CARDIORESPIRATORY CARE (CRC)
All courses require admission to the professional component or permission of the chair.
CRC 330 Cardiorespiratory Care Assessment Skills 5
A presentation of patient assessment skills to prepare for subsequent courses in the curriculum. Modules included are chart review and history, vital signs, physical assessment of the chest, chest radiography, laboratory assessment, bedside pulmonary function testing, electrocardiography, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students are prepared to function in a problem-based learning curriculum. Special fee.
CRC 331 Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology 3 cr
The structure and function of the respiratory system will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on (1) the physiologic ramifications associated with respiratory therapeutic intervention and (2) interrelationships between the pulmonary and renal systems and how these two systems influence and control the body's acid-base status.
CRC 332 Intermittent and Diagnostic 4
This course will focus on cases involving patients receiving intermittent respiratory care modalities including oxygen and aerosol therapy, resuscitation, airway care, pharmacology, chest physiotherapy, incentive spirometry, and IPPB. Infection control issues will be included. Diagnostic issues include pulmonary function testing and arterial blood gas analysis. Students will discuss the pathophysiology, health promotion and disease prevention aspects of each case. Relevant laboratory exercises will be conducted.
CRC 334 Pharmacology 3
An overview of pharmacological principles will be presented. Emphasis will be given to drugs influencing the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and renal systems.
CRC 335 Intensive Cardiorespiratory Care 5
This course will focus on cases involving patients receiving intensive cardiorespiratory care modalities including mechanical ventilation, invasive and non-invasive monitoring, artificial airways, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Diagnostic issues will include hemodynamic monitoring and fiberoptic bronchoscopy. Students will discuss the pharmacology, pathophysiology, health promotion and disease prevention aspects of each case. Relevant laboratory exercises will be conducted.
CRC 342 Intermittent Cardiorespiratory Care Practicum 3 cr
Clinical experiences are conducted in the care of patients who are receiving respiratory care modalities, as discussed in the cases in CRC 332. Students prepare and present case studies relevant to this patient population.
CRC 345 Intensive Cardiorespiratory Care Practicum 5
Clinical experiences will involve patients who receive intermittent and intensive care modalities and diagnostic procedures discussed in the cases in CRC 335. Students will prepare and present case studies relevant to this patient population.
CRC 415 Research Methodology 2 cr
A survey of research designs, methods, and evaluative techniques, applicable to basic science and clinical research studies.
CRC 429 Cardiovascular Physiology 2
Discusses the physiology of the heart and the vasculature. Will serve as the basis for understanding cardiovascular pathophysiology.
CRC 430 Neonatal-Pediatric Cardiorespiratory Care 3 cr
This course will focus on cases involving infants and children. Topics include developmental anatomy and physiology, assessment, pathophysiology, basic and intensive care, pharmacology, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and resuscitation. Students will discuss the pharmacology, pathophysiology, health promotion and disease prevention aspects of each case. Relevant laboratory exercises will be conducted.
CRC 431 Special Procedures 3 cr
This course will focus on diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases. Diagnostic measures including polysomnography, bronchoscopy, and advanced pulmonary function testing will be discussed. Intervention and treatment options such as cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery, subacute mechanical ventilation, rehabilitation services, and long-term and home care, hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be included. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) will also be taught. Students will also discuss health promotion and disease prevention. Special fee.
CRC 432 Subacute Care 3
This course will focus on cases involving patients who are treated in nursing homes, subacute care facilities, rehabilitation programs, and the home.
CRC 435 Critical Care Concepts 3 cr
This course presents current theories and applications of adult critical care, in addition to those of mechanical ventilation. It focuses on pathophysiology, diagnostic procedures, and clinical presentation of disease.
CRC 440 Advanced Clinical I (W) 6 hrs
Clinical experiences will involve the care of neonatal and pediatric patients who receive intermittent and intensive cardiorespiratory care, as discussed in the cases in CRC 430. Students will prepare and present case studies relevant to this patient population.
