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Effective: Summer 2017

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: BIOL 40A, 40B & 40C; AHS 200 or medical terminology course of 2 units or greater.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • State the structure of the upper and lower airways.
  • Describe the alveolar capillary membrane and gas diffusion.
Description -
Anatomy of the respiratory system, ventilation, diffusion of pulmonary gases, circulatory system, and oxygen transport. Intended for students in the Respiratory Therapy Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. state the structure of the upper airways.
  2. state the structure of the lower airways.
  3. name and locate the bronchopulmonary segments.
  4. describe the mucus blanket.
  5. relate the action of the respiratory muscles to rib, thoracic movement and pleural pressures.
  6. describe the alveolar capillary membrane and gas diffusion.
  7. graph lung volumes and capacities.
  8. diagram the pulmonary, systemic, and bronchial circulation.
  9. locate and name the large arteries and veins in the adult.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Anatomical models
  2. Multimedia classroom

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Upper airways.
    1. oropharynx
    2. nasopharynx
    3. larynx
  2. Lower airways.
    1. trachea
    2. mainstem bronchi
    3. segmental bronchi
    4. terminal bronchioles
    5. respiratory bronchioles
    6. acini and alveoli
  3. Bronchopulmonary segments.
    1. right lung segments
    2. left lung segments
  4. Mucus blanket.
    1. sol layer layer
    2. gel layer
    3. epithelium
    4. goblet cells and mucus glands
  5. Action of the respiratory muscles in relation to rib, thoracic movement and pleural pressures.
    1. during inspiration
    2. during expiration
    3. at rest
  6. Alveolar capillary membrane and gas diffusion.
    1. type 1 cells
    2. type 2 cells
  7. Lung volumes and capacities.
    1. four volumes
    2. four capacities
  8. Pulmonary, systemic, and bronchial circulation.
    1. pulmonary
    2. systemic
    3. bronchial
  9. Large arteries and veins.
    1. arteries
    2. veins
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. written quizzes
  2. midterm
  3. final examination
Representative Text(s) -
Beachey, W. Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations for Clinical Practice. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2012. ISBN: 978-0323078665
Kacmarek, Stoller, and Heur. Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care. 10th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Year Book, Inc., 2012. Book and Workbook. ISBN: 978-0323081924

Disciplines -
Respiratory Technologies
Method of Instruction -
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Assigned reading from textbook, approximately one chapter/week.