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Course Descriptions

It is important to contact an advisor as soon as you are considering the Respiratory Care Program. Your advisor can assist in course selection and class schedule management.

As is true with many health care careers, the faculty make changes to the curriculum as needed. Therefore, it is important that you discuss your plans with your advisor on a routine basis. Students should plan to meet with an advisor at least once per semester while in the program.

Click on a course number and name to read the course description and any pre- or co-requisites.

Course Level – 100

RESPCARE 104 PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT (1-0-1)(F).

Theory and skill application with clinical focus to perform physical assessment to include assessment techniques, standardized data collection formats, body system assessment, normal findings, relevant variations from normal, and documentation. (Pass/Fail.) COREQ: RESPCARE 105.

RESPCARE 105 INTERPROFESSIONAL PATIENT CARE SKILLS LAB (1-4-2)(F).

An interprofessional disciplinary team approach is used to teach basic patient care skills and interventions to restore and protect health. (Pass/Fail.) COREQ: RESPCARE 104.

Course Level – 200

RESPCARE 200 RECITATION AND APPLICATION I (1-0-1)(F).

Review, discussion, and application of information presented in theory and lab with reference to clinical situations. COREQ: RESPCARE 203, RESPCARE 204, RESPCARE 208.

RESPCARE 203 RESPIRATORY CARE THEORY I (3-0-3)(F).

Medical gas therapy to include clinical gases, gas mixtures, and various equipment. Theory and technique of aerosol and humidification therapy. Basic concepts of microbiology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, medical terminology and respiratory care practice. COREQ: RESPCARE 200, RESPCARE 204, RESPCARE 208.

RESPCARE 204 RESPIRATORY CARE LABORATORY I (1-2-2)(F).

Medical gas techniques. COREQ: RESPCARE 200, RESPCARE 203, RESPCARE 208.

RESPCARE 208 CLINICAL PRACTICUM I (0-6-2)(F).

Experience in the hospital with patients, techniques, and equipment. Emphasis on use of medical gases. COREQ: RESPCARE 200, RESPCARE 203, RESPCARE 204.

RESPCARE 219 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH (1-0-1)(S).

Introduction to the methods of scientific research including an overview of the research process, components of a research paper, developing research questions, framing an hypothesis, performing a literature search, designing a research project, writing an abstract. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203.

RESPCARE 221 ECG INTERPRETATION (1-0-1)(S).

Basic interpretation of the electrocardiogram and recognition of cardiac arrhythmias. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.

RESPCARE 223 RESPIRATORY CARE THEORY II (3-0-3)(S).

Principles, application, and equipment used for hyperinflation therapy. Therapeutic techniques and applications of chest physiotherapy. Introduction to long-term mechanical ventilation. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 224, RESPCARE 228, RESPCARE 250.

RESPCARE 224 RESPIRATORY CARE LABORATORY II (1-2-2)(S).

Use of hyperinflation therapy devices, chest physiotherapy, and mechanical ventilation. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 223, RESPCARE 228, RESPCARE 250.

RESPCARE 228 CLINICAL PRACTICUM II (0-12-4)(S).

Experience in the hospitals with patients, techniques, and equipment used in hyperinflation therapy and chest physiotherapy. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 223, RESPCARE 224, RESPCARE 250.

RESPCARE 229 DISEASES AND DIAGNOSTICS I (3-0-3)(S).

Students will be provided with foundational knowledge regarding common diseases, and the gathering and interpretation of laboratory tests, radiographic images and cardiopulmonary diagnostics. Case studies/problem based learning will be used to produce students who can gather and synthesize information for comprehensive practice of respiratory care. PREREQ: HLTHST 220.

RESPCARE 248 SUMMER CLINICAL PRACTICUM (0-V-V)(SU).

Experience in critical care units with patients, techniques and equipment as applied to mechanical ventilation and artificial airways. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: RESPCARE 228 and PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 250 RECITATION AND APPLICATION II (1-0-1)(S).

Review, discussion, and application of information presented in theory and lab with reference to clinical situations. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203. COREQ: RESPCARE 223, RESPCARE 224, RESPCARE 228.

RESPCARE 255 RESPIRATORY ROUNDS (1-0-1)(S).

First-year students participate in a seminar led by faculty and upper-division students. Topics include disease reviews (including etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management) and the presentation of original research. PREREQ: RESPCARE 203.

Course Level – 300

RESPCARE 300 RECITATION AND APPLICATION III (1-0-1)(F).

Review, discussion, and application of information presented in theory and lab with reference to clinical situations. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 303, RESPCARE 304, RESPCARE 308.

RESPCARE 301 PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS (2-0-2)(F).

Principles, practical uses, and interaction of drugs and their relationship to disease. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.RESPCARE 302 GENERAL PATHOLOGY (2-0-2)(S).”] Human pathology pertaining to systems of defense, modes of injury, diseases of development and function, heart, hematopoietic lymphoreticular, and respiratory systems. PREREQ: BIOL 227-228.

