RT 6005 Clinical Cardiopulmonary Physiology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours per week. A study of cardiopulmonary function as an introduction to understanding the pathophysiology of disease states. This course includes study of respiratory physiology, cardiac and circulatory function with relevant clinical application of concepts.

RT 6020 Basic Life Support Instructor Course
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites BLS certification or RT 1010
Description

An AHA certified course to complete certification for BLS Instructor. Instruction techniques to include adult, pediatric and infant resuscitation and foreign body airway obstruction. Students receive certification after successful completion of course and monitoring of BLS instruction in RT 1010.

RT 6025 Patient Evaluation
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description

A study of procedures for laboratory and clinical evaluation of the respiratory and critical care patient concentrating on inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.

RT 6027 Pulmonary Diseases
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description

RT 6005, RT 6025, RT 6111, RT 6050.
A study of the pathophysiology, clinical signs and symptoms, diagnosis, management and prognosis of acute and chronic pulmonary diseases, with an emphasis on respiratory care. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Respiratory Therapy majors.

RT 6030 Pulmonary Function Diagnostics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the graduate program and completion of R[T 6005], RT 6025, RT 6111, and RT 6050
Description

A study of pulmonary diagnostic techniques, with an emphasis on pulmonary function testing and interpretation.

RT 6040 Respiratory Care Pharmacology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description

RT 6005, RT 6111, RT 6025 and RT 6050.
A study of pharmacological agents used in the treatment of cardiopulmonary disease and critical care, with an emphasis on inhaled bronchoactive aerosols.

RT 6050 Clinical Practice I
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description

Four hours of clinical for four weeks. A preparation for and introduction to the hospital environment. Emphasis is placed on basic life support, introduction to the clinical affiliate, and medical gas therapy.

RT 6051 Clinical Practice IIPrerequisites:
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Entry into graduate RT program, RT 6005, RT 6111, RT 6025, RT 6050
Description

This is sixteen-hours of clinical practice per week and one hour of lecture.
Clinical experience is provided in basic respiratory care procedures. The integration of equipment and patient care are emphasized. Case presentations are required to integrate clinical and classroom theory.

RT 6052 Clinical Practice III
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of RT 6050 and RT 6051
Description

Clinical Practice III. Five hours of clinical per week, one hour of lecture. Clinical experience is provided in the pulmonary function laboratory and in the intensive care setting to refine skills introduced in Clinical I and II. Case presentations are required to integrate clinical and classroom theory.

RT 6111 Respiratory Care Procedures I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description

A study of respiratory care treatment and support modalities, with associated equipment. Emphasis is placed on understanding application to patient situations, assessment of care, and principles of operation of equipment.

RT 6112 Respiratory Care Procedures II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program; RT 6111, RT 6005, RT 6025 and RT 6050.
Description

A study of respiratory care treatment and support modalities, with associated equipment. Emphasis is placed on understanding application to patient situations, assessment of care, and principles of operation of equipment. A Continuation of RT 6111.

RT 7010 Teaching Practicum
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours per week.
This course provides supervised experience in organizing and teaching lecture, laboratory, and clinical courses at the undergraduate level in a respiratory therapy program.

RT 7011 Ventilatory Support I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Admission into RT program
Description

A study of methods of mechanical ventilatory support, including physiology and patient management, as well as equipment.

RT 7012 Mechanical Ventilation II
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program, RT 7011.
Description

A study of methods of mechanical ventilatory support, including physiology and patient management, as well as equipment. This course is a continuation of RT 7011.

RT 7020 Advanced Clinical Preceptorship
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Eight lab hours per week.
This course provides clinical experience in pulmonary and critical care, under the direct preceptorship of a practicing pulmonologist, or other approved physician, with emphases on both in-patient and out-patient diagnosis, assessment, management, and procedures.

RT 7030 Advanced Mechanical Ventilation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the Graduate RT Program
Description

Advanced study in methods of mechanical ventilatory support. Patient assessment by advanced monitoring is stressed, with attention to patient ventilator interactions, optimization of ventilatory support, and weaning of marginal patients. New ventilation technology and modes of support are discussed.

RT 7040 Clinical Application of Ventilation Waveforms
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into graduate program
Description

An overview to interpretation of ventilation waveforms, providing an understanding of how ventilation waveforms are generated and how to interpret them. Topics will include pressure, volume and flow scalars, pressure and flow-volume loops, common ventilator modes, monitoring pressure and volume ventilation, common clinical findings, neonatal applications and end-tidal carbon dioxide waveforms. Case study review and clinical application with real time ventilator demonstration will be emphasized in the course.

