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Respiratory Therapy


Associate of Science

Program Length: 26 months

Degree Overview

respiratory therapy program

Respiratory Therapy Program

With a track record of over 30 years, IU is a leader in respiratory therapy distance education. From introductory to advanced levels, we have designed our program to address the licensing and the practical needs of the respiratory therapy (RT) professional. The Respiratory Therapy program combines basic respiratory care courses, research, and practical experience in respiratory patient care. Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) entry-level (CRT) and advanced-level (RRT) credentialing exams.

Students who hold a current NBRC Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) credential will have the prerequisite and introductory block of courses transferred in. Students who hold a current NBRC Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential will have the prerequisite, introductory, and intermediate block of courses transferred in. Students with a current CRT and RRT are also eligible to submit transcripts for possible General Education transfer credit.

CoARC requires IU to secure your clinical site and preceptor for you, and we cannot accept you into the program until we have secured your clinical site and preceptor.

Respiratory Therapy Program Accreditation

The Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy offered at Independence University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835
www.coarc.com

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology I 4.0
BIO 131 Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
BIO 141 Respiratory Therapy Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I 2.0
BIO 142 Respiratory Therapy Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II 2.0
BIO 151 Patient Assessment I 2.0
BIO 152 Patient Assessment II 2.0
BIO 159 Patient Assessment - Clinical Practicum 2.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
MAT 220 College Algebra 4.0
MED 101 Respiratory Therapy Medical Terminology 2.0
PSY 220 Psychology 4.0
RES 101 Introduction to Respiratory Therapy/Infection Control 2.0
RES 111 Airway Management 3.0
RES 121 Medical Gases/Aerosol and Humidity Therapy I 2.0
RES 122 Medical Gases/Aerosol and Humidity Therapy II 2.0
RES 129 Medical Gases/Aerosol and Humidity Therapy - CP 2.0
RES 131 Lung Expansion Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene 3.0
RES 139 Lung Expansion Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene - CP 2.0
RES 141 Arterial Blood Gases/Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology I 2.0
RES 142 Arterial Blood Gases/Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology II 2.0
RES 147 Airway Management - Clinical Practicum 2.0
RES 149 Arterial Blood Gases/Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology - CP 2.0
RES 201 Respiratory Care Sciences I 2.0
RES 202 Respiratory Care Sciences II 2.0
RES 211 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing 2.0
RES 221 Adult Pathophysiology/Geriatrics/Trauma Care I 2.0
RES 222 Adult Pathophysiology/Geriatrics/Trauma Care II 2.0
RES 231 Pulmonary Rehab/Alternative Site Care 3.0
RES 239 Pulmonary Rehab/Alternative Site Care - CP 1.0
RES 241 Mechanical Ventilation I 3.0
RES 242 Mechanical Ventilation II 3.0
RES 249 Mechanical Ventilation - CP I 2.0
RES 251 Mechanical Ventilation III 2.0
RES 257 Mechanical Ventilation - CP II 2.0
RES 258 Intermediate Clinical Practicum I 2.0
RES 259 Intermediate Clinical Practicum II 1.0
RES 261 Pediatric/Perinatal Pathophysiology and Critical Care I 2.0
RES 262 Pediatric/Perinatal Pathophysiology and Critical Care II 2.0
RES 269 Pediatric/Perinatal Pathophysiology and Critical Care - CP 2.0
RES 271 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Advanced Skills 3.0
RES 281 Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Monitoring I 2.0
RES 282 Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Monitoring II 2.0
RES 289 Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Monitoring - CP 2.0
RES 299 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1.0

Course Description

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Anatomy and Physiology I

This course introduces students to the structure and the function of the various body systems and how these systems interact and affect one another. Emphasis is placed on using the precise language of the body as it relates to everyday work in a medical environment. Topics include health and disease; senses; hormones; and the integumentary; skeletal; and nervous systems.