RESPCARE 303 RESPIRATORY CARE THEORY III (3-0-3)(F).

Theory and clinical application of mechanical ventilation, including care and management of artificial airways, and hemodynamic monitoring. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 300, RESPCARE 304, RESPCARE 308.

RESPCARE 304 RESPIRATORY CARE LABORATORY III (1-2-2)(F).

Practice using mechanical ventilators and suctioning devices. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 300, RESPCARE 303, RESPCARE 308.

RESPCARE 308 CLINICAL PRACTICUM III (0-16-5)(F).

Experience in the hospital with patients, techniques, and equipment as applied to mechanical ventilation and artificial airways. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223. COREQ: RESPCARE 300, RESPCARE 303, RESPCARE 304.

RESPCARE 323 RESPIRATORY CARE IV (3-0-3)(S).

Theory and application of techniques and equipment to neonatology and pediatrics. PREREQ: RESPCARE 303. COREQ: RESPCARE 324, RESPCARE 328, RESPCARE 350.

RESPCARE 324 RESPIRATORY CARE LABORATORY IV (0-2-1)(S).

Use of infant ventilators and special techniques pertaining to pediatrics. PREREQ: RESPCARE 303. COREQ: RESPCARE 323, RESPCARE 328, RESPCARE 350.

RESPCARE 328 CLINICAL PRACTICUM IV (0-16-5)(S).

Experience in the hospital and other health care environments with any or all aspects of respiratory care. PREREQ: RESPCARE 303. COREQ: RESPCARE 323, RESPCARE 324, RESPCARE 350.

RESPCARE 329 DISEASES AND DIAGNOSTICS II (3-0-3)(F).

Emphasis placed on conditions, disease states, practices and special procedures encountered in rehabilitation and critical care units. Case studies/problem based learning will be used to produce students who can gather and synthesize information for comprehensive approach to the practice of respiratory care. PREREQ: RESPCARE 229.

RESPCARE 350 RECITATION AND APPLICATION IV (1-0-1)(S).

Review, discussion, and application of information presented in theory and lab with reference to clinical situations. PREREQ: RESPCARE 303. COREQ: RESPCARE 323, RESPCARE 324, RESPCARE 328.

RESPCARE 355 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS IN HEALTH CARE (3-0-3)(S)(CID).

Focus on professional written and oral communication as practiced within the scope of respiratory care. Develop audience specific written documents, including writing that is appropriate for a professional journal or conference, and prepare, deliver, and evaluate oral presentations. PREREQ: Upper-division standing in Respiratory Care.

Course Level – 400

RESPCARE 355 Professional Communication in Health Care (3-0-3)(S)(CID).

Focus on professional written and oral communication as practiced within the scope of respiratory care. Develop audience specific written documents, including writing that is appropriate for a professional journal or conference, and prepare, deliver, and evaluate oral presentations. PREREQ: RESPCARE Upper division standing in respiratory care.

RESPCARE 431 QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTH CARE (3-0-3)(F).

Introduction and evaluation of current approaches to assessing risk and improving health care quality through the practice of continuous quality improvement. Focuses on conceptual understanding and experiential learning. PREREQ: RESPCARE 223.

RESPCARE 440 SENIOR THEORY: ADVANCED CONCEPTS (3-0-3)(F).

Techniques and methods used to analyze and evaluate the health status of critically ill patients with emphasis on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 441 TEACHING TECHNIQUES FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS (3-0-3)(S).

An interactive, online course designed to provide health care professionals with the skills needed to provide effective peer and client education. PREREQ: Department approval or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 442 SLEEP MEDICINE (3-0-3)(F).

Overview of sleep medicine, anatomy and physiology of sleep and breathing. Introduction to sleep disorders and polysomnograpy including monitoring techniques and instrumentation. PREREQ: Department approval or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 443 CURRENT TOPICS IN RESPIRATORY DISEASE (3-0-3)(F).

Discussion of current issues related to respiratory disease, including pathophysiology, management and outcomes. PREREQ: Department approval or PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 444 LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS (3-0-3)(S).

Extensive examination of current practices/trends of techniques used in the leadership of the health care environment. Emphasis will be placed upon specific skill sets used by the managers of today’s workforce. PREREQ: Department approval or PERM/INST.

UF 300 TRANSITIONAL FOUNDATIONS (3-0-3)(S).

Transitional Foundations ties previous student learning to the University Learning Outcomes at Boise State. It enhances written and oral communication skills while engaging students in discussion of ethics, diversity, and internationalization. PREREQ: Core certification or an associate degree.

RESPCARE 493 RESPIRATORY CARE INTERNSHIP (0-V-V).

Supervised practice in various health care facilities. PREREQ: RESPCARE 323 and PERM/INST.

RESPCARE 498 SENIOR SEMINAR (2-0-2)(S).

Online discussions of topics related to respiratory care. PREREQ: Department approval or PERM/INST.