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Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP)

RCP 110  (3 credit hours)  
Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology  

Provides an in-depth analysis of the respiratory and circulatory systems with emphasis on the interaction of systems in gas exchange and acid-base balance as well as the structure and function of the chest cage, mechanics of breathing and control of respiration. Completion of BIO 137 and ENG 101 with a grade of C or better. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: Completion of MAT 110 OR MAT146 OR MAT 150 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
RCP 120  (4 credit hours)  
Theory and Principles of Respiratory Care  

Presents the principles and techniques of therapeutic procedures used in respiratory care, including an emphasis on medical asepsis, safe handling and administration of medical gases, uses of humidity, aerosol therapy, lung inflation techniques, bronchial hygiene therapy and airway care. Completion of BIO 137 and ENG 101 with a grade of C or better. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours). Laboratory: 1 credit (60 contract hours).

Pre-requisite: Completion of MAT 110 OR MAT146 OR MAT 150 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 121  (1 credit hours)  
Respiratory Care Practice I  

Emphasizes the health care team and the practice and or performance of techniques of basic respiratory care including airway management and bronchial hygiene. Clinical: 1 credit (60 contact hours).

Pre- or co-requisite: RCP 122 with a grade of C or better; Valid Health Care Provider CPR card .
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 122  (4 credit hours)  
Fundamentals of Respiratory Care  

Introduces respiratory care including chest physical assessment, medical gas therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, bronchial hygiene, airway management, medical asepsis and development of the respiratory care plan. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours). Laboratory: 1 credit (60 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: : [(MAT 110 or MAT 146 or MAT 150) BIO 137 and BIO 139) with a grade of C or better] or consent of instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 125  (4 credit hours)  
Cardiopulmonary Evaluation  

Examines cardiopulmonary assessment with in-depth coverage of invasive and non-invasive arterial blood gas interpretation, electrocardiography and assessment of chest and neck imaging. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours). Laboratory: 1 credit (60 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: (RCP 110 and BIO 137 and (MT 110 or MT 145 or MT 150 or equivalent) with a grade of C or better).
Pre- or co-requisite: RCP 110.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 130  (3 credit hours)  
Pharmacology  

Provides an in-depth study of pharmacological agents, their use in the practice of respiratory care for patients with cardiovascular or pulmonary impairment as well as accuracy in drug calculations and delivery. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: (RCP 110 and (MT 110 or MT 145 or MT 150) with a grade of C or better).
Co-requisite: RCP 110 and (MT 110 or MT 145 or MT 150).
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
RCP 135  (1 credit hours)  
Respiratory Pharmacology  

Provides an overview of respiratory pharmacological agents and their use in the clinical practice of a respiratory therapist. Lecture: 1 credit hour (15 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: Admission to the Respiratory Care Program.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
RCP 140  (2 credit hours)  
Cardiopulmonary Assessment  

Emphasizes blood gas analysis, pulmonary function studies, electrocardiography and chest radiography. Lecture: 1.5 credits (22.50 contact hours). Laboratory: 0.5 credit (15 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [(RCP 110 and RCP 122 and RCP 130) with a grade of C or better] or consent of instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 150  (2 credit hours)  
Clinical Practice I  

Provides an opportunity for observation and/or performance of techniques for chest physical assessment, medical gas administration, humidity and aerosol therapy and bronchial hygiene in the assigned clinical setting. Clinical: 2 credits (120 contact hours).

Pre- or co-requisite: RCP 120 with a grade of C or better; Valid Health Care Provider CPR card.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 175  (3 credit hours)  
Clinical Practice II  

Provides an opportunity to participate in the health care team while practicing techniques of respiratory care including airway management and bronchial hygiene in the assigned setting.

Pre-requisite: RCP 150 with a grade of C or better; Clinical: 3 credits (180 contact hours).
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 176  (2 credit hours)  
Respiratory Care Practice II  

Emphasizes participation in the health care team while practicing techniques of basic respiratory care including airway management and bronchial hygiene. ). Clinical: 2 credits (120 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: RCP 110 and RCP 122 and RCP 135 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.
Co-requisite: RCP 140(If taken as a pre-requisite, a grade of C or better is required.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 180  (3 credit hours)  
Ventilatory Support  

Covers the technological and physiological aspects of mechanical ventilation including the theory of operation, classification, and management of the patient ventilator system. Lecture: 2 credits (30 contact hours); Laboratory: 1 credit (60 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: RCP 120 and RCP 150 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 185  (2 credit hours)  
Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation  

Introduces the technological aspects of mechanical ventilation including the theory of operation, classification and patient-ventilator system checks. Lecture: 1.5 credits (22.5 contact hours). Laboratory: 0.5 credit (15 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [(RCP 140 and RCP 176) with a grade of C or better] or consent of instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 190  (2 credit hours)  
Advanced Ventilatory Support  

Addresses advanced concepts in ventilatory support, including physiologic effects, indications, monitoring and management of the patient-ventilator system. Lecture: 1.5 credits (22.5 contact hours); Laboratory: 0.5 credits (30 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: RCP 180 with a C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 195  (4 credit hours)  
Patient-Ventilator System Management  

