Respiratory Therapist Course Descriptions

Traditional Program

Students working in the Respiratory Therapy Lab.
  • RT-101 Principles of Respiratory Therapy I
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Units: 3.0
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program
    • Corequisite: BIOL-104, PHYS-103 unless already completed
    • Description: This course presents basic theory and rationale for respiratory care. It includes the history and organization of respiratory therapy services, basic cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, and medical gas therapy theory. (GR)
  • RT-101L Beginning Clinical Practice
    • 3 hours lab
    • Units: 1
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program or RT-103
    • Corequisite: RT-101, 102, and RT-145
    • Description: This course introduces students to the care of patients requiring respiratory therapy modalities. It also covers beginning level assessment skills, patient interviewing techniques, and the establishment and monitoring of therapeutic equipment systems. (CR)
  • RT-102 Beginning Laboratory
    • 6 hours lab
    • Units: 2
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program
    • Corequisite: RT-101 and 103 unless already completed
    • Description: This course provides laboratory practice of beginning-level therapist skills including administration of medical gases, medicated aerosols, and incentive spirometry techniques. (CR)
  • RT-103 Basic Patient Care
    • 1.5 hours lab
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program
    • Description: This course provides simulated practice of patient care skills in a multimedia setting. (CR)
  • RT-104A Principles of Respiratory Therapy II
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Units: 3
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semester 1 of RT Program
    • Description: This course is designed to study hyperinflation therapy, principles of humidification and aerosol therapy, chest assessment, cardiac anatomy and physiology, and acid base balance. (GR)
  • RT-104B Principles of Respiratory Therapy III
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Units: 3
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of BIOL-104, PHYS-103 and semester 1 of RT Program
    • Description: This course includes study of airway management, advanced respiratory physiology including oxygenation and hypoxia. Respiratory pharmacology, equipment cleaning and sterilization, and mechanical ventilation are introduced. (GR)
  • RT-105A Intermediate Laboratory I
    • 3 hours lab
    • Units: 1
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semester 1 of RT Program
    • Corequisite: RT-104A, RT-104B and RT-105B unless already completed
    • Description: This course provides laboratory practice of intermediate-level therapist skills including chest assessment, hyperinflation therapy, chest physical therapy and airway management. (CR)
  • Students working in the Respiratory Therapy Lab.RT-105B Intermediate Laboratory II
    • 1.5 hours lab
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semester 1 of RT Program
    • Corequisite: RT-104A and B and RT-105A unless already completed
    • Description: This course provides laboratory practice of intermediate-level therapist skills especially those related to artificial ventilation. (CR)
  • RT-106 Intermediate Clinical Practice I
    • 6 hours. lab
    • Units: 2
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semester 1 of RT Program
    • Corequisite: RT-104A and B and RT-105A unless already completed
    • Description: This is a supervised clinical experience course at area hospitals. It emphasizes the practice of beginning and intermediate-level problem-solving and technical skills including assessment, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol administration, and chest physical therapy OR hyperinflation therapy, airway management and beginning artificial ventilation. (CR)
  • RT-107 Intermediate Clinical Practice II
    • 12 hours. lab
    • Units: 4
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semester 1 of RT Program
    • Corequisite: RT-104A and B and RT-105A unless already completed
    • Description: This is a supervised clinical experience course at area hospitals. It emphasizes the practice of beginning and intermediate-level problem-solving and technical skills including assessment, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol administration, and chest physical therapy, hyperinflation therapy, airway management and beginning artificial ventilation. (CR)
  • RT-108 Basic Principles Respiratory Pathophysiology
    • 1 hours. lab
    • Units: 1
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semester 1 of RT Program
    • Description: This course emphasizes the principles of common pathophysiologic conditions encountered by respiratory therapy practitioners. (GR)
