Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
2 hours lecture.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 24 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

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

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 11/6/11

1. Description -
An in-depth study of drug groups commonly used in the treatment of respiratory diseases. Intended for students in the respiratory therapy program.
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: RSPT 50A.
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. calculate drug dosages from prepared-strength liquids.
  2. solve percentage and solution problems.
  3. describe the principles of drug action.
  4. compare and contrast the autonomic effects in the cardiopulmonary system.
  5. describe the mechanism of bronchospasm.
  6. differentiate the pharmacologic effects of sympathomimetic bronchodilators, parasympatholytics, xanthine bronchodilators, mucus-controlling agents, surface-active agents, cold and cough agents, corticosteroids, and mediator antagonists.
  7. based upon patients condition, select the appropriate respiratory pharmacologic agent.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. drug dosage calculations
    1. concentrations
    2. volumes
    3. nebulization duration
  2. percentage and solution problems.
    1. by body weight
    2. by duration
    3. for reconstituted drugs
  3. principles of drug action.
    1. general principles
    2. principles related to respiratory therapy drugs, especially nebulized drugs
  4. autonomic effects in the cardiopulmonary system.
    1. sympathetic nervous system
    2. parasympathetic nervous system
  5. the mechanism of bronchospasm.
    1. constriction of the smooth bronchial muscles
    2. airway inflammation
  6. Bronchodilators and specialized agents
    1. sympathomimetics
    2. parasympatholytics
    3. xanthines
    4. mucus controlling agents
    5. surface active agents
    6. cold and cough agents
    7. corticosteroids
    8. mediator antagonists
  7. selection of the appropriate respiratory pharmacologic agent.
    1. rescue drugs
    2. maintenance drugs
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes.
  2. Final examination.
  3. Problem solving exercises.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Rau, Joseph L., Jr., Respiratory Care Pharmacology, 8th ed., Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 2011. ISBN: 978-0323075282

8. Disciplines -
Respiratory Therapy
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. written quizzes
  2. midterm; and
  3. final examination
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
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 -
Assigned reading from textbook, approximately one chapter per week.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.S. degree in Respiratory Therapy.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-11 11:48:53

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines