Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

RTH 105 - Respiratory Therapy Summer Clinical II

Course Description

This course is a continuation of RTH 104: Summer Clinical I. It is a supervised clinical practice. The student is provided the opportunity to utilize the clinical skills learned and practiced during the simulation lab, as well as skills learned during Summer Clinical I. 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 secquence, 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.
Appreciate the role of anesthesia and surgery in the practice of respiratory care.
Administer bronchopulmonary hygiene and ventilatory support to critically ill adult patients.
Analyze and ensure accurate resulting of arterial blood gas sample results and various other types of lab samples utilizing a Blood Gas Machine and Laboratory Information System to determine cardiopulmonary function.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Information Technology (TC) when taken with RTH 104

Credit Hours: 5

Course Prerequisites: RTH 102 and RTH 103 and RTH 104 with grades of C or better