BS in Respiratory Therapy

July 01, 2019
August 26, 2019

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Courses within the Respiratory Therapy program provide students an understanding of core skills, while also delivering specialized skills and knowledge to utilize in their careers.

Coursework is centered around research methods and analysis to provide a strong foundation for professional advancement. Graduating with a Cincinnati Online Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy elevates your clinical skills to the next level. It also helps you develop a deeper understanding of advanced health care operations, logistics, technology, leadership, ethics and project management.

Core Courses: 28 credits, Advanced Courses: 22 credits

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

Ethics of Respiratory Therapy

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 analyze ethical dilemmas that may occur in their professional roles as respiratory specialists. Students also address ethical and legal issues in diverse socioeconomic and cultural situations.

Community Health Problems and Practices

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. Students develop plans to maximize the use of community resources to address both acute and chronic respiratory conditions.

Healthcare Documentation and Communication

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

Integration of Delivery of Respiratory Therapy

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 are evaluated throughout the course. Students gain insight into healthcare from both a clinical and management aspect. The course provides the student with the tools to function more efficiently as part of an integrated healthcare team.

Caregiving in the Respiratory Therapy Professions

This course develops expertise in the science and art of caregiving from the perspective of the healthcare professional. Students 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

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

Aging and Respiratory Therapy

This course provides Respiratory Therapy students with an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gerontology. Topics include theories of aging, health and illness in later life, diversity and aging, and bio-psycho/social and spiritual aspects of growing old. Respiratory Therapy content includes the biology of aging on lung function and working with older patients with multiple impairments.

Disease Management/Patient Education

Students in this course will learn to communicate with patients regarding their disease state. By developing a detailed knowledge of respiratory disease and treatment options, future practitioners will be prepared to counsel and advise patients on how to deal with their disease through the use of diet, exercise, medication regimes, etc.

Introduction to Respiratory Therapy Research

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

Research Method and Analysis

Students review basic statistical models and inference applied to problems in healthcare, with an emphasis on Respiratory Therapy. Students also 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 include IRBs and clinical trials.

Advanced RT/Leadership & Project Management

This course focuses on strategic, operational and project management topics in the health care/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

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 internship design and placement will be determined by the student’s interest area (neonatal, pediatrics, sleep disorders, asthma, diagnostics or critical care). The students will complete 20 hours of specialty observation in their 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. The program director will help the student arrange an alternate observation site other than the site of employment within close proximity to where the student lives if necessary. In addition to other assignments, the student will develop a comprehensive reflective journal detailing their experiences as the final project for the course.

Respiratory Therapy Capstone

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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