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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.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Respiratory Care
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: BIO 1107 


  • Compare and contrast the diffusion and transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide and the balance of each in ventilation-perfusion relationships.
  • Explain the mechanisms and components of normal and abnormal ventilation patterns and apply respiratory care calculations to identify disease entities.
  • Describe the anatomy of the respiratory, cardiovascular, and renal systems and discuss the physiological interactions of the three systems.
  • Describe the interactions of the mechanisms involved in the control of ventilation, perfusion, and renal function.
  • Identify common infectious microorganisms and apply appropriate infection control methods.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in interpretation of arterial blood gases and discuss common causes of the identified acid-base imbalances.
  • Discuss the physiological changes to the cardiopulmonary system in response to aging, exercise, smoking, ascent to high altitude, and high pressure environments.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 4