Respiratory Care Courses Offered
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RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM

COURSES OFFERED

Respiratory Care 170
Introduction to Respiratory Care Sciences and the Profession

2 units; 2 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: Medical Assistant 4;
eligibility for English 1A and Mathematics 40
Enrollment Limitation: high school graduation or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides students an opportunity to see if their attitudes, aptitudes and interests are matched to those needed by successful respiratory care practitioners. The course reviews all the requirements for successful completion of the program and entrance into the health care industry. The course will also provide the student with an introduction to the basic sciences as they apply in the Respiratory Care profession.

Respiratory Care 172
Fundamentals of Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Pharmacology in Respiratory Care

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Anatomy 30 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Recommended Preparation: Respiratory Care 170 with a minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment
Enrollment Limitation: high school graduation or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable

This course will cover the fundamental cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology required for entry-level practice in the Respiratory Care profession. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the achievement and maintenance of bronchial hygiene in patients with respiratory disorders through the use of airway care, aerosols, and chest physiotherapy.

Respiratory Care 174
Introduction to Respiratory Care Equipment and Patient Care Procedures

3 units; 1 hour lecture, 6 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Respiratory Care 170 with a minimum grade of C
Enrollment Limitation: high school graduation or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable

This course will review operational concepts and procedures for respiratory care equipment. The student will get hands-on experience selecting, assembling and checking respiratory care equipment for proper function, operation and cleanliness. The course will also provide experience performing and understanding the purpose of basic care procedures such as charting, vital signs, bed operation and other respiratory care related basic patient care procedures.

Respiratory Care 176
Introduction to Respiratory Care of the Non-Critically Ill Patient

6 units; 3 hours lecture, 9 hours lab TBA
Prerequisite: Respiratory Care 172 and 174 with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite
Recommended Preparation: Computer Information Systems 13; Psychology 5
Enrollment Limitation: admission to Respiratory Care Program
requiring completed application and physical exam forms
indicating readiness for clinical practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner
Credit, degree applicable

This course deals primarily with the non-critically ill adult patient. It will provide the student with cognitive and psychomotor practice performing basic respiratory care in Health Service Organizations in the South Bay Area. Students receive most of their classroom/cognitive instruction at El Camino College and are rotated during day, evening, and/or night shifts to ECC's clinical affiliates.


Note: It is strongly advised that all non-respiratory care courses required for the Respiratory Care Associate in Science degree be completed prior to enrollment in this course.

Respiratory Care 178
Respiratory Care of the Critically Ill Patient I

8 units; 4 hours lecture, 12 hours lab per week TBA
Prerequisite: Respiratory Care 176 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable

This course is an introduction to the practice of respiratory care in intensive care units with an emphasis on patient ventilator interaction. The student will manage critically ill patients on prolonged artificial ventilation using microprocessor-driven ventilators, alarms, arterial blood gases and other appropriate techniques and equipment. Students are rotated through evening, nights and day critical care units in hospitals.

Respiratory Care 280
Respiratory Care of the Critically Ill Patient II

9 units; 4 hours lecture, 15 hours lab TBA
Prerequisite: Respiratory Care 178 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable

This course continues with the treatment and management of adult patients that are critically ill. The course provides the student with the opportunity to develop more complex reasoning and patient care skills. Problem-oriented use of patient data including intermediate respiratory care assessment and decision-making using blood gases, x-rays, response to therapy and other appropriate clinical indicators will be emphasized.

Respiratory Care 282
Fundamentals of Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 6 hours labTBA
Prerequisite: Respiratory Care 178 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable

This course will introduce the student to the basic anatomy and physiology of the fetus, neonate and pediatric patient. The student will learn the fundamental therapeutic procedures, equipment and data used to provide pediatric and perinatal respiratory care. Pediatric basic and advanced life support will also be taught in the classroom, lab and clinical setting.

Respiratory Care 284
Respiratory Care of the Critically Ill Patient III

9 units; 4 hours lecture, 15 hours lab TBA
Prerequisite: Respiratory Care 280 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable

This course continues with the treatment and management of adult patients that are critically ill. The course provides the student with the opportunity to develop more complex reasoning and patient care skills. A disease-directed approach is used with emphasis on respiratory failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and related respiratory conditions and deadspace problems. The course reviews the problems of nosocomial infections in respiratory care and systematic methods for identifying and correcting patient-therapist equipment contamination. Communication skills are introduced that will help the therapist relay suggestions and information to other members of the health care team.

Respiratory Care 286
Fundamentals of Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Respiratory Care

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours labTBA
Prerequisite: Respiratory Care 280 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable

This course focuses on the treatment and management of adult patients that have chronic respiratory conditions and diseases. The course provides the student with the opportunity to develop skills managing patients requiring pulmonary rehabilitation and home respiratory care. The problem-oriented approach to developing a Respiratory Care plan will be covered emphasizing the use of, and the ability to collect, patient data. Skills to be learned will include performance of a physical exam of the patient, arterial puncture, establishment of intravenous fluid lines, exercise evaluation, patient education and prevention of infection.

Respiratory Care 288
Fundamentals of Pulmonary Function Testing

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours labTBA
Prerequisite: Respiratory Care 176 with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable

This course will review the fundamental procedures and equipment used to measure pulmonary function in non-symptomatic populations and in populations of people with chronic pulmonary diseases. Operation, calibration, and quality control of arterial blood analysis and respiratory exhaled air collection will be provided through hands-on experience at the college and at health service organizations' diagnostic laboratories. Skills to be learned will include performance of arterial blood gas analysis, public health screening and diagnostic pulmonary function testing.

Respiratory Care 289
Advanced Respiratory Care of the Asthmatic Patient

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours labTBA
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.

Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in asthma management associated with advanced respiratory care. Topics include diagnosing and assessing the severity of asthma; medications; ability to treat asthma in an ambulatory setting; special considerations in childhood asthma; the use of pulmonary function testing and peak flow monitoring to diagnosis and manage asthma; identifying allergic sensitivities and promoting allergen avoidance; as well as being able to develop and implement asthma action plans.

 

Respiratory Care 290
Advanced Specialty Respiratory Gases


2 units; 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab TBA
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in respiratory specialty gases. Topics include the physiology of nitric oxide and heliox specialty gases. Indications for use, contraindications, dose and dose titration, hazards as well as the delivery and monitoring of each gas.

Respiratory Care 291
Advanced Specialty Ventilators and Specialized Oxygen Delivery Devices


3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week TBA
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in specialty ventilators and oxygen delivery devices. Topics include high frequency oscillatory ventilation; high frequency jet ventilation; Vapotherm; SiPAP; and T-Piece Resuscitation. The indications, contraindications, and appropriate delivery will be discussed and reviewed for multiple patient populations

Respiratory Care 292
Advanced Clinical Application and Interpretation of Blood Gases


3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week TBA
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in respiratory clinical application of blood gases. Topics include the fundamentals of acid-base and respiratory physiology; assessment and interpretation of blood gas values; blood gas values applied to patient care; validation of results with other modalities; and appropriate methods to collect, analyze, and report blood gas results.

  Respiratory Care 293
Cardiac Monitoring in Advanced Respiratory Care


4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week TBA
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in cardiac monitoring associated with advanced respiratory care. Topics include twelve-lead Electrocardiogram interpretation; central venous pressure; Pulmonary Artery Pressure; Cardiac Index; and usage of pressure transducers, pulmonary and arterial catheters, as well as treatment of cardiac conditions using electrolytes, cardiac medications and diuretics. Laboratory experiments and clinical visitation will be used to complement the didactic instruction.  

Respiratory Care 294
Pulmonary Function Testing in Advanced

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in pulmonary function testing associated with advanced respiratory care. Topics include metabolic measurements using indirect calorimetry; pediatric pulmonary function testing; cardiopulmonary exercise testing; sleep studies; and bronchoscopy. Laboratory experiments and clinical visitation will be used to complement didactic instruction.

Respiratory Care 295
Pharmacology in Advanced Respiratory Care

 

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in pharmacology associated with advanced respiratory care. Topics include current trends in respiratory pharmacology; the use of sedatives, analgesics, antibiotics, and paralytic agents in various delivery forms during advanced therapeutic modalities; as well as other pharmacological agents used during specialized testing regimens.

 

Respiratory Care 296
Physical Examination in Advanced Respiratory Care

 

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in physical examination associated with advanced respiratory care. Topics include physical assessment; collection of lab data; the interview process; and current imaging studies.

Respiratory Care 297
Perinatal and Pediatric Care in Advanced Respiratory Care

 

4 units; 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab TBA
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction in perinatology and pediatrics associated with advanced respiratory care. Topics include respiratory care monitoring; diagnostics; advanced concepts in emergency procedures; and current topics in perinatal and pediatric respiratory care. Laboratory experiments and clinical visitation will be used to complement lectures.

Respiratory Care 298
Advanced Emergency Management

 

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab per week TBA
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be admitted to the El Camino College Respiratory Care Program or be graduated from an accredited respiratory care program.
Credit, degree applicable

This course provides instruction on the role of the respiratory therapist during disaster management. Topics include intra-hospital transport; land and air transport; rapid response teams; distinguishing the various color codes within a hospital; disaster preparedness at the federal, state, and local levels; and the requirements for disaster preparedness within the hospital.

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