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first four semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
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RTH 265 Current Issues in Respiratory Care (2 cr.)
Explores current issues affecting the profession of respiratory care. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Lecture 2 hours per week.
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RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy ACC/NPCC I (2 cr.)
Supervises on-the-job training.  Introduces the student to respiratory critical care, home care and diagnostic pulmonary functions.  Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric and neonatal) and practice and become evaluated on entry-level critical care skills. Introduces students to adult and pediatric home care and helps them learn to perform diagnostic pulmonary functions. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Laboratory 10 hours per week.
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RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy ACC/NPCC II (2 cr.)
Supervises on-the-job training.  Introduces the student to respiratory critical care, home care and diagnostic pulmonary functions.  Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric and neonatal) and practice and become evaluated on entry-level critical care skills. Introduces students to adult and pediatric home care and helps them learn to perform diagnostic pulmonary functions. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first three semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Laboratory 10 hours per week.
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RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy ACC/NPCC III (2 cr.)
Supervises on-the-job training. Further develops critical respiratory care clinical skills and critical thinking skills. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric and neonatal) and practice and become evaluated on advanced level critical care skills. Students also develop skills in hemodynamic monitoring and polysomnography. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first four semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Laboratory 10 hours per week.
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RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy ACC/NPCC IV (1 cr.)
Supervises on-the-job training. Further develops critical respiratory care clinical skills and critical thinking skills. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric and neonatal) and practice and become evaluated on advanced level critical care skills. Students also develop skills in hemodynamic monitoring and polysomnography. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first four semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Laboratory 5 hours per week.
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RTH 290 Coordinated Practice in Respiratory Therapy: ACC/NPCC Internship (2 cr.)

Supervises on-the-job training. Further develops critical respiratory care clinical skills and critical thinking skills. Students rotate through several critical care units (adult, pediatric and neonatal) and practice and become evaluated on advanced level critical care skills. Prerequisites: successful completion of all curriculum courses offered during the first five semesters of the AAS degree in Respiratory Therapy. Laboratory 10 hours per week.
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