BS in Respiratory Therapy: Sample Curriculum

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Core Courses: 28 credits

All core courses must be completed prior to enrolling in advanced courses.

Ethics of Respiratory Therapy RSTH 3001 (3 Semester Credits)

This interdisciplinary course considers ethical theories and principles applicable to the allied health professions with a focus on Respiratory Therapy. Using scholarly inquiry, including case studies, students will analyze ethical dilemmas that may occur in their professional roles as respiratory specialists. Students will address ethical and legal issues in diverse socioeconomic and cultural situations.

Community Health Problems and Practices RSTH 3004 (3 Semester Credits)

This course focuses on determinants of the health of individuals and the challenges faced by communities as they work to improve the health of their residents. The student will develop plans to maximize the use of community resources to address both acute and chronic respiratory conditions.

Healthcare Documentation and Communication RSTH 3002 (3 Semester Credits)

This course is designed to improve writing competence as a healthcare leader, clinician, or educator. Focus will be on the construction, evaluation, and organization of written communication in the healthcare setting with an emphasis on Respiratory Therapy. Topics will include written medical documentation; article and proposal writing, using APA style for citations and references; patient education materials, etc. Students will also review the basics of clear communication, both written and oral.

Integration of Delivery of Respiratory Therapy RSTH 3010 (3 Semester Credits)

The course provides students with an overview of how the healthcare system works in the United States. Specifically, the focus of the course is the role of the respiratory therapist within the healthcare system. The differences between public and private healthcare insurance will be evaluated throughout the course. Students will gain insight into healthcare from both a clinical and management aspect. The course will provide the student with the tools to function more efficiently as part of an integrated healthcare team.

Caregiving in the Respiratory Therapy Professions RSTH 3065 (3 Semester Credits)

This course will develop expertise in the science and art of caregiving from the perspective of the healthcare professional. Students will study age-specific care issues, culturally specific caregiving, compassion fatigue, family interaction and family-centered care, and death and dying. Caregiving issues directly related to patients with respiratory disease will be emphasized.

Management in Respiratory Therapy RSTH 3040 (3 Semester Credits)

This course will focus on the basics of healthcare management, including budgeting and financial management, data management, managing in clinical settings, and resource utilization. Respiratory Therapy students will learn how to assess healthcare information systems and database management systems.

Aging and Respiratory Therapy RSTH 3050 (3 Semester Credits)

This course will develop expertise in the science and art of caregiving from the perspective of the healthcare professional. Students will study age-specific care issues, culturally specific caregiving, compassion fatigue, family interaction and family-centered care, and death and dying. Caregiving issues directly related to patients with respiratory disease will be emphasized

Disease Management/Patient Education RSTH 3080 (3 Semester Credits)

This course will focus on the basics of healthcare management, including budgeting and financial management, data management, managing in clinical settings, and resource utilization. Respiratory Therapy students will learn how to assess healthcare information systems and database management systems.

Introduction to Respiratory Therapy Research RSTH 4060 (4 Semester Credits)

Respiratory Therapy students in this course will learn to develop skills needed to conduct basic research in healthcare settings. Topics include development of a research construct. Students will learn to develop and narrow a research topic by demographic and variables. In addition, students will learn how to search for peer-reviewed sources and develop literature reviews. Students will learn about populations and sampling, and the importance of institutional review boards when conducting research.

Advanced Courses: 22 credits

Research Method and Analysis RSTH 4001 (9 Semester Credits)

Students will review basic statistical models and inference applied to problems in healthcare, with an emphasis on Respiratory Therapy. Students will develop an understanding of research protocols and evaluation, critically analyze research data, and develop skills in interpreting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative research in Respiratory Therapy. Topics will include IRBs and clinical trials.

Advanced RT/Leadership & Project Management RSTH 4050 (4 Semester Credits)

This course focuses on strategic, operational, and project management topics in the healthcare/respiratory therapy field, with an emphasis on increasing efficiency and quality of care. Topics include allocating staff and resources effectively, assessing financial and regulatory implications from a business perspective, leading and motivating effective teams, and developing, negotiating, and managing comprehensive programs..

Specialty Observation RSTH 4070 (3 Semester Credits)

This internship focuses on specialty disciplines within the respiratory therapy profession that can potentially foster an interest for the student to sit for one of the NBRCs or its affiliates’ specialty exams (NPS, CPFT, RPFT, SDS, ACCS, or AE-C). The course is designed to promote interest for RRTs in the specialty practices of respiratory therapy. The practicum design and placement will be determined by the student’s interest area (neonatal, pediatrics, sleep disorders, asthma, diagnostics, or critical care). The student will perform 20 hours of specialty observation in his or her chosen specialty of respiratory therapy. The specialty observation can be performed at the student’s place of employment as long as it is a specialty area in which the student does not currently work and occurs during non-working hours. Paid work time cannot count as observation time.

Respiratory Therapy Capstone RSTH 5001 (6 Semester Credits)

This culminating course will enable senior-level Respiratory Therapy students to develop a proposal and complete a project or research paper based upon one of their areas of interest (Disease Management, Leadership and Project Management, or Education and Research). Presentations of completed papers or projects will be delivered by the student to selected Respiratory Therapy managers/specialists at a predetermined site or at a poster presentation at a research symposium.

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