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Dee Arkell

Brief Course Descriptions

First Year

First Quarter

RT 112 - Pharmacology and Medical Terminology I (1 cr.)
First in a series of three courses on pharmacology and medical terminology. General pharmacological principles, drug classification, computations, routes of delivery and respiratory medications are covered. Word construction, definitions and use of terms related to medical science, hospital service and the allied health specialties.

Third Quarter

RT 133 - Pharmacology and Medical Terminology II (3 cr.)
Second in a series of three courses on cardiopulmonary pharmacology, dealing with principles of mucolytics, antiasthmatics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatory agents, and surface-active and special applications. The medical terminology portion will include laboratory assessment values associated with the cardiopulmonary system. A written report on a specific drug is required.

RT 134 - Respiratory Care Clinical I, one section (1 cr.)
Introductory clinical course that will allow the student to observe the role of the respiratory care practitioner in the acute care environment while applying didactic and psychomotor skills at the bedside during administration of fundamental respiratory care skills.

RT 140 - Respiratory Care Fundamentals IV (2 cr.)
Fourth in a series of respiratory care fundamentals covering the psychosocial stages of development from infant to geriatrics; a foundation describing the unique requirements of the pediatric patient and pediatric disorders and the classification, theory and operation of adult acute care ventilators.

RT 141 - Medical/Surgical Respiratory Care (1 cr.)
An overview of the medical-surgical problems related to respiratory disease, including the etiology, course therapy and prognosis.

RT 142 - Computer Applications for RC (1 cr.)
Fundamental course in the application of microcomputers, patient management and patient simulation scenarios. Basic technical writing applied to report preparation, resume and cover letter.

RT 143 - Respiratory Care Clinical II ( 5 cr.)
A continuation of respiratory care clinical in specific therapeutic techniques, including oxygen and humidity therapy, aerosol therapy, airway management, hyperinflation, and chest physiotherapy with additional exposure to pediatrics, the surgical environment and the infection control process.

Second Year

Fifth Quarter

RT 210 - Critical Care I (6 cr.)
First in a series of critical care courses dealing with all aspects of the adult critically ill patient in need of life support systems, including hemodynamic monitoring, cardiopulmonary assessment, and ventilator management.

RT 211 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support (2 cr.)
Third in a series of cardiopulmonary pharmacology and advanced cardiac life support courses including the principles and techniques of advanced emergency cardiac care.

RT 212 - Respiratory Care Clinical III, one section (5 cr.)
A continuation of respiratory care clinical with emphasis on the critically ill adult patient. Team management skills, maintenance and withdrawal of life support, cardiopulmonary assessment and hemodynamic monitoring.

Sixth Quarter

RT 220 - Critical Care II (5 cr.)
Second in a series of critical care courses dealing with the advanced mechanical ventilator applications and nonconventional approaches to patient management in critical care settings, with an introduction to the subacute and skilled nursing facilities, home care and rural environment. Interviewing skills and job market analysis are included.

RT 221 - Perinatal Respiratory Care (3 cr.)
Pediatric and neonatal respiratory care course dealing with the pathophysiology disease states and assessment of the newborn and pediatric patients, including therapeutic procedures, resuscitation and mechanical ventilation. Literature review leading to written reports and oral discussions of current and advanced developments.

RT 222 - Respiratory Care Clinical IV, one section (4 cr.)
A continuation of respiratory care clinical with the addition of the pediatric and neonatal intensive care settings, and an observation in an alternative site. Planned observation and assistance in patient assessment with pulmonologist and the program's medical director. Seventh Quarter

RT 230 - Current Trends in Respiratory Care (2 cr.)
A student-oriented course exploring current concepts in respiratory care and health care delivery with student presentations and discussions of cardiopulmonary patient case studies involving diagnostic and therapeutic modalities.

RT 231 - Patient Management/Problem Solving (3 cr.)
Application of respiratory care practice and procedures leading to management of patient problem solving. Course will include computer application with clinical simulations based on the entry and advanced national board exams.

RT 232 - Sub-Acute/Rehabilitation Respiratory Care (2 cr.)
Application of the principles of respiratory care to patients being manged in subacute, extended and skilled nursing facilities and rural care and home care environment. Smoking cessation and wellness concepts are shared with the local community.

RT 234 - Respiratory Care Clinical V, one section (5 cr.)
A clinical course providing a transition from student practice to that of a respiratory care practitioner. Added clinical practice in the subacute, home care and optional rural environment.

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