Respiratory Therapy

76 credit Associate of Applied Science program

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Career Resources: MN Society for Respiratory Care
WI Society for Respiratory Care
American Society for Respiratory Care
National Board for Respiratory Care
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
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Program Description:
Respiratory therapists are health care specialists who work with a variety of patients suffering from cardiopulmonary disorders. Working under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assist in the evaluation, treatment, management, and rehabilitation of these disorders. Patients treated by respiratory therapists range from premature infants to the elderly. Therapists enjoy tremendous opportunity for diversity in their practices. Working in diagnostic labs, hospitals, clinics, home care, and industry; respiratory therapists fill a vital role in our nation's health care system.

The clinical experience is diverse, with opportunities to train in a variety of areas and hospitals in our region. Upon graduation, the student will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy. The graduate is then eligible to sit for the NBRC credentialing exams, which are required for licensure. Upon successful completion of the exams, the graduate will be awarded the credentials of Registered Respiratory Therapist (R.R.T.).

Program Accreditation:
The Respiratory Therapy Program at Lake Superior College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC www.coarc.com).

Program outcomes include:
• Exhibit the ability to discern, implement, and evaluate information required to practice as an entry level Advanced Respiratory Therapist.
• Demonstrate proficiency in technical skill required to practice as an entry level Advanced Respiratory Therapist.
• Exhibit behaviors which are professional in nature and are consistent with employer expectations as an entry level Advanced Respiratory Therapist.

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Required Courses:
Course IDCreditsNameDescription
BIOL11414Human Anatomy and Physiology IIContinued study of body structure and function. Incorporates principles of chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. A study of the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, immune system, respiratory system, urinary system, digestive system, and reproductive systems. For students in health related fields. Helps to fulfill general education lab-science requirements. Includes laboratory dissections. Builds on principles studied in BIOL1140. MTC goal areas: (3) Natural Sciences. (Prerequisites: BIOL1140) (2.5 hrs lec/3 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
BIOL11703MicrobiologyThis course includes study of classification, structure and function of microbes with an emphasis on microbes that cause disease. Topics include microbial metabolism and growth, control of microbes, microbial genetics, and basic laboratory techniques used to study microorganisms. The course is intended for Liberal Arts students and/or students in health fields. MTC Goal areas: (3) Natural Sciences. (Prerequisites: BIOL1120 or BIOL1005 or BIOL1002 or test out; college level reading and writing) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
CHEM11103Aspects of Chemistry IAn introduction to the study of chemistry and its applications requiring a minimum of mathematics. The topics of this course include an introduction to stoichiometry, nomenclature, bonding, gas laws, and acids and bases. This course is intended primarily for those with no or a limited or outdated background in chemistry. MTC goal area: (3) Natural Sciences. (Prerequisites: MATH0460 or MATH1420; a CHEM1110-CHEM1210 sequence may not be taken to meet the laboratory science requirement) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
ENGL11063Composition IFirst semester college-level composition course focusing on writing expository prose using word processing as a tool for composing. Emphasis is on writing as a process, critical reading, developing a voice, and grammar review. Presupposes competency in Standard English. This course is required of all students working toward an AA degree. MTC goal areas: (1) Communication (Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of ENGL0460 and READ0465 with a grade of "C" or better or a score of 85.50 on the CPT Sentence Skills test and a score of 77.50 on the CPT Reading Comprehension test. Students who score below 85.50 on the Sentence Skills Test and 77.50 on the Reading Comprehension test will be required to withdraw from ENGL1106 and register for ENGL0450 or ENGL0460 as indicated by the placement score. Keyboarding skills: proficiency in Microsoft Word or equivalent word processing proficiency. May take a word processing course concurrently with ENGL1106.) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
PSYC11353Lifespan Developmental PsychologyA scientific, theoretical, and personal examination of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development across the life span. MTC goal areas: (5) History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and (7) Human Diversity. (Prerequisites: PSYC1120 highly recommended; college-level reading and writing) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP14051Introduction to Respiratory Therapy ClinicalThis course will introduce and prepare the respiratory therapy student for clinical. (Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in, or completion of, all semester one courses on the RT planner, or instructor consent.) (.5 hr lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP14052Introduction to Respiratory Therapy ClinicalThis course will introduce and prepare the respiratory therapy student for clinical. (Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in, or completion of, all semester one courses on the RT planner, or instructor consent.) (1.5 hr lec/1 hr lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP14104Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and PhysiologyThis course focuses on cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology topics pertinent to the respiratory therapy. (Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in semester one RT courses or instructor's consent) (4 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP14203Principles and Practice of Respiratory Therapy IThis course covers respiratory equipment and theory pertaining to oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, and lung expansion therapy. Respiratory procedures will be performed in the lab setting to confirm competence and prepare the student for direct patient care in clinical. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment or completion of all semester I courses on the RCP planner or instructor's consent) (2 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP14302Assessment of the Pulmonary PatientThis course covers assessment of the cardiopulmonary patient including vital signs, physical assessment, symptoms, and basic lab values. There will be a focus on integrating the assessed outcomes to determine causes. (Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in, or completion of, all semester one courses on the RT planner, or instructor consent.) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP14303Assessment of the Pulmonary PatientThis course covers assessment of the cardiopulmonary patient including vital signs, physical assessment, symptoms, and basic lab values. There will be a focus on integrating the assessed outcomes to determine causes. (Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in, or completion of, all semester one courses on the RT planner, or instructor consent.) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP15204Principles and Practice of Respiratory Therapy IIThis course covers the principles and theory pertaining to bronchial hygiene, airway management, introduction to mechanical ventilation, and arterial blood gas sampling. Respiratory procedures will be performed in the lab setting to confirm competence and to expand the students skills in order to provide advanced direct patient care in clinical. (Prerequisites: Completion of all prior semesters' courses on the RT planner or instructor's consent) (3 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP15304Pathophysiology for Respiratory TherapyThis course covers respiratory diseases with an emphasis on physical assessment. In addition, the course will cover some common non-respiratory conditions. (Prerequisites: Completion of all prior semesters' courses on the RT planner, or instructor consent) (4 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP15603Respiratory Therapy Clinical IThis course will provide the student an opportunity to integrate and practice respiratory therapy theory and laboratory applications in a clinical environment. (Prerequisites: College-level reading, writing, and math and completion of all Semester I courses on the RT planner or instructor's consent) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP16203Pharmacology for Respiratory TherapyThis course covers general pharmacology principles, dose calculations, and methods of administration for drugs commonly given by the respiratory therapist. This course will also cover drugs commonly given to the respiratory patient such as antibiotics, analgesics, cardiovascular agents, and others. (Prerequisites: Completion of all semesters courses on the RT planner, or instructor consent) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP16603Respiratory Therapy Clinical IIThis course will provide the student an opportunity to integrate and practice respiratory care theory and laboratory applications in a clinical environment. (Prerequisites: Completion of all semester one and two courses on the RCP planner, or instructor consent) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/9 hrs OJT)
RESP24105Mechanical VentilationThis course will cover mechanical ventilation indications, physics, complications, management, monitoring, devices, and weaning. There will be discussion of advanced modes of mechanical ventilation. (Prerequisites: Completion of all prior semesters' courses on the RT planner or instructor consent) (4 hrs lec/2 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP24203Adult Critical CareThis course covers invasive hemodynamic monitoring and noninvasive monitoring. Chest tubes, fluid and electrolyte balance, and other critical care content will be covered. (Prerequisites: Completion of all semester one, two, and three courses on the RT planner or instructor's consent) (3 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP24301Special Topics in Respiratory TherapyThis course covers pulmonary rehabilitation and home care as it applies to respiratory therapists and their patients. Other topics that are current to the profession will be discussed in this class. A focus on medical ethics and legal aspects as it pertains to respiratory therapy will be addressed. (Prerequisites: Completion of Semesters I, Semesters II, and Semesters III of the RT planner or instructor consent) (1 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP24302Special Topics in Respiratory TherapyThis course covers pulmonary rehabilitation and home care as it applies to respiratory therapists and their patients. Other topics that are current to the profession will be discussed in this class. A focus on medical ethics and legal aspects as it pertains to respiratory therapy will be addressed. (Prerequisites: Completion of Semesters I, Semesters II, and Semesters III of the RT planner or instructor consent) (2 hr lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP24402Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory TherapyThis course covers developmental anatomy and physiology, neonatal/pediatric diseases, assessment, oxygen therapy, airway care, and mechanical ventilation of the neonatal and pediatric patient. (Prerequisite: Completion of all prior semesters courses on the RT planner, or instructor consent) (2 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP24606Respiratory Therapy Clinical IIIThis course will provide the student an opportunity to integrate and practice respiratory therapy theory and laboratory applications in a clinical environment. (Prerequisites: Completion of all Semester II, II, and III courses on the RT planner or instructor's consent) (0 hrs lec/6 hrs lab/9 hrs OJT)
RESP25103Directed Studies in Respiratory TherapyThis course will review respiratory therapy with emphasis on areas of need for administration of the self assessment exams. The course will cover advanced analysis of clinical data and integration of data into clinical management plans. The course prepares the student for the NBRC, CRTT, and RRT exams they will be taking after graduation for national credentialing. (Prerequisites: Completion of semesters I, II, III, and IV courses on the RT planner or instructor's consent) (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/0 hrs OJT)
RESP25606Respiratory Therapy Clinical IVThis course will provide the student an opportunity to integrate and practice respiratory care theory and laboratory applications in a clinical environment. (Prerequisites: Completion of all prior semesters courses on the RT planner or instructor consent.) (0 hrs lec/0 hrs lab/18 hrs OJT)

Other Course Requirements:
PSYC1120 or SOC1111 may be substituted for PSYC1135


Pre-Program Requirements:
Successful entry into this program requires a specific level of skill in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading. Program entry will depend, in part, on meeting the prerequisites listed below:

English:
• A score of 86 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of ENGL0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, ENGL0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Mathematics:
• A score of 71 or higher on the Elementary Algebra Skills portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of MATH0460 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, MATH0460 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

Reading:
• A score of 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension portion of the CPT, OR
• Completion of READ0465 or its equivalent transfer course or higher with a grade of “C” or better.
• If required, READ0465 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I coursework.

BIOL 1005 Introduction to Cell Biology 1.00
BIOL 1140 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4.00
FYE 1000 Student Success Seminar 1.00
ALTH 1410 Medical Terminology 1.00

You will need a recent physical examination including current immunizations and current Mantoux. Current certification in American Heart Association: BLS Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross: CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer is required for all clinical courses. ALTH1430 will satisfy this requirement for one year. Background study approval is required from the State of Minnesota and/or Wisconsin.