Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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RCP 100 Respiratory Care Procedures I
4-3-3 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course introduces the basic concepts of medical gas therapy and bronchial hygiene techniques. Topics of study include aerosol delivery methods, chest physiotherapy, and lung inflation techniques. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Care Practitioner Program or permission of the Program Director.

RCP 106 Pharmacology/Respiratory Care
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course offers a survey of pharmacology with the emphasis on drugs related to cardiopulmonary care. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Care Program or permission of the Program Director/Clinical Director.

RCP 107 Cardiopulm Pathphys I
5-5-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course provides an overview of the pathophysiologic concepts of the cardiopulmonary system. Focus is placed on normal and abnormal physiology and patient assessment techniques used to identify normal and abnormal findings. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Care Program or permission of the Program Director.

RCP 110 Respiratory Care Procedures II
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is designed to prepare the student to perform special clinical procedures. Procedures such as phlebotomy, electrocardiography and spirometry may be covered in this course. Prerequisite: RCP 100, RCP 106, RCP 107 or permission of the Program Director/Clinical Director.

RCP 112 Cardiopulm Pathphys II
3-3-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course presents the pathological changes of the common cardiorespiratory diseases. Prerequisite: RCP 106 and RCP 107 or permission of the Program Director.

RCP 125 Basic Cardiac Life Support
1-1-0 (Lecture/Discussion) A study of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Included within this course is the care of adult, pediatric, and infant patients experiencing respiratory arrest, airway obstruction, and cardiac arrest. Comment: Students may register for this course without being accepted into the RCP program.

RCP 126 Basic Cardiac Life Supp Recert
0.5-0.5-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This course is designed to recertify practitioners in Basic Cardiac Life Support for health care providers (Professional Rescuer CPR). Included within this course is the care of adult, pediatric, and infant patients experiencing respiratory arrest, airway obstruction, and cardiac arrest. Prerequisite: RCP 125 or certificate of completion of a course from the American Heart Association in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) for Health Care Providers. Comment: Students may register for this course without being accepted in the RCP program.

RCP 130 Respiratory Care Sem/Clinic I
9-2-21 (Lecture/Open Lab) The seminar will present the clinical application of routine therapeutic, diagnostic, and rehabilitation procedures. The application of these procedures in the acute care setting, extended care setting, patient's home, and other non-traditional settings will be studied. In this first clinical experience, the student will learn to safely perform routine therapeutic, diagnostic, and rehabilitation procedures. These procedures may be performed in the acute care setting, extended care setting, patient's home, and/or other non-traditional settings. Prerequisite: RCP 110 or permission of the Program Director/Clinical Director.

RCP 200 Respiratory Care Procedure III
4-2.5-4.5 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is an in-depth study of those techniques and concepts used in critical care medicine. Life support techniques, non-invasive monitoring, and patient management are presented. Prerequisite: RCP 130 or permission of the Program Director/Clinical Director required.

RCP 210 Respiratory Care Sem/Clinic II
8-3-15 (Lecture/Open Lab) The seminar will concentrate on the clinical application of those techniques and concepts used in critical care medicine. Life support techniques, non-invasive monitoring, and patient management are presented. This course is the introductory critical care clinical experience in the program. Emphasis is placed on advanced life support systems, physiological monitoring and management of the critically ill patient. Prerequisite: RCP 200 or permission of the Clinical Director required.

RCP 225 Respiratory Care Sem/Clin III
9-2-21 (Lecture/Open Lab) The seminar will discuss the advanced application of those techniques and concepts used in critical care medicine. Advanced Life support systems, invasive and non-invasive monitoring, and critical care patient management are presented. This course is the advanced critical care clinical experience in the program. Emphasis is placed on advanced life support systems, invasive and non-invasive physiological monitoring, and management of the critically ill patient. Prerequisite: RCP 210 and RCP 212 or permission of the Clinical Director.

RCP 230 Contemporary Resp Topics
2-2-0 (Lecture/Discussion) This capstone course presents issues relating to the practice of respiratory care for the graduating practitioner. Topics include board review preparation and clinical practice issues. Prerequisite: Completion of all RCP courses or permission of the Program Director.