Respiratory Care

RET 1100 Introduction to Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care as a profession to include standards of practice, regulating agencies, ethics and legal issues, education and program requirements, communication in health care and areas of clinical focus and employment outlook for a respiratory therapist.
1 Credit Hour

RET 1101 Respiratory Care Fundamentals I

Respiratory care theory, physical assessment, equipment and skill development of procedures required for clinical practice, including vital signs, isolation precautions, body mechanics, respiratory vitals, airway management, oxygen therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, medicinal therapy, bronchoscopy and charting. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.
5 Credit Hours

RET 1102 Lab for Respiratory Care Fundamentals I


0 Credit Hours

RET 1124 Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

Actions, effects, dosages and indications for drug classes commonly used to treat pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.
2 Credit Hours

RET 1125 Respiratory Care Sciences

Advanced study of adult lung, heart and renal anatomy and physiology, including: ventilation, pulmonary mechanics, diffusion, gas transport, cardiac function and pulmonary perfusion, acid-base balance and interpretation, control mechanisms and physiological stressors; microbiology and infection control methods; emphasis on application/integration of respiratory sciences to patient scenarios.
4 Credit Hours

RET 1201 Respiratory Care Fundamentals II

Respiratory care theory, equipment and skill development of procedures required for clinical practice, including fluidics, hyperinflation therapy, Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV), bronchopulmonary hygiene therapy, arterial blood gas puncture and analysis, pulse oximetry, electrocardiographs (ECGs), capnography, home care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and smoking cessation techniques. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.
5 Credit Hours

RET 1202 Lab for Respiratory Care Fundamentals II


0 Credit Hours

RET 1203 Respiratory Care Clinic I

Acquire and evaluate clinical data, initiate prescribed respiratory care treatments, manage life support activities, evaluate and monitor patient responses to therapy and modify the prescribed therapy to achieve the desired therapeutic objectives. Fifteen directed practice hours per week.
3 Credit Hours

RET 1205 Cardiopulmonary Disease Processes

Diseases and disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary systems emphasizing diagnosis, selection and implementation of therapeutic modalities and the role of the respiratory care practitioner in treatment.
3 Credit Hours

RET 1301 Respiratory Care Fundamentals III

Diseases and disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary systems emphasizing diagnosis, selection and implementation of therapeutic modalities and the role of the respiratory care practitioner in treatment.
2 Credit Hours

RET 1303 Respiratory Care Clinic II

Enhance clinical skills by performing prescribed therapy, evaluating clinical data, assessing patient status and observing/performing diagnostic studies, rehabilitation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and patient education in multiple health care settings. Seven practicum hours per week.
1 Credit Hour

RET 2101 Critical Care I

Assessment and treatment of patients in respiratory failure to include the following categories: airway management and emergencies, physiology and treatment of oxygenation/ventilation failure, physiology of lung mechanics, ventilator classification and management, positive pressure ventilation including volume and pressure control ventilation modes, ventilator troubleshooting, weaning from mechanical ventilation, and the application of ventilator graphic interpretation in the management of the mechanically ventilated patient. Four classroom, three lab hours per week.
5 Credit Hours

RET 2102 Lab for Critical Care I

Lab to accompany RET 2101
0 Credit Hours

RET 2103 Respiratory Care Clinic III

Enhance clinical skills by performing prescribed mechanical ventilation within the critical care environment, diagnostic studies and evaluating clinical data on the adult and pediatric patient. Fifteen directed practice hours per week.
3 Credit Hours

RET 2201 Critical Care II

Assessment, management, and treatment of critically-ill patients to include the following categories: Management of neonatal/pediatric mechanical ventilation, advanced modes of ventilation, non-conventional oxygenation and ventilation strategies, diagnostics, special procedures for the respiratory therapist in the critical care setting, critical conditions, nutritional considerations, transport, and home care ventilation/disease management. Three classroom, three lab hours per week.
4 Credit Hours

RET 2202 Lab for Critical Care II

Lab to accompany RET 2201
0 Credit Hours

RET 2203 Respiratory Care Clinic IV

Apply adult, pediatric and neonatal clinical skills, including respiratory care procedures, diagnostics and mechanical ventilation within the critical care environment. Ten directed practice hours per week.
2 Credit Hours

RET 2204 Respiratory Care Clinic V

Summative skills performance to include initiating prescribed respiratory care treatments, managing life-support activities, evaluating patient responses to such therapy and modifying therapy, performing diagnostic studies, rehabilitation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, providing education for in-patient and home care environment, performing mechanical ventilation on adults, pediatrics and neonates and completing a communication skills assessment. Seven practicum hours per week.
1 Credit Hour

RET 2220 Respiratory Care Emergency Preparedness

Advanced resuscitation techniques for the adult and pediatric patient with additional focus on disaster and epidemic preparedness/treatment and transport of the critically ill patient. One classroom, three lab hours per week.
2 Credit Hours

RET 2222 Lab for Respiratory Care Emergency Preparedness


0 Credit Hours

RET 2250 Pediatrics & Neonatology

Development of the fetus, anticipation of high-risk pregnancies and care of the newborn infant, emphasizing neonatal and pediatric physiology and diseases, and pertinent diagnostics.
2 Credit Hours

RET 2297 Special Topics

Varied content offering of special interest to the discipline but not covered within existing courses; may be scheduled in a classroom/seminar setting or in nontraditional format.
0.5 - 9 Credit Hours

RET 2501 Respiratory Care of the Newborn

Orientation to neonatal respiratory care including history, fetal development, stabilization, evidence-based practices, and multi-disciplinary approaches. Includes respiratory devices employed for ongoing support of term and preterm infant.
3 Credit Hours