Respiratory Therapy (RESP)

RESP-120 6 Units Respiratory Care Theory I

108 hours lecture; 108 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of CHEM-110, BIOL-218, BIOL-219, BIOL-220, and MATH-94 with a minimum grade of C.

Recommended Preparation: Completion of HEOC-171 and PHYS-110 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive instruction in the theoretical foundations of respiratory care. The course will cover the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system, the mechanics of breathing, and acid-base balance.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-130 4 Units Respiratory Care Laboratory I

54 hours lecture; 54 hours lab; 108 hours total

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in RESP-120.

This course covers basic patient assessment, oxygen therapy, bronchial hygiene techniques, and arterial blood gas punctures. Students' knowledge and technical skills will be developed through integrated laboratory work.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-140 1.5 Units Preparation for Clinical

54 hours activity; 54 hours total

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in RESP-120 and RESP-130.

This course prepares the student for entrance into the clinical portion of the Respiratory Care program. The course will cover patient and practitioner safety, infection control, and legal and ethical issues.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-150 3 Units Respiratory Care Theory II

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-130 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive instruction in the treatment of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. The course will cover advanced techniques in patient assessment, pulmonary diseases, and beginning concepts of the coronary system.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-160 3 Units Respiratory Care Pharmacology

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-130 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive instruction in the pharmacology of respiratory care. The course will cover medication calculations, inhaled bronchodilators, steroids and aerosolized antimicrobials.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-170 2.5 Units Respiratory Care Clinical I

144 hours lab; 144 hours total

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in RESP-150 and RESP-160.

Students will receive supervised clinical experience in the care of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. The course will cover the practical application of theory and techniques. Students will work primarily in the non-critical care areas of the hospital.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-175 1.5 Units Resp Care Laboratory II

54 hours activity; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-120 with a minimum grade of C.

The course will cover airway management, positive pressure ventilation, non-invasive ventilation, Introduction to mechanical ventilation and beginning critical care concepts.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-185 2.5 Units Respiratory Care Clinical II

135 hours lab; 135 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-170 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive respiratory therapy supervised clinical experience. Students are transitioning from the first year basic clinical experience to the advanced critical care clinical experience. It will prepare them for the critical care rotations in the second year.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-200 2 Units Respiratory Care Theory III

36 hours lecture; 36 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-185 with a minimum grade of C.

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in RESP-211, RESP-210, and RESP-250.

The students will receive instruction in selected topics in respiratory care. The course will cover advanced pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, home care, and gerontology.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-210 4 Units Principles & Applications of Mechanical Ventilation/Lab

54 hours lecture; 54 hours lab; 108 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-185 with a minimum grade of C.

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in RESP-220 and RESP-250.

Students will receive instruction in the care and treatment of the acutely ill cardiopulmonary patient. The course will cover management of patients requiring ventilatory support, intubation avoidance strategies, and hazards of positive pressure ventilation. This course's laboratory work will develop the student's knowledge and technical skills in adult, pediatric, and neonatal mechanical ventilation. The course lab will cover application and management of state-of-the-ventilators.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-220 4 Units Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care

54 hours lecture; 36 hours activity; 90 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-185 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive instruction in neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. The course will cover fetal lung development, circulatory changes in the newborn, and neonatal and pediatric diseases and treatment. Course will include curriculum leading to professional certifications.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-230 1 Unit Respiratory Care Topics I

18 hours lecture; 18 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-185 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive instruction in advanced concepts in respiratory care. The course will cover acute respiratory failure, chest x-ray interpretation, and specialty areas within the respiratory care profession.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-250 5 Units Respiratory Care Clinical IV

288 hours lab; 288 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-185 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive supervised clinical experience in the care of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. The course will cover the practical application of theory and techniques. Students will work primarily in the adult critical care areas of the hospital.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-260 1.5 Units Respiratory Care Theory IV

18 hours lecture; 36 hours lab; 54 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-200, RESP-210, and RESP-250 with a minimum grade of C.

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in RESP-290.

Students will receive instruction in the monitoring and care of the acutely ill cardiopulmonary patient. The course will cover coronary care, electrocardiogram analysis, and hemodynamic monitoring.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-270 1 Unit Advanced Respiratory Care Laboratory

46 hours lab; 46 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-211 with a minimum grade of C.

The integrated laboratory work will develop the student's knowledge and technical skills in advanced mechanical ventilation techniques. The course will cover advanced application and management of state-of-the-art and high frequency ventilators.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-280 2 Units Respiratory Care Topics II

38 hours lecture; 38 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-200 with a minimum grade of C.

The students will receive instruction by guest lecturers. The course will cover acute respiratory distress syndrome, sepsis and advanced therapeutic procedures. Students will research and present patient case studies.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-290 4 Units Respiratory Care Clinical VI

224 hours lab; 224 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-250 with a minimum grade of C.

Students will receive supervised clinical experience in the care of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. The course will cover the practical application of theory and techniques. Students will work primarily in adult, neonatal, and pediatric critical care areas of the hospital.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-290B 1 Unit Computer Simulations in Respiratory Care

42 hours activity; 42 hours total

Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in RESP-290.

This course prepares students for the National Board for Respiratory Care's Registry Examination, which requires specialized knowledge in solving patient management problems in a branching logic format. Students will practice with web-based clinical simulations, identify their strengths and weaknesses, and develop a study plan to prepare for this exam.

Transfers to CSU only

RESP-292 2.5 Units Respiratory Care Preceptorship

128 hours lab; 128 hours total

Prerequisite: Completion of RESP-260 and RESP-290 with a minimum grade of C.

This course will provide a clinical environment for the student to integrate knowledge, skills, and work ethic. The student will assume increasing responsibilities under the supervision of a preceptor. This course will prepare the student for post-graduate employment.

Transfers to CSU only