Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

RTH 102 - Respiratory Therapy Principles II

Course Description

This course provides students with the information necessary to safely administer aerosolized respiratory drugs. The student will learn the method of action of the drugs used to treat respiratory diseases and proper dosages and frequency of administration. The student will understand the indications for mechanical ventilation as well as the monitoring of critically ill adult patients requiring ventilatory support. Complications involved in positive pressure ventilation will be reviewed. This course also covers the methods involved in removal of patients from mechanical ventilators.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

The student will have a basic knowledge of how drugs are administered
The student will be able to explain the mechanism of action for respiratory drugs
The student will be able to identify the basic functions of mechanical ventilators
The student will be able to describe why patients may require ventilatory support
Discuss the importance of monitoring patients requiring ventilatory support
Describe when and how to successfully wean a patient from mechanical ventilation

Pre-Requisites: RTH 100, RTH 101 and BIO 150; each with a grade of "C" or better.

Co-Requisites: RTH 103 and BIO 151.

Credit Hours: 2
Lecture Hours: 2


Course Prerequisites: RTH 100, RTH 101, BIO 150 with grade C or better Coreq: BIO151 Concurrent: RTH 103