RT 7050 Statistical Research II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program, [HHS 6000].
Description

This is the second course for research in the health sciences. Emphasis will be placed on methods and principals, as well as statistical techniques utilized in modern research in the health sciences.

RT 7051 Clinical Practice IV
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program. RT 6050, RT 6051 and RT 6052
Sixteen hours of clinical per week, one hour of lecture. A third course in the sequence of clinical rotations which provides instruction and experience in the adult critical care setting. Case presentations are required to integrate clinical and classroom theory.

RT 7052 Clinical Practice III
Credit Hours 5.0
Prerequisites Prior courses in program sequence
Description

Clinical experience is divided into neonatal and pediatric care, and adult critical care. Alternate sites for respiratory care practice are possible, if a student desires.

RT 7055 Clinical Applications in Sleep Medicine
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides a basic introduction into sleep medicine and technology. Patient hookup procedures, sleep diagnostic equipment, EEG waveform recognition that make up a polysomnogram, recognition of various sleep problems and titration of therapy to treat those sleep abnormalities will be covered. Sleep clinics will be visited with students demonstrating skills in performance of a sleep study and the duties of a sleep technician including reading, scoring, and reporting a sleep study. Both adult and pediatric sleep disorders will be covered.

RT 7070 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites RT 1010 or BLS
Description

Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course is designed to develop the participant’s proficiency in providing care in a cardiorespiratory arrest. This course is offered over a seven-week period to allow for understanding of pathophysiology and the assimilation of the knowledge to carry out skills required in emergent circumstances.

RT 7075 Patient Care Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Prior course work in the RT program
Description

An analysis of patient care management strategies for the respiratory therapist. Patient assessment and critical care management topics will be emphasized.

RT 7080 Pediatric Respiratory Care
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description

A study of respiratory care treatment and support modalities, with associated equipment. Emphasis is placed on understanding application to patient situations, assessment of care, and principles of operation of equipment.

RT 7081 Neonatal Respiratory Care
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Prior course work in the RT program
Description

The processes of growth and development relating to respiratory care from the fetus to the infant will be discussed. Techniques of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment will be utilized to enable he student to develop the processes needed to combine physiological function with care modalities.

RT 7085 Professional Practice: From Current Trends to Extended Care
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description

An analysis of the current professional environment and the role of the respiratory therapist in that atmosphere. An overview of concepts, procedures, and long-term care and how the respiratory therapist’s role is impacted interacting between the acute care facility and self-administered care in the patient’s home is emphasized. Other topics include medical ethics, smoking cessation and sleep medicine. The emphasis may vary. Serves as one of the two Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) courses required of all Respiratory Therapy majors.

RT 7090 Seminar in Respiratory Care
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Three lecture hours per week. This course will address the newer and emerging technology specific to the cardiopulmonary system. The course will review research and journal articles which address new trends in respiratory care.

RT 7095 Special Problems in Respiratory Care
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An in-depth review of the literature on selected topics in respiratory care, resulting in the preparation of a detailed proposal for further study.

RT 7096 End of Life Issues
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites First year and 2nd year Respiratory Therapy courses
Description

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of death and dying in United States. The growing need for quality palliative care, current gaps in care, and the scope of palliative care will be discussed in an attempt to introduce the student to current end-of-life issues.

RT 7950 Directed Readings
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into RT graduate program
Description
RT 7980 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

Directed research in collaboration with a faculty member. For graduate assistants. Does not count towards degree requirements.

RT 7995 Directed Studies in Respiratory Care
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Note: A minimum of six hours must be taken. Individual study of a selected topic under the guidance of a major adviser, resulting in the production of an original paper. This course serves as an alternative to the thesis option for Respiratory Care students in the master’s degree program in Allied Health Professions.

RT 7999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Individual study of a selected topic under the direction of the student’s major professor. A minimum of six hours must be taken. .

RT 8020 Neurobiology of Sleep
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Acceptance into a graduate program at Georgia State University
Description

Participants in this course will gain knowledge of contemporary theories regarding why humans need to sleep and the neural mechanisms contributing to the states of sleep and wakefulness. An emphasis will be placed upon the analysis of perturbations within specific neurotransmitter systems may manifest as sleep related disorders. The application and evaluation of pharmacological interventions used to normalize activity within those neural pathways will be covered.