Respiratory Care Course Descriptions

RCP 110 Introduction to Respiratory Care

This course introduces the role of the respiratory care practitioner within interprofessional teams and interacting with diverse populations. Topics include medical gas administration, basic patient assessment, infection control, and medical terminology using proper written and oral communication methods to prepare students for clinical practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy program
Corequisite: RCP 113, RCP 114, and RCP 132
RCP 110 Course Outline


RCP 111 Therapeutics/Diagnostics

This course provides emphasis on therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Topics include applying problem solving strategies in the patient care setting, applying ethical principles in decision making, and practicing professional responsibilities, which will prepare students for clinical practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 4; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: RCP 110, RCP 113, RCP 114, BIO 168
Corequisite: RCP 123, RCP 144
RCP 111 Course Outline


RCP 112 Patient Management

This course provides entry-level skills in respiratory care procedures in acute and non-acute care settings. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic modalities and physiological effects, monitoring mechanical ventilation, and problem-solving strategies based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written and laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: RCP 111, RCP 115, BIO 169
Corequisite: RCP 153, RCP 222
RCP 112 Course Outline


RCP 113 RCP Pharmacology

This course covers the drugs used in the treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasis is placed on the uses, actions, indications, administration, and hazards of pharmacological agents. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence though written evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Restricted to students enrolled in Respiratory Therapy program
Corequisite: RCP 110, RCP 114, RCP 132
RCP 113 Course Outline


RCP 114 C-P Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides a concentrated study of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology essential to the practice of respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology, acid/base balance, and blood gas interpretation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in these concepts through written evaluation.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: RCP 110, RCP 113, RCP 132
RCP 114 Course Outline


RCP 115 C-P Pathophysiology

This course introduces the etiology, pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnoses, prognoses, complications, and management of cardiopulmonary diseases. Emphasis is placed on developing, evaluating, and modifying respiratory care plans based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in cardio-pulmonary disease concepts through written evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 2; Lab, 0; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: RCP 110, RCP 113, RCP 114,BIO 168
Corequisite: RCP 111, RCP 123, RCP 144, BIO 169
RCP 115 Course Outline


RCP 123 Special Practice Lab

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Restricted to students enrolled in Respiratory Therapy program
Corequisite: RCP 111, RCP 115, RCP 144
RCP 123 Course Outline


RCP 132 RCP Clinical Practice I

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 6
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Restricted to students enrolled in Respiratory Therapy program
Corequisite: RCP 110, RCP 113, RCP 114
RCP 132 Course Outline: Not Available


RCP 144 RCP Clinical Practice II

TThis course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 12
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: RCP 110 and RCP 132
Corequisite: RCP 111, RCP 115, RCP 123
RCP 144 Course Outline: Not Available


RCP 153 RCP Clinical Practice III

This course provides entry-level clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 9
Semester Hours Credit: 3
Prerequisite: RCP 111, RCP 144
Corequisite: RCP 112, RCP 222
RCP 153 Course Outline


RCP 210 Critical Care Concepts

This course provides further refinement of acute patient care and underlying pathophysiology. Topics include a continuation in the application and management of mechanical ventilation, assessment underlying pathophysiology, and introduction of critical care monitoring. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in respiratory therapy concepts and procedures through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: RCP 112
Corequisite: RCP 214, RCP 223, RCP 234
RCP 210 Course Outline


RCP 211 Advanced Monitoring/Procedures

This course includes advanced information gathering and decision making for the respiratory care professional using evidence-based respiratory care protocols. Topics include advanced cardiac monitoring, special procedures, respiratory care protocols, and disease management. Upon completion, students should be able to assess, recommend, and independently modify respiratory care protocols through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisite: RCP 210, RCP 214
Corequisite: RCP 215, RCP 245
RCP 211 Course Outline


RCP 214 Neonatal /Pediatric Respiratory Care

This course provides comprehensive coverage of the concepts of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on pathophysiology, patient assessment and special therapeutic needs of neonates and children based on evidence-based medicine protocols and clinical practice guidelines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the neonatal and pediatric respiratory care concepts through written, laboratory and/or clinical simulation evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 1; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 2
Prerequisite:RCP 111, RCP 112
Corequisite: RCP 210, RCP 223, RCP 234
RCP 214 Course Outline


RCP 215 Career Prep - Advanced Level

This course provides an overview of respiratory therapy concepts in preparation for credentialing exam. Emphasis is placed on registry preparation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of respiratory therapy and be prepared for successful completion of the credentialing process.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: RCP 210, RCP 214
Corequisite: RCP 211, RCP 245
RCP 215 Course Outline


RCP 222 Special Practice Lab

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 2; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: RCP 123, RCP 144
Corequisite: RCP 112, RCP 153
RCP 222 Course Outline: Not Available


RCP 223 Special Practice Lab

This course provides additional laboratory learning opportunities in respiratory care. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic procedures and equipment management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through laboratory evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 3; Clinical, 0
Semester Hours Credit: 1
Prerequisite: RCP 153, RCP 222
Corequisite: RCP 210, RCP 214, RCP 234
RCP 223 Course Outline


RCP 234 RCP Clinical Practice IV

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 12
Semester Hours Credit: 4
Prerequisites:RCP 112, RCP 153, RCP 222
Corequisite: RCP 210, RCP 214, RCP 223
RCP 235 Course Outline: Not Available


RCP 245 RCP Clinical Practice V

This course provides advanced practitioner clinical experience. Emphasis is on therapeutic and diagnostic patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in required performance evaluations.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 0; Lab, 0; Clinical, 15
Semester Hours Credit: 5
Prerequisite: RCP 210 and RCP 234
Corequisite: RCP 211, RCP 215
RCP 245 Course Outline: Not Available