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Respiratory Therapist - AAS

Allied Health

Contact: Teresa PAULS (620)665-4928
Contact: David CHASTAIN (620)728-8100
Department Co-Chair: Debbie HACKLER (620)665-4931
Department Co-Chair: Todd SAZAMA (620)665-4939

For course descriptions and course prerequisites, click on the course name.

Some Credit Hours

This degree requires 71 credit hours.


Course Title Credits
AL153 Pharmacology 3

Basic pharmacology for students pursuing allied health professions-basic drugs as related to diseases, effects of drugs on different systems of the body, interaction of drugs, side effects, contraindications and effectiveness in relation to dosages.

BI103 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6

Basic structure and function of the human body. Lecture and lab.
Pre-Reqs: BI100 or BI101 or BI104 or BI105 or BI112 w/Grade of C

HR105 Medical Terminology 3

Elements of medical language including common abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on spelling, pronunciation, correct usage, and meaning relating to body systems, medical science, and medical specialties.

PS100 General Psychology 3

A survey of the fundamental principles of behavior including physiological, perceptual, historical, methodological, learning, memory, development, motivational, emotional, social and applied perspectives.

RT200 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 3

Entry level introduction regarding respiratory therapy history from conception to its current goals and standing, including medical terminology, hospital and respiratory therapy department structure and management, health care delivery systems, psychosocial aspects of patient care and medical ethics. A clinical session (shadowing) will allow the student an orientation rotation at a program clinical site.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT201 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology 3

An in-depth presentation of the cardiac and respiratory systems. Abnormalities and corrective techniques as related to respiratory therapy will be discussed. Concepts and calculations of ventilation, perfusion, diffusion, hemodynamics, oxygen and carbon dioxide transport, acid base balance, and arterial blood gas analysis will be discussed.
Pre-Reqs: RT200 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy, and RT204 Respiratory Care Science, or RT203 Cardiopulmonary Assessment

RT202 Cardiopulmonary Pathology 3

Selected cardiopulmonary diseases, including definition, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic findings, prognosis, prevention, treatment with plan of care, and documentation.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT203 Cardiopulmonary Assessment 3

A systematic approach to cardiopulmonary assessment across the life-span. Evaluation of the respiratory plan of care including physical, lab, and diagnostic findings. Performance within the simulation lab, including: assessment skills, development of a plan of care, arterial blood puncture, acid-base interpretation, and other potential lab findings.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT204 Respiratory Care Science 3

Introduction to mathematical concepts, basic chemistry, basic physics, Venturi principle, theory of humidity and aerosols, and basic microbiology as they apply to respiratory therapy.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT205 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 2

The study of neonatal lung development, gas exchange, circulation, along with neonatal and pediatric examination, assessment, disorders, diseases, therapeutic interventions
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT210 Therapeutic Modalities I 4

Basic principles involved in routine therapeutic modalities by the respiratory therapist; application and selection of proper modalities for various patient situations; introduction to some of the equipment used to deliver therapeutic modalities.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT211 Therapeutic Modalities II 4

Advanced course dealing with concepts of respiratory failure, intervention of high tech mechanical ventilators and use of drug therapy with ventilators. Respiratory care protocols utilized in providing care for the critically ill patient. Indication of mechanical ventilation, classification of mechanical ventilators, physiological effects of positive pressure, modes of ventilation, non-invasive positive pressure ventilation, patient monitoring and assessment, patient weaning, and discontinuation of ventila tor support. Includes special situations and alternative site: Neonatal and pediatric mechanical ventilation.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT212 Therapeutic Modalities III 4

ECG rhythm measurements and interpretation, nontraditional modes of ventilation, waveform interpretation, advanced cardiac electrophysiology, advanced ventilation management, filtration of the kidney, critical care pharmacology, hemodynamics, chest tube placement and function, bronchoscopy, and advanced home care therapies.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT221 Clinical Training I 5

Entry-level simulation laboratory and clinical experience with emphasis on patient assessment, practical application of basic therapies and documentation techniques. General practice skills including aerosol therapy, medications, chest physiotherapies, oxygen therapies, non-invasive monitoring, professionalism, accountability, effective communication within the health care team, assessment of laboratory and diagnostic tests, development and implementation of care plans, and critical thinking.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT222 Clinical Training II 5

Advanced level simulation laboratory and clinical experience with emphasis on patient assessment, practical application of advanced therapies, and documentation techniques as applicable to the respiratory patient in the critical care setting. (180 Clinic hours, 45 lab hours)
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT223 Clinical Training III 6

Provides an opportunity to demonstrate the application of theory into clinical practice related to skills acquired throughout the program with focus on advanced level skills (critical care). Documentation, implementation of the plan of care, intensive care procedures, including newborn and pediatric will be emphasized. Elements of professional behavior will be evaluated within the clinical setting. Includes the development and implementation of care plans/SOAPs, implementation and appropriate use of ther apist driven protocols.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

RT225 Respiratory Therapy Seminar 2

Important aspects of the respiratory therapy profession including professionalism, critical thinking, problem solving and alternative practice areas; preparation for credentialing examination through the NBRC and state licensure.
Pre-Reqs: Respiratory Therapy Acceptance

English Composition I Options 3
Course Title Credits
EN100 English Composition IB 3.00

EN101 English Composition IA 3.00

Respiratory Therapist Math Options 3
Course Title Credits
MA105 Intermediate Algebra 3.00

MA106 College Algebra 3.00

MA109 PreCalculus Mathematics 5.00

SH101 Public Speaking OR SH210 Interpersonal Communication 3
Course Title Credits
SH101 Public Speaking 3.00

SH210 Interpersonal Communication 3.00

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