Credits: 4.0

Cardiopulmonary and Renal Anatomy and Physiology

This course focuses on a detailed study of the structure and the function of the human cardiac, pulmonary, and renal systems. Associated medical terminology is also covered.

Credits: 4.0

Respiratory Therapy Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology I

This course focuses on the indications, the contraindications, the effects, and the common usage of frequently prescribed cardiopulmonary medications, including adrenergic bronchodilators, anticholinergic bronchodilators, xanthines, and mucus-controlling medications.

Credits: 2.0

Respiratory Therapy Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology II

This course focuses on the indications, the contraindications, the effects, and the common usage of frequently prescribed cardiopulmonary medications, including surfactant agents, corticosteroids, pediatric drugs, skeletal muscle relaxants, diuretics, and cardiovascular medications.

Credits: 2.0

Patient Assessment I

This course focuses on the methods and the techniques of patient assessment, including preparation for the patient encounter, the medical history interview, the cardiopulmonary symptoms, the vital signs, the physical examination, the neurological assessment, and the clinical laboratory studies.

Credits: 2.0

Patient Assessment II

This course focuses on the methods and the techniques of patient assessment, including interpretation of blood gases, pulmonary function testing, chest radiographs, EKG's, neonatal and pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and sleep disorders.

Credits: 2.0

Patient Assessment - Clinical Practicum

The clinical practicum focuses on standard precautions, isolation, sterilization/disinfection, medical records, patient interviews, vital signs, chest assessment, auscultation, pulmonary mechanics, EKG, CXR, and spirometry screening.

Credits: 2.0

Psychology of Motivation

Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.

Credits: 4.0

English Composition

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.

Credits: 4.0

American Civilization

This course covers the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis is on the economic, political, and social development of our country.

Credits: 4.0

College Algebra

Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.

Credits: 4.0

Respiratory Therapy Medical Terminology

This course focuses on medical terminology including the definition, the pronunciation, the spelling, and the abbreviation of medical terms specific to cardiopulmonary systems. Students learn how medical terms are formed and the major word parts from which many of the terms are formed. After successfully taking this course, the student will possess a general overview of medical terminology regularly employed by Respiratory Care Practitioners.

Credits: 2.0

Psychology

Explores the aims and methods of psychology. Concepts covered in the course include human behavior, learning theories, memory, and human development.

Credits: 4.0

Introduction to Respiratory Therapy/Infection Control

This course focuses on the art, the science, and the profession of modern cardiopulmonary care. Asepsis and the control of infectious disease in the healthcare setting are covered.

Credits: 2.0

Airway Management

This course focuses on the theory, the application, and the monitoring of emergency and chronic management of the airway. Emphasis is placed on the theory and the practice of basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation for medical professionals. Students fulfill the CPR section of this module by presenting a copy of a current American Heart Association Provider "C" card to the university.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Gases/Aerosol and Humidity Therapy I

This course focuses on the therapeutic application and the monitoring of oxygen and specialized gas mixtures including the physical principles of gases, gas storage, delivery, and medical gas therapy.

Credits: 2.0

Medical Gases/Aerosol and Humidity Therapy II

This course focuses on the therapeutic application of humidity, bland aerosols, and aerosol drug therapy including the characteristics of aerosols, the hazards of aerosol therapy, aerosol delivery systems, and therapy protocols and controlling environmental contamination.

Credits: 2.0

Medical Gases/Aerosol and Humidity Therapy - CP

This clinical practicum focuses on gas pressure and flow regulation, oxygen analysis, oxygen therapy, oxygen tents, oxygen hoods, aerosol generators and aerosol medication delivery.

Credits: 2.0

Lung Expansion Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene

This course focuses on the theory, the application, and the monitoring of modern lung expansion modalities, humidification concerns, coughing techniques, chest physical therapy, and autogenic drainage techniques.

Credits: 3.0

Lung Expansion Therapy/Bronchial Hygiene - CP

This practicum emphasizes both simulated and direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency evaluation of lung expansion therapy and bronchial hygiene.

Credits: 2.0

Arterial Blood Gases/Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology I

This course focuses on the arterial blood gas report, which is the mainstay in diagnosing and managing clinical oxygenation and acid-base disorders. The first clue to an oxygenation or acidbase disturbance may be an abnormal blood gas report. The ABG report may serve as a gauge with respect to the appropriateness or effectiveness of therapy. RES140 attempts to explore the different areas associated with understanding the physiology that is foundational to blood gas assessment. These areas include but are not limited to: (1) blood gas physiology and (2) applied cardiopulmonary physiology.

Credits: 2.0

Arterial Blood Gases/Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology II

The ABG report may serve as a gauge with respect to the appropriateness or effectiveness of therapy. RES142 attempts to explore the different areas associated with creating a reliable report for this purpose. The focus of this course is to introduce the student into the steps and the processes needed to accurately provide appropriate interpretation of blood gas results.

Credits: 2.0

Airway Management - Clinical Practicum

This practicum requires students to complete both simulated and direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency evaluation of airway management and CPR.

Credits: 2.0

Arterial Blood Gases/Applied Cardiopulmonary Physiology - CP

This practicum focuses on both the simulated and the direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency evaluation of arterial blood gas sampling, analysis, and interpretation.

Credits: 2.0

Respiratory Care Sciences I

This course focuses on mathematics and on physics as they relate to the field of respiratory therapy and healthcare in general.

Credits: 2.0

Respiratory Care Sciences II

This course focuses on chemistry and microbiology as they relate to the field of respiratory therapy and to healthcare in general.

Credits: 2.0

Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing

This course focuses on the theory, the application, and the current American Thoracic Society standards for spirometry, diffusion studies, and other advanced diagnostic studies.

Credits: 2.0

Adult Pathophysiology/Geriatrics/Trauma Care I

This course explores the etiology and the pathophysiology associated with several pulmonary related disorders. It describes the signs/symptoms associated with each disease process as well as provides a comprehensive look at assessment and treatment strategies in the care of the pulmonary patient. Respiratory care practitioners and students are frequently exposed to patients with many different types of pulmonary-related illnesses. RES221 provides the student with the basic knowledge and the tools to gather clinical data systematically for the purpose of properly assessing the pulmonary patient. It also discusses the necessary elements required for formulating appropriate treatment plans, along with ideas on how to modify those plans if necessary. The initial chapters of the course demonstrate the proper method for documenting these important steps clearly and precisely. Practice case studies provided by the textbook allow the student to build on the information presented throughout the course. The primary foundation for the course is found in the first three sections of the textbook. Mastering this material will give the student the necessary tools to successfully navigate the course.

Credits: 2.0

Adult Pathophysiology/Geriatrics/Trauma Care II

This course is a continuation of RES221 and further explores the etiology and the pathophysiology associated with several pulmonary-related disorders. It describes the signs/symptoms associated with an array of pulmonary disorders as well as provides a comprehensive look at assessment and treatment strategies in the care of the pulmonary patient. Respiratory care practitioners and students are frequently exposed to patients with many different types of pulmonary related illnesses. RES222 provides the student with the basic knowledge and the tools to gather clinical data systematically for the purpose of properly assessing the pulmonary patient. It also discusses the necessary elements required for formulating ap- propriate treatment plans along with ideas on how to modify those plans if necessary. Practice case studies provided by the textbook allow the student to build on the information presented throughout the course.

Credits: 2.0

Pulmonary Rehab/Alternative Site Care

This course focuses on the goals, the implementation, and the monitoring of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs. Emphasis is placed on the application of respiratory therapy modalities to home care, subacute care, and skilled nursing.

Credits: 3.0

Pulmonary Rehab/Alternative Site Care - CP

This practicum requires students to complete both simulated and direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency evaluation of pulmonary rehabilitation and alternate site care.

