Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

RTH 110 - Respiratory Therapy Principles and Practicum I

Course Description

This course is designed for students majoring in Respiratory Therapy. The course begins with the study of the sciences and how they relate to the respiratory system and to respiratory care. An in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system is also included. Students will be expected to learn Medical Terminology in a self-study format. Students will learn the indications and complications with administering medical gases to patients. Acid base balance within the body will be presented. The history of the field of Respiratory Care will be discussed.
Students are guided and directed by an instructor in the laboratory. This reinforces the principles taught utilizing the laboratory approach. Assignments applying the principles of physics and chemistry essential to respiratory care will be performed in the stimulation lab. Models and computer simulation will be utilized when appropriate.

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

Discuss and apply the principles of the physical sciences as they relate to Respiratory Care.
Discuss the principles of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology and apply in the clinical situation.
Describe acid-base physiology and compensatory mechanisms and apply the knowledge in clinical situations.
Discuss the concepts of team approach and patient-therapist interactions and apply the concepts in clinical situations.
Recall the history and purpose of the field of Respiratory Therapy.
Discuss the legal and ethical concepts as they relate to the field of Respiratory Care.
Discuss how oxygen is manufactured and stored.
Discuss the indications and complications involved in oxygen administration.
Administer medical gas therapy utilizing the appropriate equipment for the patients medical condition.
Ensure the accurate delivery of medical gas concentrations.
Troubleshoot medical gas delivery devices.
Communicate using medical terminology.

Completion of any algebra based math course: MAT 100 or above, (not including MAT 120 or MAT 131, MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 210) with a grade of “C” or better.
DCCC Placement test scores for Math Placement into MAT 135 or above.
Successful completion of the College Algebra CLEP exam (College Level Examination Program)
Transfer of credit from another regionally accredited institution of a “C” or better in a math course equivalent to MAT 100 or above, (not including MAT 120 or MAT 121, MAT 125, MAT 126, MAT 210)

This course must have been completed within 5 years of starting RTH 110.

Credit Hours: 8
Lecture Hours: 60
Lab Hours: 120

Course Prerequisites: CHE 110 with C or better, ENG 100 with C or better, MAT 100or MAT 128 with grade C or better or placement into MAT 135or higher