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Respiratory Care

with an Advanced Clinical Practice concentration


Bachelor of Science Completion

Program Length: 22 months

Degree Overview

Respiratory Care with an Advanced Clinical Practice concentration

For over 30 years, Independence University, formerly California College for Health Sciences, has graduated more respiratory care professionals than any other private career college. Today, IU continues to meet the needs of respiratory therapists who wish to gain advanced education in their field through our Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care with an Advanced Clinical Practice concentration.

The Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care degree with the choice of concentration in Advanced Clinical Practice or Respiratory Care Management provides students with the necessary skills to advance into a supervisory/management, patient education, clinical specialist, case management or advanced clinical practitioner position in various healthcare facilities (e.g. hospital, clinic, medical office, home care, LTC) or in an environment specific to the field of respiratory care

The curriculum contains information on management, advanced clinical care, and current issues and trends in healthcare, exposing students to the latest developments in respiratory care. The program includes a general education component, a foundation in cardiopulmonary sciences, and coursework in the respiratory care specialties of acute and critical care, emergency care, perinatal and pediatrics, research and Evidence Based Medicine (EMB), patient education, case management and cardiopulmonary diagnostics.

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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

ENG 310 Advanced Interpersonal Communication 4.0
HIS 300 U.S. History Since the Civil War 4.0
PHI 310 Critical Thinking 4.0
PHI 400 Modern Issues in Ethics 4.0
RCM 300 Respiratory Care Management and Leadership 4.5
RCM 310 Respiratory Care Marketing and Strategic Planning 4.5
RCM 320 Respiratory Care Financial Management 4.5
RCM 340 Respiratory Care Information Systems 4.5
RCM 420 Respiratory Care in a Managed Care Environment 4.5
RCM 440 Managing Long-Term Care across the Continuum 4.5
RCM 470 Respiratory Care Management Boot Camp 4.5
RCP 300 Introduction to Healthcare Research 4.5
RCP 320 Healthcare Research in Practice 4.5
RCP 330 Health Professional as Educator I 4.5
RCP 335 Health Professional as Educator II 4.5
RCP 340 Advanced Patient Assessment 4.5
RCP 350 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 4.5
RCP 360 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Pathology I 4.5
RCP 365 Advanced Cardiopulmonary Pathology II 4.5
RCP 410 Advanced Neonatal-Pediatric Pathology 4.5
RCP 415 Advanced Neonatal-Pediatric Diagnostics/Therapeutics 4.5
RCP 420 Principles and Practices of Disease Management 4.5
RCP 430 Case Management in Acute and Critical Care 4.5
RCP 440 Case Management across the Continuum of Care 4.5
RCP 450 Advances in Emergency Response and Preparedness 4.5
RCP 460 Advances in Critical Care Medicine 4.5
SOC 400 Sociology of Aging 4.0
STA 322 Statistics 4.0

Course Description

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Advanced Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.

Credits: 4.0

U.S. History Since the Civil War

This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: Reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America's transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.

Credits: 4.0

Critical Thinking

This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Credits: 4.0

Modern Issues in Ethics

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to a broad array of the most pressing contemporary debates in medical ethics. The student examines the social contexts within which these debates arise. Topics include: the foundation of bioethics, research ethics and informed consent, truth telling and confidentiality (medical record confidentiality), genetic control, application of scarce medical resources, impaired infants and medical futility, and euthanasia.

Credits: 4.0

Respiratory Care Management and Leadership

This course reviews management concepts essential to the understanding of the organizational environment within which healthcare managers perform their various managerial functions. It will review, and challenge when necessary, classical theory and concepts. It focuses on relatively new concepts and trends in organizational management. It is designed to help develop a solid base of understanding of the traditional core management functions of planning, decision making, organizing, staffing and controlling as well as the emerging functions of coaching, counseling, teaching and facilitating. It reviews the practical managerial skills of budgeting, team development, conflict resolution, training and development, good communication and human resources management, all skills that are essential for the smooth and efficient management of today’s organizations. Each subject in the course will be related directly to Advanced Respiratory Care Practice through weekly discussions.

Credits: 4.5

Respiratory Care Marketing and Strategic Planning

This course examines the healthcare planning process, including the concepts and procedures, strategies, problem solving and decision-making. Students gain a firm understanding of the importance of marketing in healthcare organizations, with specific applications to the Respiratory Care Department.

Credits: 4.5

Respiratory Care Financial Management

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of accounting and financial management concepts/techniques to health service organizations. Course components include: distinctive accounting and financial characteristics of health services organizations; interpreting basic financial statements; financial ratios analysis; government and voluntary regulatory agency compliance; and evaluating financial performance. Each course subject is applied directly to the Respiratory Care Department through weekly discussions.

Credits: 4.5

Respiratory Care Information Systems

Success as an Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioner depends on communication and documentation skills. Good communication, with patients, families, colleagues, and supervisors is crucial. Retrieving and documenting information is a critical part of every practitioner’s day. This course looks at health care information systems and how they relate to Advanced Respiratory Care Practice.

Credits: 4.5

Respiratory Care in a Managed Care Environment

This course is an introduction to the history, structure, and management issues associated with health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and other managed care options. Each subject is applied directly to Advanced Respiratory Care Practice through weekly discussion topics.

Credits: 4.5

Managing Long-Term Care across the Continuum

This course examines the management of long-term care (LTC) services in America, including the history of long-term care, characteristics of an ideal LTC system, nursing services, sub-acute care, assisted living, senior housing, community-based services, integration, external control, key ethical issues, governance, marketing and future trends. Students gain a firm understanding of the importance of long-term care in the future of U.S. healthcare delivery, with specific applications to the Respiratory Care services each week.

Credits: 4.5

Respiratory Care Management Boot Camp

Respiratory Care Management Boot Camp applies specific management/leadership theories and practices to the direction and management of a respiratory care or cardiopulmonary department, including the managerial functions of department organization/structure, budgeting, controlling, staffing, coordinating, measuring performance, and developing staff members. Leadership and skills pertinent to these functions, as well as effective communication and professionalism, are included in the course. The practical topic of how to prepare oneself for a position in respiratory care management is also addressed.

Credits: 4.5

Introduction to Healthcare Research

This course is an introduction to evidence-based medicine in the context of respiratory care research. Topics covered in this course include basic research principles such as the scientific method, the ethical considerations involving research, conducting literature searches, and critically evaluating published reports.

Credits: 4.5

Healthcare Research in Practice

This course is a continuation of evidence-based medicine in the context of respiratory care research. Focusing on quantitative analysis, topics covered in this course are writing the protocol, data collection, basic statistical concepts, and basic methodology including correlation, t-Tests, ANOVA and regression.

Credits: 4.5

Health Professional as Educator I

Part I of this course on the Health Professional as Educator is a comprehensive examination the practical issues health professionals confront as they strive to provide effective patient and family education. The course focuses on issues such as perspectives on teaching and learning, and the characteristics of the learner.

Credits: 4.5

Health Professional as Educator II

The second part of this course continues the focus on practical issues health professionals face in providing effective patient and family education. The course continues with a focus on the characteristics of the learner, as well as techniques and strategies for teaching and learning.

Credits: 4.5

Advanced Patient Assessment

This course is to provide knowledge to build and develop a strong foundation of assessment skills necessary in daily clinical practice. Course content will present a knowledge base of major respiratory diseases and competency in the patient assessment process through a case study approach.

Credits: 4.5

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics

This course presents Advanced Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics, including Respiratory Monitoring, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Cardiac Assessment, Blood Chemistry, Hematology, Imaging of the Thorax, Specialized Pulmonary Function Testing, Interventional Pulmonary Procedures, Polysomnography, Nutritional Assessment and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Assessment. Special emphasis is placed on advanced aspects of these diagnostics, which are not typically presented, in ASRT level Respiratory Care training programs.

Credits: 4.5

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Pathology I

This course presents a detailed discussion of the etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, diagnosis, history, prognosis, manifestations, detection and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioner presents diseases and disorders in a “Grand Rounds” Case Study approach with strong emphasis on assessment and treatment recommendations.

Credits: 4.5

Advanced Cardiopulmonary Pathology II

This course continues from Advanced Cardiopulmonary Pathology I the detailed discussion of the etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, diagnosis, history, prognosis, manifestations, detection and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases. The Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioner presents a new group of diseases and disorders in a “Grand Rounds” Case Study approach with strong emphasis on assessment and treatment recommendations.

Credits: 4.5

Advanced Neonatal-Pediatric Pathology

This course covers the diversity of respiratory problems encountered by neonates and children. Each disorder is discussed in terms of presentation, pathophysiology and diagnosis. Aspects of treatment are also introduced to prepare the student for the Advanced Neonatal/Pediatric Therapeutics course, which follows. Emphasis in Advanced Neonatal/Pediatric Pathology is placed on recent innovations in neonatal/pediatric respiratory diagnosis and treatment. Congenital cardiac and pulmonary anomalies, which occur in roughly 4% of all live births, are also addressed herein.

Credits: 4.5

Advanced Neonatal-Pediatric Diagnostics/Therapeutics

This course covers the diversity of respiratory therapeutics and procedures now available for the treatment of infants and children. Special problems in the treatment of premature neonates are also presented. Emphasis is placed on advances in Oxygenation, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Mechanical Ventilation, Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation, High Frequency Ventilation, High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation and Surfactant Therapy. Congenital cardiac and pulmonary anomalies and their treatment are also addressed herein. For each therapeutic modality, the indications, benefits, contraindications, monitoring considerations and adverse effects are thoroughly presented. Clinical Practice Guidelines for each modality are included in this discussion.

Credits: 4.5

Principles and Practices of Disease Management

This course presents principles and practices of Disease Management, and explores the role for Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioners in this growing field of medicine. Also considered are expanding roles for RTs in establishing and implementing protocols, clinical practice guidelines and pathways for care.

Credits: 4.5

Case Management in Acute and Critical Care

This course presents principles and practices of case management and disease management, with emphasis on the acute care setting. It includes clinical, legal, and ethical responsibilities of those involved in managing patient care. Specific examples of Case Management and Disease Management in respiratory disorders are presented. Readings from the AARC Respiratory Care Journal are utilized in the discussion forum for this course.

Credits: 4.5

Case Management across the Continuum of Care

This course continues the discussion of Case Management and Disease Management. In this course the continuum of care is emphasized to include home care settings, long-term care settings, LTACH hospitals and other sites of care. Specific examples of Case Management and Disease Management in respiratory disorders are presented. Readings from the AARC Respiratory Care Journal are utilized in the discussion forum for this course.

Credits: 4.5

Advances in Emergency Response and Preparedness

This course is designed to help healthcare workers understand their role in providing continuous care for patients in the event of an emergency and recognizing types of emergencies and disasters. The course will also demonstrate the importance and knowledge to implement a Rapid Response Team within a hospital.

Credits: 4.5

Advances in Critical Care Medicine

This course presents advances in Critical Care Medicine, and the role of the Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioner in this setting. It includes advanced respiratory/hemodynamic monitoring, state-of-the-art mechanical ventilation practices, noninvasive ventilation, as well as treatment of acute lung injury, ARDS, cardiac failure, trauma, burn/inhalation injury and other disorders commonly seen in the critical care environment. A new credential being offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Adult Critical Care specialization, is also presented for those interested in pursuing this professional designation.

Credits: 4.5

Sociology of Aging

This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.

Credits: 4.0

Statistics

This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.

Credits: 4.0

Total Courses: 28Total Credits: 123

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