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RESPIRATORY THERAPY (RTT)

RTT105 - Orientation to Respiratory Therapy Credits: 2
This course is designed to orient the student to Respiratory Therapy as an allied health career. The unique characteristics of health care delivery and the special at­tributes of Respiratory Therapy as an integral part of that delivery system demand that future practitioners develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes characteristic of their profession. The course combines classroom discussion with clinical obser­vation and various modes of independent study utilizing assigned text readings, printed workbooks, and audiovisual material.

Prerequisites: Acceptance into program; Documentation of Health Examination and Testing.

Corequisite: RTT 111.

RTT111 - Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy I Credits: 5
RTT 111 is the first course in the fundamentals of respiratory therapy. The safe and effective delivery of respiratory care in the clinical setting is dependent upon the respiratory care practitioner's knowledge of and ability to apply certain key concepts of the physical and life sciences. This course is designed to provide the student with the scientific-rational knowledge and skills prerequisite to the competent delivery of quality respiratory care. RTT 111 combines classroom (didactic) instruction with laboratory demonstration and experimentation, and various modes of independent study utilizing assigned text readings, printed workbooks, and audiovisual material.

Prerequisites: BIO 121, CHE 151, MAT 101 or 103, BIO 135. Corequisites: RTT 105, BIO 136, EMS 207, ENG 101.

RTT112 - Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy II Credits: 6
RTT 112 is the second course of study in the fundamentals of respiratory care. This course is designed to assist the student in mastering the skills necessary to provide competent, effective, and safe general and non-acute respiratory care in a variety of clinical settings. The course combines classroom (didactic) instruction, laboratory demonstration, experimentation, and practice with clinical instruction and the application of the basic therapeutic modalities employed in contemporary respiratory care. Both the philosophy of the program and the scope of content mandate an extensive independent study commitment which relies heavily on assigned text readings, self-instructional material, and audiovisual materials. As with all successive courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program, emphasis will be placed upon utilizing classroom knowledge and skills to develop and expand clinical expertise.

Prerequisites: RTT 105, RTT 111, BIO 136, EMS 207, ENG 101. Corequisites: RTT 150, BIO 251, PSY 103.

RTT121 - Applications and Procedures of Respiratory Therapy I Credits: 3
RTT 121 is the first course in the application and procedures of respiratory care. This course is designed to assist the student in applying and refining those skills that the student has previously been exposed and additionally facilitate the development of new clinical skills prerequisite to the safe and effective practice of general and subacute respiratory care. Special emphasis will be given to the pathophysiological basis of respiratory insufficiency and the formulation and de­velopment of comprehensive respiratory care plans which apply both the student's knowledge of altered function and his/her ability to specify desired therapeutic outcomes and their corresponding modes of treatment. The course combines class­room (didactic) instruction with clinical application of the basic therapeutic mo­dalities employed in contemporary respiratory care. As with all successive courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program, emphasis will be placed upon utilizing class­room knowledge and skills as the basis for developing clinical competence.

Prerequisites: RTT 112, RTT 150, BIO 251, PSY 103. Corequisite: RTT 225.

RTT131 - Clinical Practicum I Credits: 4
This course is the student's first clinical practicum in respiratory therapy. This course is designed to provide the student with a practical basis to apply, refine, and demonstrate mastery of respiratory care in general and subacute medical and surgical units; its purpose also is the establishment of performance expecta­tions not unlike those encountered as a graduate practitioner on the job. The course combines classroom (didactic) instruction with extensive clinical application and refinement of skills learned in the program to date. Clinical application and re­finement will be realized by assignment to several different clinical sites and day and evening shifts.

Prerequisites: RTT 121, RTT 225.

RTT150 - Respiratory Therapy Pharmacology Credits: 2
This one-semester course deals with the properties and effects of drugs. This course is designed to provide basic knowledge of medication theory and application with an emphasis on drugs administered by the respiratory care practitioner via the aerosol route. The course consists solely of classroom (didactic) instruction. Both the philosophy of the program and the scope of content mandate an extensive independent study commitment which relies heavily on assigned text readings, self-instructional material, and audiovisual materials. As with all successive course in the Respiratory Therapy Program, emphasis will be placed upon utilizing classroom knowledge and skills to develop and expand clinical expertise.

