Course Descriptions for RRT-BS Program

Spring Semester

RT 442 Advanced Ventilatory Support – 4 hrs

A study of advanced mechanical ventilation. Adult, pediatric, and neonatal ventilation will be discussed. Emphasis will be on patient management and assessment. Invasive and non-invasive ventilation techniques will be included.

RT 444 Critical Care Monitoring – 2 hrs

A study of monitoring utilized in an intensive care unit. Emphasis will be on ventilator waveform analysis, capnography, pulse oximetry, and hemodynamic monitoring.

RT 446 Research for Respiratory Therapists – 3 hrs

A study of clinical research methods and concepts related to respiratory care. Emphasis is on an overview of the research process and how to critically evaluate published and empirical research.

Summer Semester

RT 450 Healthcare Education for Respiratory Therapists – 4 hrs

A study of the respiratory therapist’s role in patient education and health promotion. General educational and instructional methods and techniques will be introduced. The student will learn how to write learning objectives, how to evaluate patient education, how to prepare and present a topic for an in-service presentation, and how to present a lecture in a classroom and in the laboratory environment.

RT 452 Patient Care Management Strategies – 3 hrs

A study of the current professional environment and the role of the respiratory therapist in patient care management. An introduction to the concept of evidence-based practice and discussion of how to incorporate evidence and best practices into professional work. Therapist- driven protocols, respiratory case managers, and care coordinators/navigators will be introduced. PREREQ RT 446

RT 454 Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Care – 3 hrs

A study of respiratory care involving infants and children. Emphasis will be on patient management and assessment in basic and intensive care settings. Developmental anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, disease management and prevention, heath promotion, oxygenation, and resuscitation will be discussed.

Fall Semester

RT 456 Healthcare Leadership for Respiratory Therapists – 4 hrs

A study of the management of a respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary department. Emphasis will be on regulatory agency and accreditation standards related to respiratory therapy, departmental budgeting, quality assurance, human resource issues, conflict resolution, staff training, and customer service.

RT 458 Special Procedures – 3 hrs

A study of diagnostic testing commonly encountered by practicing respiratory therapists. Emphasis will be on pulmonary function studies. Other special procedures will be introduced.

RT 460 Alternative Care Roles for Respiratory Therapists – 3 hrs

A study of the respiratory therapist’s role in pulmonary rehabilitation, long-term care, long-term acute care, home care, and palliative care. Patient education and motivation in preventative care will be discussed. An overview of reimbursement issues will be included. The scope of palliative care and end-of-life issues will be discussed.


RT 448 Advanced Practice Elective – 3 hrs

The Advanced Practice Elective can be completed in the semester of the student’s choice. Completion of the course requires the student to prepare for and complete the requirements for one of the following advanced practice credentials:
Advanced Critical Care Specialist, Neonatal-Perinatal Specialist, Certified Asthma Education, Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist, Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist, Certified Sleep Disorder Specialist, Registered Sleep Disorder Specialist, or Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist