Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
RSPT 200LINTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY THERAPYSummer 2013
2 hours lecture-laboratory.1 Unit


Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: Non-ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: NoneValidation: 12/14/10; 12/3/12

1. Description -
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.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Students are not required to have been admitted to the Respiratory Therapy Program.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Define Respiratory Therapy and the different credentials that may be acquired
  2. Describe the state licensing requirements for respiratory care practitioners
  3. Report the National Board for Respiratory Care Credentialing process
  4. Summarize the demands of the program, both academic and personal
  5. Describe the personal and academic preparation needed to enter the respiratory therapy program
  6. Basics of respiration and ventilation
  7. Demonstrate proper infection control and universal precautions
  8. Perform basic pulmonary function screening
  9. Perform Bag mask valve resuscitation
  10. Correctly insert an oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airway
  11. Know the steps involved in CPR
  12. Differentiate between small volume nebulizers, Inhalers/DPIs and Capsule devices
  13. Distinguish between normal and adventitious lung sounds
  14. Understand the indication for Incentive spirometry devices
  15. Discuss the importance of understanding cultural differences
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Respiratory Therapy laboratory setting. Computer and Internet access to online learning system.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to the field of Respiratory and the credentialing process
    1. Respiratory therapy as a profession
      1. History of Respiratory Therapy
      2. Role of a Respiratory therapist
      3. Work settings
      4. Patient population
      5. Specialties within Respiratory Therapy
    2. NBRC Credentials
      1. CRT
      2. RRT
      3. NPS
      4. AEC
      5. CPFT
      6. RPFT
      7. COPD Certification
      8. Polysomnography
  2. RCB License requirements
    1. Completion of an accredited program in Respiratory Care with a minimum of an AS degree
    2. CRT credential
    3. Livescan fingerprinting background check
    4. DMV Background check
    5. Complete application
    6. Completion of an approved ethics course
    7. Official transcripts which show degree awarded
  3. NBRC Credentialing
    1. CRT Examination
    2. WRRT Examination
    3. Clinical simulation exam
    4. NPS examination
    5. AEC Exam
    6. CPFT Exam
    7. RPFT exam
  4. Program demands
    1. Economic
    2. Rigor
  5. Application process
    1. Prerequisites
    2. Advisories
    3. GE requirements
    4. Point system
    5. Technical standards
  6. Basics of respiration and ventilation
    1. Fundamentals of respiration
    2. Respiratory physiology
    3. Fundamentals of ventilation
    4. Philosophy of ventilation
  7. Infection control and universal precautions
    1. Hand washing
    2. PPE
    3. Isolation procedures
  8. Basic spirometry
    1. Peak flows
    2. FVC maneuvers
  9. Bag mask valve resuscitation
    1. Proper hand placement
    2. Adequate volume assessment
    3. Bag/mask features
  10. NPA and OPA placement
    1. Measures for correct size needed
    2. Indications and contraindications
    3. Proper placement
  11. Basic CPR review
    1. C.A.B.
    2. Rate/depth of compressions
  12. Adjuncts used to deliver Inhaled medications
    1. Small volume nebulizer
    2. MDIs
    3. DPI's
  13. Auscultation of breath sounds
    1. Normal
    2. Crackles
    3. Rhonchi
    4. Wheezes
    5. Stridor
    6. Pleural Rub
    7. other adventitious lung sounds
  14. Incentive spirometry
    1. Indications
    2. Volume vs. flow devices
  15. Cultural competency
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Methods of evaluation may include, but will not be limited to:
  1. Written paper.
  2. Laboratory proficiencies.
  3. Attendance.
  4. Quizzes/exams.
7. Representative Text(s) -
None.

8. Disciplines -
Respiratory Technologies
 
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentation on the topic of Respiratory Therapy as a career.
  2. Lecture and lab presentations and demonstrations of the various treatments and equipment commonly used by Respiratory Therapists.
 
10. Lab Content -
  1. Infection control and universal precautions
    1. Hand washing
    2. PPE
    3. Isolation procedures
  2. Basic spirometry
    1. Peak flows
    2. FVC manuevers
  3. Bag mask valve resuscitation
    1. Proper hand placement
    2. Adequate volume assessment
    3. Bag/mask features
  4. NPA and OPA placement
    1. Measures for correct size needed
    2. Indications and contraindications
    3. Proper placement
  5. Basic CPR review
    1. C.A.B.
    2. Rate/depth of compressions
  6. Adjuncts used to deliver Inhaled medications
    1. Small volume nebulizer
    2. MDIs
    3. DPI's
  7. Auscultation of breath sounds
    1. Normal
    2. Crackles
    3. Rhonchi
    4. Wheezes
    5. Stridor
    6. Pleural Rub
    7. other adventitious lung sounds
  8. Incentive spirometry
    1. Indications
    2. Volume vs. flow devices
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
The students will be given a Research paper assignment on a topic related to Respiratory Therapy.
13. Need/Justification -
This course provides the student with an overview of the field of Respiratory Therapy. This course is intended for those thinking about a career in health care who may be considering Respiratory Therapy.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-05-20 15:03:01


Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines