Respiratory Therapy Courses

Respiratory therapy program classes are listed below. You can also view the curriculum mapping for the entire program.

RES 300 Patient Assessment in Respiratory Care

This course focus is on the concepts of patient assessment, evidence-based practice, and safe patient assessment. Laboratory experiences provide opportunities for the practice of skills of routine patient assessment.

RES 301 Respiratory Care Procedures

This course provides  students the opportunity to understand and practice-based approach in patient care and the use of routine bedside respiratory procedures. Laboratory experience provides opportunities for the practice of skills in the use of routine bedside respiratory procedures for adult patient care. 

RES 302 Medical Therapeutic Gas Therapy

This course focuses on the presentation of the different medical gases used in the care of the respiratory therapy patient, the effect on the body, medical gas safety, and the indication for use in association with respiratory therapy. 

RES 303 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology

This course provides  the opportunity to understand and apply theoretical concepts from knowledge gained in previous courses that form the foundation of care for the respiratory adult or pediatric patient. This course focuses on disorders, diseases, and diagnostics testing involving the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and skeletal muscles as they relate to the care of the respiratory patient. 

RES 304 Clinical Application of Respiratory Care Procedures

This course provides  the opportunity to understand and apply practice-based knowledge gained in previous courses in addition the physics associated with the equipment used in respiratory procedures adding to the foundation of care for the respiratory adult or pediatric patient. Laboratory experiences provide opportunities for the practice of skills in the use of bronchopulmonary hygiene and lung expansion equipment and procedures for adult patient care.

RES 305 Pulmonary Diseases

This course focuses on the pathophysiology  pulmonary diseases and disorders including the prevention, treatment, and the diagnosing of diseases and disorders affecting the respiratory patient. Students will interact in discussions with the Pulmonary Physicians. 

RES 306 Clinical Decision Making I

This course provides the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts from knowledge gained in previous courses that developing the student information gathering and decision-making ability in the care of the adult patient.

RES 307 Clinical Practice I 

This course focuses on the clinical aspects of routine respiratory care allowing the student to have real life experience in the care of respiratory patient. 

RES 308 Advanced Patient Assessment 

This course focuses on the advanced patient assessment in critical care areas including monitoring, advanced life support, and basic hemodynamics across the lifespan of patients. 

RES 400 Respiratory Pharmacology

This course gives the student an overview of medications used to treat pulmonary diseases and disorders along with cardiac and neuromuscular disease. A focus on the medications that can affect the respiratory system such as sedatives, neuromuscular blocker, and analgesics. CHI Health Pharmacy department guest speak during this course.    

RES 401 Pediatric and Neonatal Respiratory Therapy

This course focuses on the fetal development of the newborn, high risk deliveries, advance life support, routine and critical care of the newborn and pediatric patient. Student will discuss the pulmonary diseases, trauma, and pulmonary disorders specific to newborns and pediatric patient.  

RES 402 Ventilator Management 

This course provides the student the opportunity to apply physics and pulmonary diseases and disorders associated with mechanical ventilation. Emphasis on respiratory calculations associated in the initiation, monitoring, and weaning of the patient while on mechanical ventilation. Laboratory experiences provide the student with opportunities for the practice of skills in the use of mechanical ventilator and patient assessment.

RES 403 Respiratory Diagnostic

This course focuses on the diagnostic testing used in the care and treatment of routine and critical care of respiratory patients. Emphasis on hemodynamics, laboratory testing, pulmonary function testing, and arterial blood gases.

RES 404 Clinical Decision Making II

This course provides the opportunity to apply advanced theoretical concepts from knowledge gained in previous courses for the student apply information gathering and decision-making in the care of the adult patient.

RES 406 Clinical Practice II

This course focuses on the clinical aspects of advanced respiratory care allowing the student to have real life experience in the care of the respiratory patient in critical care areas. 

RES 410 Trends in Ventilator Management

The course focuses on dual-control ventilator modes, high-frequency ventilation, and applies previous patient assessment knowledge as it pertains to these ventilation modes. 

RES 411 Professional Standards for Respiratory Therapy Practitioners

In this course the students will analyze current trends and issues within the profession of respiratory therapy. A focus on professionalism to prepare the student for entry into the healthcare workforce. In this course the student will develop interview skills, resume building, create their portfolio, and review interviewing etiquette needed in a competitive job market. This course includes two professional job interviews. 

RES 412 Alternative Aspects of the Respiratory Therapy Profession

This course focuses on different aspects such as sleep medicine, home care, pulmonary rehabilitation, and transport  as it relates to the respiratory patient.  

RES 413 CAP Stone

This course provides the student the opportunity for 

critical thinking in the application and analyses of routine and advanced theoretical concepts from knowledge gained in previous courses to increase their ability in information gathering and decision-making across the lifespan of the patient. This course includes a research project.

RES 414 Clinical Practice III

This course focuses on the clinical practice in the specialty areas of respiratory therapy including routine and advanced respiratory care allowing the student to have real life experience. This course includes an aspect of job shadowing for the student to experience real world work experience with professional healthcare professional in the care of the respiratory patient. 

Prerequisite Courses

We welcome students to enter the Respiratory Therapy Program as a transfer or with a previously obtained Associates or Bachelors Degree in another field. In order to enter the RT program, the following prerequisites must be met:

  • BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 215 Microbiology
  • BUS 217 Principles of Management
  • BUS 244 Management Procedures and Information Processing
  • CHE 103 General Chemistry I
  • CHE 122 Chemistry for the Health Science
  • MTH 140 College Algebra
  • MTH 210 Elementary Statistics
  • PHI 250 Foundations of Moral Decision Making
  • PHY 151 General Physics I
  • PSY 120 Fundamental or Psychology
  • SOC 130 Principles of Sociology