  • RT-130A Advanced Respiratory Therapy I
    • 2.5 hours lecture
    • Units: 2.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of first year of RT Program and RT 134
    • Description: This course provides an introduction to the theory of advanced respiratory care with emphasis on refinement of patient assessment techniques, problem solving ability and development of sound clinical judgments. (GR)
  • RT-130B Advanced Respiratory Therapy II
    • 1.5 hours lecture
    • Units: 1.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semesters 1, 2, and 3 of RT Program
    • Description: This course presents concepts of advanced respiratory care with emphasis on recognition, interpretation, and treatment of cardiopulmonary anatomical and physiological alterations of the body as a consequence of disease or trauma. (GR)
  • RT-130L Advanced Clinical Practice
    • 6 hours lab
    • Units: 2
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Program: Completion of first year of RT Program and RT-134
    • Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in RT-130A, 131A, 132 and 133 or equivalent
    • Description: This is a supervised clinical experience course at area hospitals. It emphasizes the practice of advanced-level technical skills including procedures employed in emergency care situations, artificial airway maintenance and discontinuance, arterial blood sampling measurements, and initiation and termination of mechanical ventilatory life support. (CR)
  • RT-131A Principles of Mechanical Ventilation I
    • 2.5 hours lecture
    • Units: 2.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Program: Completion of first year of RT Program and RT-134
    • Description: This course presents the scientific basis for continuous mechanical ventilatory interventions employed in clinical practice of respiratory care with an emphasis on classification, selection, setup, maintenance, complications, adjuncts to and discontinuance of mechanical ventilatory life support. (GR)
  • RT-131B Principles of Mechanical Ventilation II
    • 2.5 hours. lecture
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Program: Completion of semesters 1, 2, and 3 of RT Program
    • This course presents special problems in mechanical ventilation as they apply to specific disease entities and trauma, and emphasizes interpretation of hemodynamics and pulmonary monitoring systems on the patient requiring cardiovascular and respiratory life support. (GR)
  • Students working in the Respiratory Therapy Lab.RT-132 Advanced Laboratory
    • 3 hours lab
    • Units: 1
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of first year of RT Program and RT-134.
    • Corequisite: RT-130A unless already completed
    • Description: This course provides laboratory practice of advanced respiratory therapy skills, including establishment, stabilization, maintenance and discontinuance of endotracheal and tracheotomy tubes; arterial blood sampling techniques; radiographic and electrocardiogram interpretation; and invasive and non-invasive monitoring. (CR)
  • RT-133 Mechanical Ventilation Laboratory
    • 4.5 hours lab
    • Units: 1.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of first year of RT Program and RT-134
    • Corequisite: RT-131A unless already completed
    • Description: This course provides laboratory practice of advanced level therapist skills related to the application of mechanical ventilation including ventilator readiness, circuit changes, maintenance, and adjunctive procedures.
  • RT-134 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
    • 1 hours lecture
    • Units: 1
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of first 2 semesters of RT Program and BIOL-104, 106, or 107, PHYS-103 or equivalent
    • Description: This course addresses fetal development and special problems in the adaptation of respiratory care procedures and techniques to the needs of the neonate and developing child. (GR)
  • RT-134L Clinical Practicum in Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care
    • 4.5 hours lab
    • Units: 1.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of first 2 semesters of RT Program
    • Description: This course offers clinical application of respiratory care procedures and techniques to the needs of the premature ill neonate and developing child. (CR)
  • RT-135 Computer Simulation for Respiratory Care
    • 1.5 hours lab
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semester 1, 2, and 3, of RT Program
    • Corequisite: RT-130B 131B, and 136 unless already completed
    • Description: This course prepares students for the Respiratory Care National Board Clinical Simulation Examination which requires specialized knowledge in solving patient management problems written in a branching logic format. Students will practice basic computer skills involving data entry and retrieval. (GR) (first time), (CR) (subsequent enrollment).