Prerequisites: RTT 105, RTT 111, BIO 136, EMS 207, ENG 101. Corequisites: RTT 112, BIO 251, PSY 103.

RTT222 - Applications and Procedures of Respiratory Therapy II Credits: 5
RTT 222 is the second course in the application and procedures of respiratory care. This course is designed to assist the student in developing those skills neces­sary for the safe and effective practice of intensive respiratory care. Special empha­sis will be given to the pathophysiological basis of respiratory failure and the for­mulation and development of comprehensive respiratory care plans which apply both the student's knowledge of respiratory failure and his/her ability to specify desired therapeutic outcomes and their corresponding modes of treatment. The course combines classroom (didactic) instruction, laboratory demonstration, ex­perimentation, and practice with clinical instruction and the application of the ad­vanced therapeutic modalities employed in contemporary intensive respiratory care. As with all successive courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program, emphasis will be placed upon utilizing classroom knowledge and skills as the basis for develop­ing clinical expertise.

Prerequisite: RTT 131. Corequisites: PHY 131, SOC 215, SPE 210.

RTT225 - Pulmonary Function Credits: 3
This course is the student's introductory didactic/laboratory course of study in pulmonary function; principles and skills learned in this course will be applied during the remainder of the course of study. This course is designed to assist the student in understanding and correctly utilizing the concepts and applications of pulmonary function testing. The course combines classroom (didactic) instruction with laboratory demonstration, experimentation, and practice. Both the philosophy of the program and the scope of the content mandate an extensive independent study commitment which relies heavily on assigned text readings, self-instructional material, and audiovisual materials. As with all successive course in the Respiratory Therapy Program, emphasis will be placed upon utilizing classroom knowledge and skills to develop and expand clinical expertise, although actual clinical experience in pulmonary function testing will not be realized until Clinical Practicum II (RTT 232).

Prerequisites: RTT 112, RTT 150, BIO 251, PSY 103.
Corequisite: RTT 121

RTT226 - Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care Credits: 2
This course of study dealing with the delivery of respiratory care to infants and children. This course is designed to assist the student in developing those skills necessary for the safe and effective practice of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care in both critical care and non-critical care settings. Special emphasis will be given to the pathophysiological basis of cardio-pulmonary dysfunction in newborns and children, and the development of comprehensive respiratory care plans which apply both the student's knowledge of neonatal and pediatric cardiopulmonary dysfunction and his/her ability to specify desired therapeutic outcomes and their corresponding modes of treatment. The course consists solely of classroom (didactic) instruction, with clinical instruction and application occurring during Clinical Practicum II (RTT 232) when the student completes a one-week clinical rotation at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. As with all courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program, emphasis will be placed upon utilizing classroom knowledge and skills as the basis for developing clinical expertise.

Prerequisite: RTT 131.
Corequisites: PHY 101 or 131, SOC 101, SPE 210.

RTT232 - Clinical Practicum II Credits: 12
RTT 232 is the second clinical practicum in respiratory therapy; as the last sequenced course in the program of study at Luzerne County Community College, it represents the culmination of the student's experience and (upon its completion) marks the beginning of the student's career as a respiratory therapist. The fundamental principle underlying the structured full- time clinical rotations of RTT 232 is the integral relationship between work experience and clinical experience; only by gain ing broad experience and exhibiting skills mastery in a diversity of situations can the student be expected to demonstrate the full range of competencies now required of the entry level respiratory care practitioner. This course differs from the previous clinical practicum in its development and confirmation of the specialized skills and functions of the respiratory therapist. Because the evolving role of the entry level respiratory care practitioner demands advanced competencies in special areas of therapeutics (adult, pediatric, and neonatal intensive care) and diagnostics (blood gas analysis and pulmonary function testing), the rotation schedule for RTT 232 includes appropriate emphasis on the development and mastery of such skills: additional opportunities include exposure to cardiovascular testing and evaluation, anesthesiology, pulmonary medicine, education, and administration and accountability in the delivery of respiratory care.

Prerequisites: RTT 222, PHY 101 or 131, SOC 215, SPE 210.