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Respiratory Care (RSP)
Program Course Descriptions


BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology 1
RSP101 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 1
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 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience 1
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)
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.
RSP131 Respiratory Care Lab1
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: Communication proficiency or PSAT Evidence based Reading and Writing of 550 or above (taken in 2016 or later), or, SAT Evidenced based Reading and Writing of 550 or above (taken in 2016 or later), or ACT English of 22 or above and Mathematics Proficiency and CEAR 49 or above, or PSAT Math 540 or higher or SATM 510 or above (if taken prior to 2016) or SATM 540 or above or ACT 22 or above or High School GPA 2.7 or above or MAT 091 or MAT 002 or MAT 061 or MAT 094 with a C or better or Math Module 8 or above.
This is the first semester of a two-semester course that studies the basic principles of biology. It is designed for those students pursuing a major in the life sciences. This course examines the cellular basis of life from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include the chemistry, structure and function of the cell, genetics, as well as an introduction to genomes, proteomes and bioinformatics. An emphasis will be placed on the relationship between scientific principles and scientific process. Laboratory work enhances lectures and develops laboratory skills. Students pursuing entry into NSCC health profession programs should take BIO101. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and laboratory science electives. (3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab per week)
RSP102 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 2
Pre: RSP101, 111, and 131, MAT091 w/C or better or placement exam score
Presents the principles of medical gas therapy, continuation of patient assessment techniques, ABG interpretation, incentive spirometry and ethical decision making.
RSP112 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience 2
Pre: RSP101, 111 and 131
The clinical correlation to courses RSP102 and RSP132. Students spend 8 hours per week in the hospital learning to apply the principles taught in the didactic and laboratory settings. (120 hours of clinical per semester)
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.
RSP132 Respiratory Care Lab 2
Pre: RSP101, 111, 131 or Program Director's consent
Co: RSP102, 112
Theory and development of skills associated with respiratory care procedures and equipment such as medical gas therapy, therapy, humidity and aerosol therapy, IPPB therapy, pulmonary function testing, and blood gas (ABG) sampling and analysis. (3 hours of lab per week)
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.
RSP201 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 3
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 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience 3
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)
RSP222 Introduction to Respiratory Disease
Presents the description, evaluations, manifestations, pathophysiology, treatments, and prognosis of major respiratory diseases.
RSP231 Respiratory Care Lab 3
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.
RSP202 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 4
Pre: RSP201, 211 and 231
Topics of hemodynamic monitoring, neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, invasive patient assessment procedures, rehabilitation of the pulmonary patient and ethical decision making. (4 hours of lecture per week)
RSP212 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience 4
Pre: RSP201, 211 and 231
The clinical correlation to courses RSP202 and RSP232. 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)
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.
RSP232 Respiratory Care Lab 4
Pre: RSP201, 211 and 231
Theory and development of skills associated with respiratory care procedures and equipment such as pediatric/neonatal care, hemodynamic monitoring, EKG, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Also, job placement skils, resume/cover letter preparation will be discussed. Students will research, prepare, and present a case study and journal articles. (4 lab hours per week)
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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