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RCP 101 Respiratory Care 1 4 credits

Introduces major concepts of respiratory care, including cardiopulmonary assessment, oxygen therapy, pulmonary function testing, and the therapeutic rationale for these procedures. Laboratory includes hands-on practice of respiratory care procedures and critical thinking skills. Three class hours and two laboratory hours. Prerequisite or concurrent registration in BIO 152/105: Corequisite: RCP LB1.

RCP 103 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy/Physiology 3 credits

Examines the control and function of the cardiopulmonary system and how it relates to other body organ systems. Explores cardiac and pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology in the neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patient. Prerequisite or concurrent registration in BIO 105 or BIO 152.

RCP 108 Medical Terminology for Health Studies 1 Credit

Provides an overview of medical terminology. This includes prefixes, suffixes, word roots, terms, and abbreviations.

RCP 114 Respiratory Care 2 3 credits

Provides rationale and delivery of airway management, bronchial hygiene therapy, hyperinflation therapy, humidity and aerosol medication procedures. Two class hours and two laboratory hours. Prerequisite or Concurrent: BIO 153/BIO106, BIO 201, Prerequisites RCP 101 and RCP 103; Corequisite RCP LB4.

RCP 115 Mechanical Ventilation 1 4 credits

Introduces the principles, effects, and classification of mechanical ventilation. Discusses current theory relative to modes, initiation, monitoring, and graphical interpretation. Four credit hours. Three lecture hours, two and a half lab hours. Prerequisites RCP 101, RCP 103. Prerequisite/Corequisite BIO 153/BIO 106, BIO 201.

RCP 116 Mechanical Ventilation 2 2 credits

A continuation of RCP 115. Discusses current theory in the management of a patient on mechanical ventilation, weaning from life support, and home care ventilation issues. Case studies involving all aspects of RCP 115 and RCP 116 in the management of multiple disease states and trauma care. Two credit hours. One lecture hour, two and a half lab hours. Prerequisite RCP 114 and RCP 115 with a grade of 'C' or better.

RCP 117 Respiratory Pharmacology 1 credit

Introduces general and specific respiratory pharmacological principles, including drug calculations, the autonomic nervous system, and delivery methods. Explores drugs used in the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other pulmonary disorders. Prerequisite: RCP 114 and RCP 115 with a grade of 'C' or better.

RCP 118 Clinical Practice I 1 credit

Opportunity to practice cardiopulmonary assessments, respiratory care procedures, critical thinking, and professionalism in a supervised clinical rotation at an area hospital. 128 clinical hours. Prerequisite RCP114 and RCP 115.

RCP 202 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 2 credits

Introduces general pharmacological principles and management relative to the cardiopulmonary system. Includes management and treatment of specific cardiopulmonary disorders and drugs used in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Prerequisite: RCP117.

RCP 203 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care 3 credits

Explores neonatal and pediatric respiratory care beginning with the developmental changes in utero, the transition at birth, and the continuing development thereafter. Examines the risks and problems associated with these developments and the procedures and rationales for delivering the appropriate respiratory care. Reviews specific neonatal and pediatric disease states, and their treatment relative to respiratory care. Prerequisite: RCP116, RCP 117, and RCP 118.

RCP 204 Cardiopulmonary Disease 2 credits

Examines categories of pulmonary diseases including etiology, detection, management, treatment, and prognosis. Prerequisite: RCP114 and RCP 116.

RCP 209 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 3 credits

Introduces equipment used to monitor patients and diagnose cardiopulmonary diseases. Interprets clinical information obtained from pulmonary function testing, electrocardiography, and hemodynamics. Prerequisite: RCP114 and RCP 116.

RCP 210 Clinical Practice 2 3 credits

Provides respiratory care clinical experiences at specialty sites such as hospital operating rooms, sleep medicine clinics, and pulmonary function testing areas. Applies cardiopulmonary assessment, critical thinking and respiratory care knowledge to adult patients. Requires demonstration of knowledge by completing a mock certification exam. Supervised respiratory care at adult critical care rotation sites (384 hours required). Prerequisite: RCP118.

RCP 216 Clinical Practice 3 3 credits

Provides respiratory care clinical experiences in home care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, neonatal/pediatric intensive care, pulmonary rehabilitation, long-term care and adult critical care sites. Fine-tunes cardiopulmonary assessment skills by applying four academic terms of respiratory care knowledge to patient care. Specialized supervised respiratory care rotations (384 hours required). Prerequisite: RCP210.

RCP 218 Respiratory Care 3 2 credits

Reinforces the total respiratory education through the use of prior national board exam questions in an interactive format. Introduces teaching skills through preparation and presentation of a classroom lecture. Requires demonstration of knowledge by completing a mock registry exam. Prerequisite: RCP 210.

RCP 219 Introduction to Sleep Medicine 3 credits

An overview of the sleep disorders most commonly seen in the polysomnography laboratory. Discusses the causes and symptoms of each and presents specific features which will be seen in the polysomnogram and multiple sleep latency test. Stresses the importance of obtaining an accurate assessment, including an in depth patient history, and pertinent clinical data by way of the polysomnography test. Also presents the clinical differences in these disorders among pediatric and adult patients.

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