Credits: 1.0

Mechanical Ventilation I

This course focuses on the theory of invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation devices. Emphasis is placed on advanced theory including inverse I:E ratio ventilation, permissive hypercapnea, independent lung ventilation, and negative pressure ventilation.

Credits: 3.0

Mechanical Ventilation II

This course focuses on the monitoring and the managing of patients on mechanical ventilation. Emphasis is placed on correcting gas exchange abnormalities, calculating pulmonary mechanics and muscle strength, identifying types of monitoring for various clinical conditions, interpreting ventilator graphics, and recommending modifications to therapies based on the patient's condition and monitored values.

Credits: 3.0

Mechanical Ventilation - CP I

This clinical practicum emphasizes both simulated and direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency evaluation of basic concepts of mechanical ventilation setup.

Credits: 2.0

Mechanical Ventilation III

This course focuses on the application of mechanical ventilation theory and monitoring. Emphasis is placed on acute lung injury, pulmonary edema, multiple system organ failure, and adult respiratory distress syndrome. Improving oxygenation using noninvasive positive pressure ventilation is addressed while goals, indications, patient selection, complications, and equipment are considered. Application and monitoring of invasive and noninvasive mechanical ventilation devices is required. Additional topics include the advanced modalities of inverse I:E ratio ventilation, independent lung ventilation, and negative pressure ventilation.

Credits: 2.0

Mechanical Ventilation - CP II

This practicum focuses on the completion of both simulated and direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency evaluation of basic concepts of mechanical ventilation assessment, monitoring, and adjustment to meet therapeutic goals.

Credits: 2.0

Intermediate Clinical Practicum I

This Practicum focuses on both the simulated and the direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency for evaluation, assessment, therapeutic intervention and monitoring of patients who are being managed and treated in acute and critical care areas of hospitals.

Credits: 2.0

Intermediate Clinical Practicum II

This practicum focuses on both the simulated and the direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency for evaluation, assessment, therapeutic intervention and monitoring of patients who are being managed and treated in acute and critical care areas of hospitals.

Credits: 1.0

Pediatric/Perinatal Pathophysiology and Critical Care I

This course focuses on the theory and the application of the physiology, the pathophysiology, the monitoring, and the care of pediatric and perinatal patients including laboratory and physical examination.

Credits: 2.0

Pediatric/Perinatal Pathophysiology and Critical Care II

This course focuses on the theory and the application of the physiology, the pathophysiology, the monitoring, and the care of pediatric and perinatal patients including laboratory and physical examination. Application of critical respiratory care for pediatrics and infants is also discussed.

Credits: 2.0

Pediatric/Perinatal Pathophysiology and Critical Care - CP

This practicum focuses on completing both the simulated and the direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency for evaluation, assessment, therapeutic intervention and monitoring of pediatric and perinatal patients including mechanical ventilation setup and monitoring.

Credits: 2.0

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Advanced Skills

This course focuses on the theory and the application of advanced resuscitation modalities and special procedures for adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients including land/air patient transport.

Credits: 3.0

Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Monitoring I

The course introduces the application of critical thinking to cardiopulmonary monitoring and diagnostic testing

Credits: 2.0

Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Monitoring II

The course introduces the student to the application of critical thinking as it relates to cardiopulmonary monitoring and diagnostic testing. Course content involves the application of hemodynamic monitoring and application of clinical simulation exercises.

Credits: 2.0

Application of Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics and Monitoring - CP

This practicum focuses on completing both simulated and direct patient care activities as described in the procedural competency for evaluation and assessment of hemodynamic monitoring of critical- care patients.

Credits: 2.0

Advanced Clinical Practicum

Students will be required to complete all remaining procedural competencies from earlier clinical rotations. Emphasis will be placed on clinical simulations and completing the remaining clinical practice-related activities. Students are also given an opportunity to review their course of study in preparation for the CRT exam through application of a CRT review program.

Credits: 1.0

Total Courses: 47Total Credits: 113

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