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Respiratory Care Technology

Respiratory Care Technology

[Dalton Harris, John Shelburne]

Associate

The Respiratory Care Technology Program offers a basic two year associate degree program of study. Students are trained to perform clinical tasks included in the Respiratory Therapist’s job description and in many instances fill staff and supervisory positions in the hospital environment. Students are also trained to perform clinical tasks included in the advanced practitioner job description. These skills include advanced cardiac life support, advanced patient assessment, neonatal/pediatric management, home care/pulmonary rehabilitation and advanced mechanical ventilation and PFT’s.

Students follow a two year course study designed to integrate the study of basic sciences, respiratory care and applied clinical technique as well as advanced respiratory care courses which include specialized clinical rotations. Students are required to complete all course work with a grade of “C” or higher, in order to progress to the next semester. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. After graduation the student will be eligible to take the the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC). After passing this exam, students are then eligible to take the clinical simulation examinations also administered by the NBRC. Once this exam is passed the RRT credential is awarded. The Respiratory Care Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CoARC may be contacted at 1248 Harwood Rd., Bedford, TX 76021-4244; (817) 283-2835 or at www.coarc.com.



Prerequisites

Prerequisites — 11 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
BIO-2514
Anatomy & Physiology I
4

(Prerequisite: ACT composite of 19 or credit in BIO 1534 with a "C" or above.) A combined lecture and laboratory course that covers the anatomical and physiological study of the human body as an integrated whole. The course includes detailed studies of: biological principles; tissues; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture classes. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

BIO-2524
Anatomy & Physiology II
4

(Prerequisite: BIO 2514 with a "C" or above) A combined lecture and laboratory course that includes detailed studies of the anatomy and physiology of human special senses, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems, as well as reproduction and development. Labs associated with this course contain experiments and exercises that reinforce the principles introduced in lecture classes. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

MAT-ELECT
Math Elective
3

Choose from any MAT course 1313 or higher. *Some programs may only require MAT 1233 or higher.



First Year

First Semester — 18 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
RCT-1223
Patient Assessment and Plan
3

Fundamental approach to subjective and objective evaluation, assessment, and care plan formation for the individual needs of the patient. An introduction to cardiopulmonary diseases including etiology, pathophysiology, complications, occurrences, clinical manifestations, treatment, and prevention. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

RCT-1313
Cardio Anatomy & Physiology
3

This course is a study of cardiopulmonary and renal physiology in relation to the practice of respiratory care. Three hours lecture.

RCT-1416
Respiratory Care Technology I
6

This course is a study of respiratory treatments and equipment design and operation related to noncritical care procedures. Two hours lecture and eight hours laboratory.

FINE-ELECT
Fine Arts Elective
3

Choose from any fine arts classes.

Second Semester — 15 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
RCT-1515
Clinical Practice I
5

Patient assessment and care plan formation are presented in the hospital environment. A procedural guide is utilized to evaluate student competencies and performance of respiratory care procedures. Fifteen hours clinical.

RCT-1424
Respiratory Care Technology II
4

This course is a continuation of Respiratory Care Technology I. It is a study of respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and home care. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

RCT-1613
Respiratory Care Pharmacoloy
3

This course is designed to introduce the student to the pharmacology related to cardiopulmonary disorders. Three hours lecture.

RCT-2613
Neonatal/Pediatrics Mgt
3

This course is a study of fetal development and the transition to extrauterine environment. It includes the most common cardiopulmonary birth defects, neonatal, and pediatric disease process, and the mode of treatment. Three hours of lecture.



Summer

Summer — 6 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
RCT-1523
Clinical Practice II
3

In this course, students rotate through various respiratory subspecialty areas for evaluation of competency and performance of respiratory care procedures. Nine hours clinical.

ENG-1113
English Composition I
3

English 1113 prepares the student to think critically and compose texts for academic and professional rhetorical situations. Three hours lecture.



Second Year

First Semester — 18 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
RCT-2334
Cardiopulmonary Pathology
4

This course is a study of the cardiopulmonary pathophysiology. It includes etiology, clincial manifestations, diagnostics, and treatment of various cardiopulmonary diseases. Case studies and/or clinical simulations will be utilized to enforce learning and evaluate progress. Four hours lecture and

RCT-2434
Respiratory Care Tech III
4

A study of respiratory care in the critical care setting. Topics include nonconventional modes of mechanical ventilation, hemodynamics, special procedures, and advanced cardiac life support. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory.

RCT-2534
Clinical Practice III
4

In this course, students rotate through various clinical areas for evaluation of competency and performance of respiratory care procedures. Twelve hours clinical.

SPT-1113
Public Speaking
3

Study and practice in making speeches for a variety of public forums. Major emphasis is placed on effective speech preparation and delivery. Three hours lecture.

CSC-1123
Computer Applications I
3

This course is designed to teach computer applications to include: word processing, electronic spreadsheet, database management, presentation design, and electronic communications. Three hours lecture.

Second Semester — 13 hrs

Course
Title
Hours
Description
RCT-2546
Clinical Practice IV
6

This is a continuation of Clinical Practice III. In this course, students rotate through respiratory care specialty areas. A procedural guide is utilized to evaluate student competency and performance. Eighteen hours clinical.

RCT-2714
Respiratory Care Seminar
4

This course is designed to integrate the essential elements of respiratory care practice through the use of care plans, case studies, and clinical simulations in a laboratory environment. Students develop an analytical approach to problem solving. Critical thinking is emphasized. Two hours lecture and four hours laboratory.

SBA-ELECT
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3

Choose any Social or Behavioral Science course in sociology, psychology, political science, geography, economics, or educational psychology.

Total Hours: 83



 

CIP:510908

Program of Study Code: 8900