Course Index

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RCP 210 CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY

A comprehensive study of pulmonary and cardiovascular physiology as it applies to respiratory care. Emphasis is on integrating therapeutic and clinical application of pulmonary function, acid-base balance, neurogenesis and mechanics of ventilation, O2 and CO2 transport, ventilation versus perfusion, and hemodynamic relationships as they relate to acute and chronic diseases.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: All year-one courses Corequisites: RCP 200

RCP 220 RESPIRATORY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICE II

This course is a continuation of RCP 200. Students will complete clinical rotations in therapeutic modalities, surgery, ECG and pediatrics. Students are introduced to the adult intensive care unit and will continue to be evaluated in affective skills. Students will participate in weekly clinical discussions and case study presentations.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 240, RCP 260

RCP 240 PRINCIPLES OF RESPIRATORY CARE

This course is an introduction to basic respiratory care equipment. Theories and procedures will be presented along with a structured laboratory experience to prepare students for those skills required in proper delivery of various basic respiratory therapy modalities, to include aerosol/humidity therapy, oxygen therapy, medical gas therapy, bronchial hygiene, lung expansion therapy and infection control. The student will learn how these modalities are used in the treatment of various cardiopulmonary diseases.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 260

RCP 260 MECHANICAL VENTILATION I

An introduction to the assessment and management of acute and chronic patients who need airway care. Emphasis is upon indications, complications and maintenance of artificial airways and mechanical ventilators. Structured laboratory time is included to apply the theoretical principles of mechanical ventilation.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240

RCP 277 RESPIRATORY CARE BRIDGE COURSE

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have left the NMC Respiratory Care Program for one semester or longer. Emphasis is placed on assessment of theoretical knowledge, laboratory and clinical skills necessary for the student to continue to progress in the Respiratory Care Program. Students may be assigned to a clinical, didactic or laboratory experience. The plan of study will be developed by the Program Director upon completion of a student assessment (this may include, but is not limited to, curriculum review, skills assessment, completion of an Academic Development Plan, etc.). Credit hours will be determined by the amount of work that is necessary for the student to ensure competency at the appropriate level to progress in the program.

  • Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

RCP 280 RESPIRATORY CARE TRANSITION -ASSOCIATE DEGREE LEVEL

This transition course is designed to enable the entry-level respiratory care practitioner to achieve advanced placement. Emphasis is upon assessment of theoretical knowledge and laboratory and clinical skills necessary for advanced placement in the respiratory care program

RCP 300 RESPIRATORY CARE CLINICAL PRACTICE III

This course is a continuation of RCP 220. Students will complete clinical rotations in diagnostic procedures/monitoring, advanced assessment skills, pulmonary function, adult intensive care and pediatric/neonatal intensive care. Students will participate in weekly clinical discussions and case study presentations and will continue to be evaluated for affective skills.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, SCI 260, RCP 350, Corequisites: RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 310 MECHANICAL VENTILATION II

This course is a continuation of RCP 260. Emphasis is upon the relationship of specific pathophysiologies and the indications, management and discontinuation of mechanical ventilation. Specific ventilators and their clinical applications are presented and required skills are developed in structured laboratory time.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240, SCI 260, RCP 260 RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 330, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 330 CARDIOPULMONARY DIAGNOSTICS & MONITORING

An introduction to the more crucial diagnostic procedures required for assessing and monitoring the pulmonary patient. Emphasis is upon arterial blood gas analysis, pulmonary function studies and hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation and nutritional assessment.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 260, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, and RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 340, RCP 360

RCP 320 HEALTH EDUCATION

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate health-related information among groups and individuals. Topics covered include adult learning styles, strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles, the importance of providing applicable health information, mechanisms used for distribution of information and methods for discussing the relationship between diseases and health behaviors.

  • Credits: 3.0