Addresses advanced concepts in ventilatory support including monitoring and management of the patient-ventilator system. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours). Laboratory: 1 credit (60 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [(RCP 185 and RCP 201) with a grade of C or better] or consent of instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 200  (3 credit hours)  
Clinical Practice III  

Provides practice in adult mechanical ventilation procedures and airway management in the critical care setting and performance of other respiratory care skills. Clinical: 3 credits (180 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: RCP 175 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 201  (2 credit hours)  
Respiratory Care Practice III  

Provides practice in adult mechanical ventilation procedures and airway management in the critical care setting in addition to continued performance of the basic respiratory care skills. Clinical: 2 credits (120 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [(RCP 140 and RCP 176) with a grade of C or better] or Consent of Instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 204  (3 credit hours)  
Emergency & Special Procedures  

Prepares students to participate in advanced emergency life support and special procedures. Lecture: 2.5 credits (37.5 contact hours). Laboratory: 0.5 credit (30 contact hours).

Pre- or co-requisite: RCP 135 and BIO 139 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 210  (3 credit hours)  
Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology  

Addresses the etiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations and management of cardiopulmonary disorders as related to respiratory care including the fundamental microbiological principles and their relation to health and disease. Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [RCP 110 or (RCP 201 and RCP 185) with a grade of C or better] or consent of instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
RCP 212  (3 credit hours)  
Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care  

Provides a study of the special needs of the neonatal and pediatric patient with focus on fetal cardiopulmonary development, evaluation, assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary conditions and diseases of the neonatal and pediatric patient, as well as equipment unique to this population. Lecture: 2.5 credits (37.5 contact hours). Laboratory: 0.5 credits (30 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: (RCP 185 and RCP 201) with a grade of C or better] or Consent of Instructor.
Pre- or co-requisite: RCP 190 with a grade of C or better or Consent of Instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 214  (3 credit hours)  
Advanced Diagnostic Procedures  

Prepares students to assist physician in advanced diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures. Lecture: 2.5 credits (37.50 contact hours). Laboratory: 0.5 credits (30 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: BIO 139 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 225  (3 credit hours)  
Clinical Practice IV  

Provides observation and practice of advanced cardiopulmonary evaluation techniques while improving efficiency in the ventilatory management of patients. Clinical: 3 credits (180 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: RCP 200 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 226  (4 credit hours)  
Respiratory Care Practice IV  

Provides observation and practice in advanced cardiopulmonary evaluation techniques while improving efficiency in the ventilatory management of adult patients. Clinical: 4 credits (240 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [(RCP 176 and RCP 185) with a grade of C or better] or Consent of Instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 228  (2 credit hours)  
Preventive and Long-Term Respiratory Care  

Covers prevention of cardiopulmonary disorders and care of individuals with long term cardiopulmonary disability. Addresses psychosocial and physical needs of clients with emphasis on improving the quality of life and cardiopulmonary reserve. Lecture: 2 credits (30 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [RCP 110 or (RCP 195 and RCP 210 and RCP 212 and RCP 226) with a grade of C or better] or consent of instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture
RCP 240  (3 credit hours)  
Advanced Cardiopulmonary Evaluation  

Addresses cardiopulmonary assessment including hemodynamic monitoring, pulmonary and cardiac exercise/stress testing, advanced cardiac procedures, blood chemistry and fluid and electrolyte balance. Lecture: 2.75 credits (41.25 contact hours). Laboratory: .25 credit (15 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [RCP 195 and RCP 210 and RCP 212,and RCP 226) with a grade of C or better] or consent of instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 245  (2 credit hours)  
Advanced Cardiac Life Support  

Focuses on managing acute cardiovascular emergencies including cardiac arrest, acute myocardial infarction and stroke. Students demonstrating essential knowledge and skills and obtaining 85% or greater on the written exam will receive an American Heart Association ACLS provider card. Lecture: 1.5 credits (22.50 contact hours). Laboratory: 0.5 credit (30 contact hours).

Attributes: Technical
Components: LAB: Laboratory, LEC: Lecture
RCP 250  (3 credit hours)  
Clinical Practice V  

Prepares students to participate in effective and efficient planning, managing and delivering respiratory care to diverse client populations in various settings. Clinical: 3 credits (180 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: RCP 225 with a grade of C or better.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 251  (4 credit hours)  
Respiratory Care Practice V  

Prepares students to plan, manage, and deliver respiratory care to diverse client populations in various settings. Enables students to practice mechanical ventilation techniques and observe/practice techniques of advanced life support. Clinical: 4 credits (240 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [(RCP 195 and RCP 210 and RCP 212 and RCP 226) with a grade of C or better] or Consent of Instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: CLN: Clinical
RCP 260  (1 credit hours)  
Respiratory Care Seminar  

Analyzes material previously studied in the program and prepares students for the National Board for Respiratory Care examination. Addresses job seeking skills. Lecture: 1 credit (15 contact hours).

Pre-requisite: [(RCP 200 and RCP210 and RCP 212 and RCP 225) with a grade of C or better] or Consent of Instructor.
Attributes: Technical
Components: LEC: Lecture