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RC 244 - Principles of Respiratory Care III

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide a series of advanced topics relative to the practice of respiratory therapy. This course will draw from the student’s knowledge and treatment of cardiopulmonary disease and help provide direction for promotion of disease management. These topics include cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, smoking cessation, patient learning needs, ethical and legal implication of the practice of respiratory care, quality assurance and professionalism.

Course Outcomes
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • determine what goals and objectives pulmonary rehabilitation aims to achieve;
  • determine what scientific evidence supports rehabilitation programming for patients with pulmonary disease;
  • determine why psychosocial support is an essential component of pulmonary rehabilitation;
  • determine what specific benefits patients can expect from pulmonary rehabilitation activity;
  • determine what indications, contraindications, and hazards are associated with pulmonary rehabilitation;
  • determine how to evaluate and select patients for pulmonary rehabilitation;
  • determine how to assist in exercise evaluation and distinguish between cardiac and ventilatory exercise limits;
  • determine what educational content needs to be addressed in a pulmonary rehabilitation program;
  • determine which health professionals make up the rehabilitation team; and
  • determine what equipment and facilities are needed to run a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Smoking Cessation

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe the importance of smoking cessation as it relates to the reduction in pulmonary disease;
  • describe the components of a smoking cessation program;
  • identify the need for smoking cessation programs;
  • describe the factors associated with the unsuccessful completion of smoking cessation programs; and
  • describe patient monitoring and treatment for smoking cessation.

Patient Education and Health Promotion

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe learning objectives in the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domain;
  • describe how the adult and child learner are different;
  • describe how to evaluate patient education;
  • describe why health education is important;
  • describe which settings may be appropriate for implementation of health promotion activities; and
  • describe how health promotion and disease prevention affect medical costs.

Ethical and Legal Implications of Practice

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify philosophical foundations of ethics;
  • describe what constitutes an ethical dilemma and how they arise in healthcare;
  • describe how professional codes of ethics apply to ethical decision making;
  • describe how traditional ethical principles are useful in resolving ethical dilemmas;
  • identify what information should be gathered before making an ethical decision;
  • describe how the systems of civil and criminal law differ;
  • describe what constitutes professional malpractice and negligence;
  • describe how a respiratory therapist can become liable for wrongful acts;
  • describe what elements constitute a practice act;
  • describe how licensing affects legal responsibility and liability;
  • describe how changes in healthcare delivery have shaped the ethical and legal aspects of practice; and
  • describe the importance of advanced directives relative to the practice of Respiratory Care.

Quality and Evidence-Based Respiratory Care

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • describe what elements constitute quality respiratory care;
  • describe what methods are sued for monitoring quality of respiratory care delivery;
  • describe how respiratory care protocols enhance the quality of respiratory care services;
  • describe what disease management is;
  • describe what evidence-based medicine is; and
  • describe how to perform continual quality improvement.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • define professionalism as it relates to health care;
  • list characteristics of a profession;
  • describe the role of a respiratory therapist as a member of the health care team;
  • list and describe traits associated with professional behavior;
  • describe the importance of credentialing and licensure as it relates to professionalism;
  • describe the preparation needed for an employment interview; and
  • successfully develop a resume and cover letter.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in the Respiratory Care Program or permission of the department; and successful completion of all previous Respiratory Care coursework.
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