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Respiratory Care (RSP)
Program Course Descriptions

BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology 1
RSP126 Respiratory Care Pharmacology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Co: RSP101, RSP111, RSP131
Presents the general principles of pharmacology and action of the major drug groups that Respiratory Therapists should be familiar with. In addition, the anatomy and drugs, including the effect on the body as an integrated physiology of the autonomic nervous system and its role in drug action will be covered. Drugs will be studied as groups and individually for site and mechanism of action, indications, contraindications, side effects, and routes of administration. Dosage calculations will be included for drugs given via inhalational route.
RSP101/102 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 1 & 2
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Introduction to the Respiratory Care Program and the profession of respiratory care. Instruction in cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, therapeutic modalities, ethical decision making and introduction to respiratory diseases. (4 hours of lecture per week)
RSP111/112 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience 1 & 2
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
The clinical correlation to Courses RSP101 and RSP131. Students spend 8 hours per week in the hospital learning to apply the principles introduced in the didactic and laboratory settings. (120 hours of clinical per semester)
RSP131/132 Respiratory Care Lab 1 & 2
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Co: RSP101 and RSP11
Theory and development of skills associated with respiratory care procedures and equipment such as CPR, artificial airways, manual resuscitators, patient assessment, chest physical therapy and related medical terminology. (3 hours of lab per week)
BIO212 Anatomy & Physiology 2
CHE101 Introductory Chemistry 1
Pre: Communications Proficiency and CEAR >= 49 or MAT101 or 091 w/'C' or better or successful completion of Math Module 8
A survey of basic principles of inorganic chemistry designed for students with little or no previous preparation in chemistry. Topics include: atomic and molecular structure, bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, pH, and nuclear chemistry. Laboratory work reinforces lecture concepts and deals primarily with introductory laboratory techniques. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and with CHE102 laboratory science sequence electives. (3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of lab per week)
RSP122 Physiology of Respiratory Care
Pre: RSP101, 111, and 131
A study of the physiology associated with current practices of respiratory and related care procedures and techniques.
BEH-ELECTIVE Behavioral Science Elective(s)
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
RSP222 Introduction to Respiratory Disease
Presents the description, evaluations, manifestations, pathophysiology, treatments, and prognosis of major respiratory diseases.
RSP201/202 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 3 & 4
Pre: RSP102, 112 and 132
Principles of mechanical ventilators and management of the ventilated patient and continuation of positive pressure therapies and ethical decision making. (4 hours of lecture per week)
RSP211/212 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience 3 & 4
Pre: RSP102, 112 and 132
The clinical correlation to courses RSP201 and RSP231. Students spend 16 hours per week in the hospital learning to apply the principles studied in the didactic and laboratory settings. (240 hours of clinical per semester)
RSP231/232 Respiratory Care Lab 3 & 4
Pre: RSP102, 112, 132 or Program Director's consent
Theory and development of skills associated with respiratory care procedures and equipment such as airway management, noninvasive positive pressure ventilation, IPPB and mechanical ventilators. (4 lab hours per week)
BIO214 Microbiology
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
RSP215 Contemporary Topics in Respiratory Care
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies; RSP201, 211, 231
Co: RSP202, 212, 232
This course will examine contemporary issues and trends in Respiratory Care practice as well as prepare the student for entry into the profession and the licensure process. Topics will include, but not be limited to: disaster planning, alternative site practice, and clinical simulations. Instruction and practice will also be provided in the necessary techniques to take the advanced level National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) examinations.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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