CRC 441 Advanced Clinical II 6 hrs
Clinical experiences involve the care of patients who are placed in subacute settings, in the sleep laboratory, and those who receive intensive cardiovascular procedures and pulmonary function testing, and bronchoscopy. Students will prepare and present case studies relevant to this patient population.
CRC 446 Cardiorespiratory Care Education - (W) 2 cr
General educational principles and projects will receive major emphasis. These principles and projects include writing instructional objectives, developing didactic and clinical instructional strategies, and constructing evaluation instruments. Accreditation and credentialing issues will also be addressed. Developing and presenting instructional units will be among the various projects assigned.
CRC 447 Cardiorespiratory Care Management 2 cr
This course will provide the student with experiences and projects pertaining to the management of a respiratory therapy and cardiopulmonary department. Some management functions include: JCAHO respiratory therapy standards, staff scheduling, departmental budgeting, quality assurance, evaluation of personnel, purchasing, and grievance procedures.
CRC 450 Clinical Research I - (W) 1 cr
This is the first part of a two-part course. Students will design and perform a research project, relating to either clinical practice, education, or management. The work involved in this course will extend through two successive semesters. Students register for CRC 450 Fall Semester of the senior year for one credit, and for CRC 451 Spring Semester for two credit hours. Special fee.
CRC 451 Clinical Research II - (W) 2 cr
This is the second part of a two-part course. Students will design and perform a research project, relating to either clinical practice, education, or management. The work involved in this course will extend through two successive semesters. Students register for CRC 450 Fall Semester of the senior year for one credit, and for CRC 451 Spring Semester for two credit hours. Special fee.
CRC 460 Advanced-level Exam Review 3 cr
This course is designed to assist students prepare for the Written Registry Examination (WRE) offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). All the respiratory therapy equipment, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic interventions, medications, and related procedures relevant to the NBRC WRE will be reviewed in the form of practice examinations. The written registry examination matrix will be used as the main resource for this course.
CRC 499 Senior Honors Project - (H,W) 3-6 cr
Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor, honors students will conduct
a research project relevant to the field of Cardiorespiratory Care. This research
will lead to a formal presentation at the annual Honors Student Colloquium. The senior project will be judged and graded by three faculty members chaired by the honors mentor. This course is required for Honors recognition and may be repeated for up to six credit hours. Prerequisites: Permission of the department chair and completion of an approved project prospectus.
CRC 533 Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Management 3 cr
This course provides the information necessary for disease management of patients with obstructive pulmonary disease (OPD). Emphasis will be placed on epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, patient and family teaching skills, and patient management. Smoking cessation techniques are included. The administrative aspects of establishing a program/clinic and reimbursement issues will be discussed. This course is open to registered respiratory therapists and registered nurses (with baccalaureate degrees
), nurse practitioners, NP students, physician assistants,
and PA students. Successful completion of this course will help prepare for the National Asthma Education Certification Board examination.
CRC 543 Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Management-Clinical Practicum 3 cr
This course provides the clinical skills necessary for COPD and asthma management. Emphasis is on the clinical manifestations, verifying diagnosis, patient and family teaching skills, smoking cessation techniques, administrative aspects of reimbursement and establishing a clinic,
and disease management, in several clinical settings. This course is the clinical correlate of CRC 533, open to registered respiratory therapists and registered nurses (with baccalaureate degrees
), nurse practitioners, NP students, physician assistants and PA students. Successful completion of this course will help prepare for the National Asthma Education Certification Board examination. The prerequisite for this course is CRC 533.
CRC 590 Special Topics in RT Education 3 cr
Topics will include accreditation, use of NBRC school score reports and self-assessment examinations, roles of key personnel, tenure and promotion policies
, the instructor's roles in classroom, laboratory and clinical instruction, student evaluation, student counseling and services, higher education law, and current issues in respiratory therapy and allied health education.