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RSPT 50A RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROCEDURES4.5 Units
Basic hospital and respiratory therapy procedures. Vital signs, compressed gas equipment, oxygen therapy, medical asepsis, bedside pulmonary function testing, disaster and emergency procedures, back safety. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Advisory: Eligibility for ESLL 26 or ENGL 1A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 5 hours laboratory (96 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 50B INTRODUCTION TO PROCEDURES & HOSPITAL ORIENTATION6 Units
Introduction to hospital and patient care, administration of hyperinflation therapy, airway pharmacology, bronchial hygiene therapy with chest physiotherapy techniques, introduction to non-invasive ventilation, basic and advanced airway care, infection control procedures of equipment, nutrition assessment. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: RSPT 50A & 54; CPR certification (Health Provider C).
Advisory: RSPT 51A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 6.5 hours laboratory, 4 hours clinic. (162 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 50C THERAPEUTICS & INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL VENTILATION4.5 Units
Practice of skills in the clinic setting. Topics to be covered include respiratory failure, introduction to invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: RSPT 50B and 53A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory, 10 hours clinic, 1.5 hours lecture-laboratory. (186 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 51A INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY2 Units
Anatomy of the respiratory system, ventilation, diffusion of pulmonary gases, circulatory system, and oxygen transport. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 51B RESPIRATORY PHYSIOLOGY3 Units
Respiratory physiology, including normal and altered lung physiology. Ventilation-perfusion relationships. Control of ventilation, renal, aging, exercise, altitude, and high pressure effects on physiology. Arterial blood gas interpretation and acid-base physiology. This course is intended for students accepted and currently enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 51A or equivalent.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 51C PATIENT ASSESSMENT & PULMONARY DISEASE4.5 Units
Physiological approach to the etiology, management, and prognosis of the various respiratory diseases. Utilization of physical examination, chest X-ray and basic clinical laboratory tests in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary disease. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: BIOL 41.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory, .5 hour lecture-laboratory. (66 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 52 APPLIED SCIENCE FOR RESPIRATORY THERAPY3 Units
Basic mathematics and science principles applicable to Respiratory Therapy. Includes algebra review, metric system, behavior of matter, forces, and acids and bases. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: CHEM 25 or 30A; MATH 220, or high school chemistry or equivalent; admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 53A INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY THERAPY PHARMACOLOGY2 Units
An in-depth study of drug groups commonly used in the treatment of respiratory diseases. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 53B ADVANCED RESPIRATORY THERAPY PHARMACOLOGY2 Units
An in-depth study of drug groups commonly encountered in intensive respiratory care. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 53A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 54 ORIENTATION TO RESPIRATORY CARE2 Units
Orientation to the Respiratory Therapy Program and health care. Current issues in American medical care, professionalism, death, dying and loss, communication skills, cultural diversity, HIPAA, ethics, legal issues, and patient's rights. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 55A MEDIATED STUDIES IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY I.5 Unit
First in a series of seven media classes paralleling content taught in courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program. Focus on Oxygen equipment, Anatomy and Physiology, vital assessments and decision making. The goal of this course is to develop and strengthen concepts taught in the concurrent lecture and laboratory sessions of the Respiratory Therapy program. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 55B MEDIATED STUDIES IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY II.5 Unit
Second in a series of seven media classes paralleling content taught in courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program. The goal of this course is to develop and strengthen concepts taught in the concurrent lecture and laboratory sessions of the Respiratory Therapy program. Media materials will provide an alternative learning resource for non-traditional students. This course is intended for students currently accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Advisory: This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 55C MEDIATED STUDIES IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY III.5 Unit
Third in a series of seven media classes paralleling content taught in courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program. Focus on Assessments and data evaluation. The goal of this course is to develop and strengthen concepts taught in the concurrent lecture and laboratory sessions of the Respiratory Therapy program. This course is intended for students currently accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Advisory: This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 55D MEDIATED STUDIES IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY IV.5 Unit
Fourth in a series of seven Media instruction and evaluation in topics paralleling content in courses in the Respiratory Therapy program. Content to include Invasive and Non-invasive ventilation strategies and management, Arterial Blood Gases,and Innovative Approaches to the Management of ARDS. The goal of this course is to develop and strengthen concepts taught in the concurrent lecture and laboratory sessions of the Respiratory Therapy program. This course is intended for students currently accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Advisory: This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 55E MEDIATED STUDIES IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY V.5 Unit
Fifth in a series of seven Media instruction and evaluation in topics paralleling content taught in courses in the Respiratory Therapy program. Topics include neonatal and pediatric diseases, ECG and Hemodynamic monitoring. The goal of this course is to develop and strengthen concepts taught in the concurrent lecture and laboratory sessions of the Respiratory Therapy program. Media materials will provide an alternative learning resource for non-traditional students. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Advisory: This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 55F MEDIATED STUDIES IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY VI.5 Unit
Sixth in a series of seven Media instruction and evaluation in topics paralleling content taught in courses in the Respiratory Therapy program. Topics covered include: COPD/Mechanical Ventilation, Head Injury, Acute Congestive Heart Failure,Near Drowning, Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Hypothermia with Cardiac Arrest,COPD/Home Care & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Advisory: This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 55G MEDIATED STUDIES IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY VII.5 Unit