  • RT-136 Critical Care Clinical Practice
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semesters 1,2, and 3 of RT Program
    • Corequisite: RT-130B and 131B unless already completed
    • Description: This is a supervised clinical experience course at area hospitals. Advanced level respiratory care skills including cardiopulmonary assessment, management, evaluation, and decision-making processes involved in the care of the ICU patient are emphasized. The student in this course practices as a member of the hospital health care team. (CR)
  • RT-137 Home Respiratory Care and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • 0.5 hours lecture
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semesters I and 2 of RT Program
    • Description: This course provides an overview of the respiratory therapist's involvement in the home care industry and rehabilitation of the patient coping with chronic cardiopulmonary disease. Decision making, formulation of care plan, and patient teaching are emphasized in this course. (GR)
  • RT-138 Specialty Rotations in Respiratory Care
    • 1.5 hours lab
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semesters 1, 2, and 3 of RT Program
    • Description: This is a supervised clinical experience course at area home care establishments, local hospitals, and pulmonary physicians' office. Students will have the opportunity to select experiences that match their interests including individual rotations with physicians, participation in ongoing pulmonary rehabilitation programs and visitation of patients receiving respiratory home care. (CR)
  • RT-139 Pulmonary Function Testing
    • 1 hours lecture
    • Units: 1
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semesters 1 and 2 of RT Program
    • Description: This course provides an in-depth survey of various pulmonary laboratory methods to detect the pres-ence and degree of respiratory impairment/disease. (GR)
  • RT-139L Clinical Practice in Pulmonary Function Testing
    • 1.5 hours lab 
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to the RT Program: Completion of semesters 1 and 2 of RT Program
    • Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in RT-139
    • Description: This course provides supervised clinical experience at area hospitals. Various pulmonary laboratory methods for detecting the presence of respiratory impairment/disease are emphasized. (CR)
  • RT-145 Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Basic Life Support (BLS)
    • 0.5 hours lecture
    • Units: 0.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT/RN program; others with space availability
    • Description: This course meets the American Heart Association requirements for basic life support CPR training for health care professionals only (GC)
  • RT-195 Cooperative Education -Vocation
    • 4 hours lecture
    • Units: 4
    • Work experience education for students employed in jobs directly related to a major. Units received are based on hours worked. (GC)
  • RT-365 Supervised Tutoring
    • 10 hours lab
    • Units: 0
    • Prerequisite: Instructor or Counselor referral
    • Description: Individualized tutoring to assist students to develop a learning methodology and skills enhancement in a subject. Not applicable to Associate's Degree. (NG)

Mobility Program

  • RTM-150A Advanced Respiratory Care I
    • 2.5 hours lecture
    • Units: 2.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Mobility program
    • Corequisite: RTM bridge course unless already completed
    • Description: This course provides an introduction to advanced clinical theory, therapeutics and diagnostics in the critical care setting with emphasis on refinement of patient skills, problem-solving ability and development of sound clinical judgement. (GR)
  • RTM-150B Advanced Respiratory Care II
    • 1.5 hours lecture
    • Units: 1.5
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Mobility program
    • Corequisite: RTM bridge course, RTM-150A unless already completed
    • Description: This course presents concepts of advanced respiratory care with emphasis on recognition, interpretation, and treatment of cardiopulmonary anatomical and physiological alterations of the body as a consequence of disease or trauma. (GR)
  • RTM-150L Advanced Laboratory for RCP
    • 3 hours lab
    • Units: 1
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Mobility program
    • Corequisite: RTM bridge course unless already completed
    • This course provides laboratory practice of advanced respiratory therapy skills, including artificial airway care, arterial blood sampling techniques, radiographic and electrocardiogram interpretation, evaluation of chest tube function, and review of ventilator application. (CR)
  • RTM-151A Advanced Ventilator Management
    • 2 hours lecture
    • Units: 2
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Mobility program
    • Corequisite: RTM bridge course unless already completed
    • Description: This course presents the scientific basis for continuous mechanical ventilatory interventions employed in clinical practice of respiratory care with an emphasis on classification, selection, setup, maintenance, complications, adjuncts to and discontinuance of mechanical ventilation. (GR)
  • RTM-151B Advanced Respiratory Pathophysiology
    • 2 hours lecture
    • Units: 2
    • Prerequisite: Admission to RT Mobility program
    • Corequisite: RTM bridge course, RTM-151A unless already completed
    • Description: This course presents special problems in mechanical ventilation as they apply to specific disease entities and trauma, and emphasizes interpretation of hemodynamics and pulmonary monitoring terms on the patient requiring cardiovascular and respiratory life support. (GR)