Courses Offered


RPTH 400 PATIENT AND HEALTH CARE CONCERNS (1.5)
Minimum of 24 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Introduction to the field of Respiratory Care; job responsibility and role within the health care team. Discussion of ethical and legal issues that involve Respiratory Care Practitioners. Discussion of aging, death and dying, and information technologies. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 410 INTRODUCTION TO PATIENT CARE AND RESPIRATORY ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES (3)

Minimum of 32 lecture hours and 48 lab hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
The study and practice of basic nursing arts. Also included will be a review of basic science relevant to respiratory therapy and its application to respiratory system assessment. The class will include some hospital practice. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 415 RESPIRATORY PHARMACOLOGY (1.5)
Minimum of 24 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Study of general pharmacology principles, basic terminology, drug action, dosage, adverse reactions, and drug toxicity. Emphasis will include physiologic actions/interactions and cardio-respiratory medication categorization. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 420 APPLICATION OF CARDIOPULMONARY ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Study of the healthy cardiopulmonary system with application to the types of alterations that occur with disease. Emphasis will be applied to areas of particular concern to Respiratory Care Practitioners. When applicable, case histories will be utilized. Computer programs will be used for computations requiring practice. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 430 INTRODUCTION TO RESPIRATORY THERAPEUTICS (6)

Minimum of 64 lecture hours and 96 lab hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Study and laboratory practice of basic respiratory care procedures. Oxygen and aerosol therapy,  alveolar recruitment therapy, airway clearance procedures, advanced airway management, cleaning and care of respiratory therapy equipment, and introduction to ventilation concepts are included. Transfer credit: CSU.

RPTH 438 CLINICAL CLERKSHIP I ' SPRING (1)

(Pass/No Pass.)

Supervised clinical experience in local hospital. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.

Supervised experience in the medical/surgical areas of a local hospital, observing and performing respiratory care procedures to non-critical care patients. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 445 RESPIRATORY DISEASES I (2)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Using the obstructive pulmonary diseases (asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema) as a model, the student will learn disease terminology, disease classification, history taking and physical examination. Also included will be basic radiologic, clinical and pulmonary diagnostics. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 448 CLINICAL CLERKSHIP II – SUMMER (2)
(Pass/No Pass.)

Minimum of 128 hours of supervised clinical experience in local hospitals. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
Supervised experience in the medical/surgical patient care areas of a local hospital. Emphasis is on attaining proficiency in skills performed by a Respiratory Care Practitioner in these areas. Transfer credit: CSU.

RPTH 450 RESPIRATORY DISEASES II (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year Respiratory Therapy program.

Continuation of the study of cardiopulmonary diseases utilizing the model developed in RPTH 445. To include the treatment and pharmacotherapy of selected disorders. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 458 CLINICAL CLERKSHIP III (6)
(Pass/No Pass.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours and 320 hours of supervised clinical experience in local hospitals. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year Respiratory Therapy program.
Supervised experience in the Adult Intensive Care Unit and/or Coronary Care Unit of a local hospital. Emphasis is on attaining proficiency in skills performed by a respiratory care practitioner in these areas. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 460 RESPIRATORY CRITICAL CARE (3)

Minimum of 32 lecture hours and 48 lab hours plus 16 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year Respiratory Therapy program.
Study and practice of techniques necessary to provide respiratory care to patients in adult critical care areas. Emphasis includes advanced airway management; ventilator care; respiratory assessment, monitoring and management; and effective communication. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 475 HEMODYNAMIC MONITORING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN RESPIRATORY CARE (2)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
The application of advanced principles of cardiopulmonary diagnostics and physiology to the care of critically ill patients. The application of the above principles to other body systems. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 480 DIAGNOSTIC TESTING AND OUTPATIENT RESPIRATORY CARE (2)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year Respiratory Therapy program.
By learning concepts in various diagnostic testing studies, the student will be able to identify changes in a patient’s pulmonary status and assist the healthcare team in the outpatient setting to improve the patient’s quality of life. Fundamental aspects of pulmonary function testing, exercise testing, and metabolic studies will be explored. Transfer credit: CSU.

RPTH 484 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR RESPIRATORY THERAPY (2)

Two lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.

A course designed for respiratory therapy students to study and practice the language of medicine. Special attention will be given to body systems and words most encountered in this profession. Offered in an online format. May be repeated for credit a maximum of three times. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 485 CLINICAL MEDICINE SEMINAR (2)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year Respiratory Therapy program.
Integration of pathology, pathophysiology, diagnostic techniques and therapeutic modalities through the utilization of patient case studies. Preparation for job placement. Transfer credit: CSU.

RPTH 488 CLINICAL CLERKSHIP IV (6)
(Pass/No Pass.)

Total of 384 hours of supervised clinical experience in local hospitals. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year Respiratory Therapy program.
Supervised experience in the Adult Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Pulmonary Function Lab, Neonatal/Pediatric Care Units of a local hospital. Also the option of a home care rotation. Emphasis is on attaining proficiency in skills performed by a Respiratory Care Practitioner in these areas. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 490 NEONATAL AND PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE (2.5)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours and 24 lab hours/semester. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.
By applying the normal and abnormal cardiorespiratory anatomy and physiology of the newborn and pediatric patient, the student will master the basic foundation and competent delivery of respiratory care with this age specific population. This course will give the student the necessary background to pursue further studies in this specialized area. Transfer credit: CSU.
RPTH 495 RESPIRATORY CARE BOARD EXAMINATION PREPARATION & REVIEW (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Completion of the first year of a respiratory therapy program or an applicant to the Respiratory Care Board for Respiratory Care.
Preparation and review for the Certification Examination of the California Respiratory Care Board and the Registration Examination offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Transfer credit: CSU.


RPTH 665 SELECTED TOPICS IN RESPIRATORY THERAPY (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 8 lecture hours for each .5 unit.
This course is designed to develop specific skills that are utilized in the practice of respiratory therapy. The course may focus on new areas of practice or specialized skills. Transfer credit: CSU.

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