Last in a series of seven Media instruction and evaluation in topics paralleling content taught in courses in the Respiratory Therapy program. Students will take Practice Exams of the National Entry level and Registry examinations. Content will also include Advanced PFT and Basic Spirometry. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Advisory: This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 60A CARDIOLOGY FOR RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS2 Units
Electrocardiogram and rhythm recognition. Invasive and non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring. Cardiac diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Fluid balance. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 60B ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT2 Units
Preparation for Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification. This course is designed for healthcare providers who will be directing or participating in the resuscitation of patients. Students will practice skills involved in the treatment of arrest and peri-arrest patients. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: RSPT 53B and 60A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 60C PULMONARY DIAGNOSTICS3 Units
Course covers selection, performance, and interpretation of tests used to diagnose cardiopulmonary abnormalities. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program
Prerequisite: RSPT 51C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2.5 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory. (54 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 61A ADULT MECHANICAL VENTILATION4 Units
This course is intended to help students develop and enhance the concepts and skills essential to meet the needs of patients placed on invasive and non-invasive ventilation. Overview of modes of ventilation, humidification and medication delivery. Includes laboratory exercises of commonly used ventilators and patient-ventilator simulations. For continuing education purposes, new ventilators and state-of-the-art theories on ventilation will be presented based upon current research. Intended for students enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: RSPT 50C and 51C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture, 3 hours lecture-laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 61B PERINATAL RESPIRATORY CARE3 Units
In depth look at Perinatal Respiratory Care. Examination and assessment of the neonate. Neonatal Respiratory diseases and disorders including treatment and management. Preparation for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program certification. This course is intended for students accepted and currently enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 61C HOME & REHABILITATIVE RESPIRATORY CARE2 Units
Introduction to rehabilitative respiratory care. Discussion of respiratory therapy procedures and equipment used in the treatment of home care patients. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 61D PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE2 Units
In depth look at Pediatric respiratory care. Examination and assessment of the pediatric patient. Pediatric Respiratory diseases and disorders including treatment and management. Preparation for the pediatric advanced life support certification. This course is intended for students accepted and currently enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 62 MANAGEMENT, RESUME & NATIONAL BOARD EXAMINATION1 Unit
Management and leadership styles. Review of effective communication skills. Current health care economics, job outlook and interviewing skills. Resume, cover letter and thank you letter preparation. Students will be introduced to the NBRC Entry and Registry level detailed content outlines. Licensure and Exam applications and procedure for applying. Students will need to complete a self evaluation paper that lists areas they need to focus on. Students take the National Board for Respiratory Care Mock Entry-Level Examination. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 63A ADVANCED PATHOPHYSIOLOGY & PATIENT MANAGEMENT3 Units
The assessment and treatment of patients with Cardiopulmonary Disease. This course is structured to help build higher order critical thinking and problem solving skills. Through the use of case studies and clinical simulations students will learn to place emphasis on information gathering and decision making for respiratory care patients. Helpful for NBRC Clinical Simulation Examination preparation. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61A or Respiratory Care Practitioner status.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
3 hours lecture. (36 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 65 COMPUTER PATIENT SIMULATIONS.5 Unit
Information gathering and decision making in the management of patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 61A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 70A CLINICAL ROTATION I2 Units
Exposure to hospital departments. Clinical application of respiratory therapy procedures. Interpretation of basic diagnostic data and correlation to applied therapies. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: RSPT 50C and 51C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
10 hours laboratory. (120 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 70B CLINICAL ROTATION II6 Units
Continuation of RSPT 70A with performance of more advanced respiratory therapy techniques. Interpretation of increasing amounts of clinical data and a correlation to applied therapies. Participation in cardiopulmonary resuscitations. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: RSPT 61A and 70A.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
30 hours laboratory. (360 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 70C CLINICAL ROTATION III6 Units
Continuation of RSPT 70B. Clinical application of theory relating to monitoring and management of neonate, pediatric, and adult intensive care unit patient. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisites: RSPT 61B and 70B.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
30 hours laboratory. (360 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 70D CLINICAL ROTATION IV6 Units
Continuation of RSPT 70C. Further clinical experience with ventilation and special procedures of surgical, medical, neonatal, and pediatric intensive care, offered as options for remediation. Assignment dependent upon demonstrated student needs. Mini-rotations offered to qualified students, depending on interest. This course is intended for students accepted and enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Prerequisite: RSPT 70C.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
30 hours laboratory. (360 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: CSU
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.
 
RSPT 200L INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY THERAPY1 Unit
Introduction to the career of respiratory therapy. Role of the respiratory therapist, areas of specialization in the field, educational requirements and future outlook. Clinical tasks and skills will also be introduced.
Advisory: Students are not required to have been admitted to the Respiratory Therapy Program.
Repeatability: Not Repeatable.
2 hours lecture-laboratory. (24 hours total per quarter.)
GE Area: Non-GE Applicable
Transferability: None
Not scheduled for the Winter quarter.