Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

RTH 104 - Respiratory Therapy Summer Clinical I

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to utilize the clinical skills learned and practiced during the simulation lab in the clinical area of the hospital or other clinical institution. Students will be expected to perform the duties of a Respiratory Therapist under the direction of a licensed and credentialed Respiratory Therapist. This course is only open to students in the Respiratory Therapy Program. Because all courses in the Respiratory Therapy Program must be taken in a specific sequence, this course is designed only for the Summer semester. This allows the student the opportunity to gain extensive clinical experience, in an 8-hour day that would not be available during the Fall or Spring semesters. The RTH courses taken in the prior Fall and Spring semesters provide the necessary didactic and laboratory foundational experience necessary for the student to be successful in this clinical course. The student will also gain a realistic understanding of the professional requirements of a Respiratory Therapist while providing the continuity of caring for critically ill patients.

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

Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and modify therapy based on patient response.
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilatory support to critically ill adult patients.
Assist physicians with special procedures and effectively communicate with the diverse members of the healthcare team during pulmonary rounds.
Properly clean and disinfect, maintain, and troubleshoot respiratory care equipment.
Demonstrate proficiency utilizing various Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Information Technology (TC) when taken with RTH 105

Credit Hours: 5

Course Prerequisites: RTH 102 and RTH 103 with grades of C or better