Course Index

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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

RCP 340 NEONATAL & PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE

This course is a comprehensive review of fetal development, physiology and pathophysiology of the newborn, premature infant and the pediatric patient. Applications of various respiratory care modalities are correlated to these varied pathologies.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 260, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 360

RCP 350 PULMONARY REHABILITATION & HOME CARE

This course is a presentation of the methods of care and support for the patient with pulmonary disability. Emphasis is on the teaching of home care therapy, chronic care units, unique equipment needs, review of home care companies and services provided, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, special problems encountered and the various therapeutic techniques applied to the chronic pulmonary patient.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites: RCP 200, RCP 210 Corequisites: RCP 220, RCP 240

RCP 355 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND RISK FACTORS

This course will concentrate on human population and the need to control factors that are harmful to human life. The course will emphasize methods of controlling communicable diseases, wastewater treatment, solid waste management, insect & rodent control, radiation control and environmental health hazards. Particular emphasis will be place on environmental factors related to respiratory conditions such as asthma, lung cancer, and emphysema. The course concludes with the human impact on resources and ecosystems, management of pollution, as well as decision making regarding the positive and negative effects of the choices a person makes that affect personal health.
  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 360 ISSUES & TRENDS IN RESPIRATORY CARE

Current issues and trends in respiratory care will be investigated and discussed in this course. In addition, students will explore issues in cultural diversity, political advocacy and managed care as it relates to health care.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 260, RCP 220, RCP 240, RCP 260, RCP 350 Corequisites: RCP 300, RCP 310, RCP 330, RCP 340

RCP 375 PROGRAM PLANNING & DESIGN

This course will focus on a variety of program design models based on assessed needs, with special attention to the utilization criteria and predicted impact of each. Health promotion program planning in the three areas of exercise/ physical activity, stress management and healthy eating/weight management will be emphasized. Culturally competent programming will be addressed through the development and selection of appropriate materials and educational strategies. Techniques related to writing and implementing a business plan that unifies corporate and individual goals will be practiced.

  • Credits: 3.0

RCP 380 NEEDS ASSESSMENT

This course will present the theory, structure, and instrumentation for assessing the health and development needs of an individual, organization, agency, or other community population. The course examines models/tools that serve as guides for planning, conducting and reporting a comprehensive needs assessment within the context of whole-person, whole-organization health promotion. In this course, students will identify priority health promotion issues(s) for a specific target population and recommendations for future planning.

  • Credits: 3.0