Respiratory Therapy (RTH) at Tidewater Community College


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RTH 102 - Integrated Sciences for Respiratory Care II
Integrates the concepts of mathematics, chemistry, physics, microbiology, and computer technology as these sciences apply to the practices of respiratory care.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RTH 120 - Fundamental Theory for Respiratory Care
Presents the theory of basic patient assessment and functional medical terminology.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RTH 121 - Cardiopulmonary Science I
Focuses on pathophysiology, assessment, treatment, and evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Explores cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular physiology and patho- physiology.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RTH 131 - Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures I
Presents theory of equipment and procedures and related concepts used for patients requiring general, acute and critical cardiopulmonary care. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RTH 132 - Respiratory Care Theory and Procedures II
Presents theory of equipment and procedures and related concepts used for patients requiring general, acute and critical cardiopulmonary care. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
RTH 145 - Pharmacology for Respiratory Care I
Presents selection criteria for the use of, and detailed information on pharmacologic agents used in pulmonary care.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
RTH 190 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RTH 217 - Pulmonary Rehab., Home Care and Health Promotion
Focuses on purpose and implementation of a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program. Explores procedures and approaches used in pulmonary home care. Identifies and discusses major health and wellness programs applied to cardiopulmonary patients.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RTH 222 - Cardiopulmonary Science II
Focuses on assessment, treatment, and evaluation of patients with cardiopulmonary disease. Explores cardiopulmonary, renal, and neuromuscular physiology, and pathophysiology.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
RTH 223 - Cardiopulmonary Science III
Continues the exploration of topics discussed in RTH 121 and 222.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
RTH 225 - Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Procedures
Focuses on the cardiopulmonary, physiology, pathology and application of therapeutic procedures in the management of the newborn and pediatric patient.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
RTH 235 - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures II
Presents the use of multiple diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in ambulatory and critical care patients.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
RTH 236 - Critical Care Monitoring
Focuses on techniques and theory necessary for the evaluation and treatment of the critical care patient, especially arterial blood gases and hemodynamic measurements. Explores physiologic effects of advanced mechanical ventilation.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
RTH 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
RTH 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits