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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental theory, procedures, and equipment used in respiratory therapy. Emphasis is placed on understanding application of equipment and procedures to the patient, and the respiratory therapy treatment of patients requiring non-continuous ventilatory assistance. This course introduces such topics as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, bronchopulmonary hygiene, airway care, oxygen therapy, and cleaning and sterilization of equipment. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in RESP 318 and RESP 325. LEC
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The student will learn about adrenergic and parasypatholytic bronchodilators, corticosteroids, mucus-controlling drugs, surfactant agents, antitussives, and the anti-infective drugs used for the treatment of respiratory disorder. LEC
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Content of this course includes neuromuscular blocking agents, cardiac agents, diuretics, anti-hypertensives, and central nervous system drugs. LEC
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A course consisting of lecture and group discussion designed to introduce the student to pulmonary pathology. Special emphasis is placed on the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of pulmonary diseases. This course includes such topics as signs and symptoms of lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, pleural and mycotic diseases. Prerequisite/Corequisite: RESP 303, RESP 325, RESP 330, or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course serves to introduce the beginning respiratory therapy student to the clinical environment. The student spends eight hours per week participating in either a clinically-oriented workshop or observing the application of respiratory therapy theory in the clinical setting. Prerequisite/Corequisite: RESP 303 and RESP 319. FLD
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Designed to introduce the student to the basics of physiology of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. This course contains such topics as regulation of respiration and pH homeostasis, ventilation and perfusion relationships, and hemodynamics of the cardiovascular system. LEC
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This course contains such topics as arterial puncture, classification of mechanical ventilators and adjunct devices, and their application to the patient. Four hours of lecture/discussion and a 3 hour weekly laboratory acquainting the student with the rationale for continuous mechanical ventilation and the basic operation of adult, pediatric and neonatal mechanical ventilators. Emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate equipment and assessment of its effect on the patient. Prerequisite: RESP 303, RESP 318, RESP 325 and RESP 330. LEC
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Designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of critical care concept such as cardiac arrhythmias, fluid and electrolyte abnormalities, and hemodynamic monitoring. These concepts are the basis of understanding problems associated with the critically ill. Prerequisite: RESP 319 and RESP 330. LEC
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This course provides the intermediate respiratory therapy student with opportunities to practice basic respiratory therapy procedures. Emphasis placed on performance of respiratory therapy procedures and application of equipment. This course emphasizes such topics as oxygen therapy, aerosol therapy, incentive spirometry, patient assessment, and IPPB therapy. The student will assume limited patient care responsibilities. Prerequisite: RESP 303, RESP 318, RESP 325, and RESP 330. FLD
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This course provides the respiratory therapy student with an introduction to the critical care setting. The student will begin to apply the procedures and equipment most often utilized in the intensive care areas. Emphasis is placed on continuous mechanical ventilation, artificial airways, airway care, and bedside pulmonary function testing. The student will assume limited patient care responsibility in the critical care areas. Prerequisite: RESP 303, RESP 318, RESP 325, and RESP 330. FLD
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Concepts of critical care in the area of shock and trauma including causes, pathophysiologic changes and treatment will be discussed. Emphasis is placed on understanding the effects of acute trauma on the cardiopulmonary system. Prerequisite: RESP 303, RESP 318, RESP 319 and RESP 330. LEC
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This course provides the advanced respiratory therapy student with opportunities to refine procedural and evaluative skills in the critical care areas. The student will spend a minimum of twenty-four hours per week in the clinical setting. Emphasis is placed upon the students ability to evaluate the patients' clinical situation and recommend appropriate therapy modalities to the clinical supervisor. During this course the student will assume wider-ranging patient care responsibilities. Prerequisite: RESP 355. FLD
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A study of selected medical problems and how they affect the pulmonary system with an emphasis of neuromuscular diseases. The student will understand the etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of such diseases as myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre' syndrome, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The student will also study disorders associated with sleep. Prerequisite: RESP 303, RESP 318, RESP 319, and RESP 330. LEC
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Lecture and laboratory introducing the student to basic pulmonary function procedures. This course allows the student to practice pulmonary function tests and interpret the results. Lecture and laboratory topics include such topics as the measurement of lung volumes and capacities, body plethysmography, blood gas analysis, and flow volume loops. Prerequisite: RESP 318, RESP 325, and RESP 330. LEC
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Study of common neonatal and pediatric disorders/diseases for the beginning respiratory care student. Lectures on basic fetal lung development, assessment of both the pediatric and neonatal patient and disorders/diseases such as respiratory distress syndrome, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, bronchiolitis, epiglottis and croup, and other commonly seen problems. Prerequisite: RESP 303, RESP 318, RESP 319, and RESP 330. LEC
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This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to improve and perfect skills acquired in the junior year clinical courses. Emphasis will be given to refining the students' abilities to assess patient status and administer appropriate therapy modalities. This course may also be used to assess respiratory therapy knowledge and skills of students transferring from other programs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. FLD
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This course focus is on the advanced medical and respiratory care of the critically ill adult patient. Emphasis is placed on cardiopulmonary assessment and treatment of trauma post-surgical, cardiac and renal patients. Students enrolled in this course will concurrently receive instruction in advanced cardiac life-support. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course is designed to provide the student with an introductory knowledge of fetal and newborn cardiorespiratory anatomy, physiology, development, pathophysiology, and care. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course focuses on the interdisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of the adult pulmonary patient. Emphasis will be placed upon the multidisciplinary assessments, treatments, and therapeutic techniques that the pulmonary rehabilitation team provides. The course, in conjunction with a specialty practicum, is designed to prepare the respiratory therapist for practice in a rehabilitation specialty. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of instructor. LEC
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This course will provide a forum for discussion of current ethical, legal and professional issues. We will refer to historical and emerging controversies in health care and society that influence the patient-patient care giver relationship. The method of instruction will primarily be student presentation and classroom discussion of current issues. Prerequisite: Senior year standing. LEC
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This course affords the senior respiratory care student with the opportunity to practice advanced evaluative and procedural skills in the intensive care setting. Emphasis is placed on quantitative assessment techniques, refinement of monitoring procedures, and interpretation of data. Prerequisite: RESP 375 or equivalent. LEC
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This course involves individual study, research or projects in the field of respiratory care under instructor guidance. Written reports and periodic conferences are required. Content and unit credit will be determined by student-instructor conferences and/or departmental conferences. This course may be repeated for a maximum of nine credits. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program and consent of instructor. LEC
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The Introduction to Pharmacology course is intended to provide the student with the background information necessary to practice within the field of Allied Health. The course covers the fundamentals of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. The classification of drugs, the use of drug reference materials, and the mechanisms of therapeutic and adverse responses to drugs will be covered in the course. LEC
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An introduction to basic principles of management and their application in the current health care environment. Course content includes management theory, scope of management, quality issues, budgeting, personnel issues, evaluation and application of management concepts. Cross listed with HEIM 661 and CLS 661. Prerequisite: Senior year standing or permission of the instructor. LEC
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An introduction to basic principles of education and their application in the current health care environment. Information on course content includes: Course design, inservice education and patient education. The focus is on educational needs, instructional media and course quality improvement. LEC
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This course is designed to provide the participant with an introduction to research skills. It will provide respiratory care practitioners with basic skills in understanding the criteria for developing research questions about their daily practice that can only be answered by conducting research. This course also discusses the types of research data and the structure of a research paper. Prerequisite: S LEC
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This course is designed to teach the student how to read, interpret and analyze research reports. Prerequisite: Senior year standing and a course in statistics. LEC
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The student will develop an independent research project with the aid of faculty adviser, and prepare and submit the final project prior to graduation. Prerequisite: Senior year standing and a course in statistics. LEC
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This course involves individual student under instructor guidance. A series of practice exams are taken and discussed including a secured practice registry exam and clinical simulation exam. Prerequisite: Admission to the respiratory care program and consent of instructor. LEC
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This course introduces the basics in sleep medicine and polysomnography to prepare the student to assist in sleep studies. Prerequisite: Senior year standing and consent of instructor. LEC
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Provides the student with a capstone experience in the activities and responsibilities related to clinical processes in one of the specific advanced practice specialties: critical care, neonatal, pediatrics, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function, sleep, hyperbaric oxygen, management or education. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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Designed to give the student the opportunity to develop clinically-related projects in the areas of quality improvement, health care organizational structures and current processes in patient management. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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Designed to have the student demonstrate competency related to clinical processes in one of the specific advanced practice specialties: critical care, neonatal, pediatrics, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function, sleep, hyperbaric oxygen, management or education. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. FLD
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