Course Descriptions for the Respiratory Care Program

HAT courses are given for respiratory care (RC) majors. The courses are sequential and require successful completion of prior courses. Non-RC students may take selected HAT courses (with the exception of clinical courses), with permission of instructor.

The courses in the upper division of the program are given in Modules. Each module is a 5 week block of time. Some courses are only one module, while other courses are given over 2 or more modules.

Junior Year Basic Science and Core Health Professions Courses

HAS 363 Computer Literacy for Health Professionals
Surveys the uses of computers for health practitioners. Offers practical experience in literature database searching and use of applications software.  
1 credit

HAS 351 Research Literacy/Research Design
Prepares students to perform a literature search in their respective disciplines to find scientific and health articles and books in the Health Sciences Center Library. Presents research terminology, methods, and design. Provides basic skills to enhance interpretation, evaluation and analysis of research articles, including the hypothesis, literature review, design, methodology, and data analysis.  
1 credit

HAS 355 Integrative Systems Physiology                            
Introduces students to human integrative systems physiology. Includes exposure to physiological control systems, emphasizes in detail each organ system and how homeostasis is maintained. Includes membrane, muscle, central and peripheral nervous system, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, and endocrine physiology. Presents material and incorporates select examples of pathophysiology to emphasize relevance of material. Students will solidify an understanding of the structures and functions across all systems in the human body under normal conditions and select pathophysiology.  
4 credits

HBA 461 Regional Human Anatomy
An overview of the gross anatomy of the human body. Dissection of the entire human body. Includes neuroanatomy. Associated course fee: $88.00.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor for non-Health Sciences students.
5 credits

HBP 310 Pathology
A study of the basic mechanisms of disease and the pathophysiology of the important human illnesses. Primarily for Health Sciences Center students; others admitted with special permission.
3 credits

Professional Courses Junior Year

HAT 304 Cardiopulmonary Physiology
4 credits, modules 1-2

Presents a detailed study of the physiology of human respiration and circulation. Topics include functional cardiopulmonary anatomy, embryology, ventilation, diffusion, blood flow, gas transport, acid-base states, mechanics and regulation of ventilation and basic cardiac function.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper division Respiratory Care program.

HAT 306 Patient Evaluation
2 credits, modules 3-4

Provides concept of data base, historical information, medical terminology, chief complaint and present illness, and chest physical examination. Applies problem based learning to the study of clinical assessment skills.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper division Respiratory Care program.

HAT 315 Pharmacology
4 credits, modules 3-4

Covers the basic principles that govern the use of drugs in the clinical practice of Respiratory Therapists and Sleep Technologists. Develops specific knowledge for classes of drugs, important distinctions among members of each class, and both their relation to the organ systems they affect and the diseases they treat, including drug dosages and calculations.
Prerequisite: HAT 304

HAT 320 Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Treatment I
3 credits, modules 3-4

Provides the basic cardiac function, practical skills of electrocardiography, diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmias, cardiac medications and noninvasive cardiac diagnostic techniques. Examines theory and practical applications of electrocardiography, exercise stress testing, and Holter monitoring. Includes in-depth study of cardiac anatomy and electrophysiology.
Prerequisite: HAT 304

HAT 330 Pulmonary Pathology
3 credits, modules 5-6

A comprehensive study of the etiology, diagnosis, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, treatment, and prognosis of various types of pulmonary pathologies.
Prerequisite: HAT 304

HAT 331 Respiratory Care Techniques I
3 credits, modules 1-2

Introduces the history and global significance of the practice of respiratory care, including the beginning skills and therapies that are utilized. Major topics include the global history that led to the creation of the profession; the global need to provide quality respiratory care; principles of infection prevention and control; a review of the basic physics of respiratory care; medical gas storage, delivery and therapy; humidity and bland aerosol administration; bedside monitoring; and lung expansion and airway clearance therapies. Laboratory sessions will provide practical experience in the clinical application of the therapeutic modalities discussed.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper division Respiratory Care program.

HAT 332 Respiratory Care Techniques II
3 credits, modules 5-6

Course is second in a four-part sequence. Continues the review of basic therapeutic modalities of respiratory care. Major topics include drug aerosol therapy, airway pharmacology, airway management, and blood gases. Emphasizes the clinical use of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, alternative site care, and disease and disaster management.
Prerequisites: HAT 331

HAT 333 Pulmonary Diagnostic Techniques    
3 credits, modules 5-6

Provides the basic technical skills of pulmonary function testing, including an introduction to the instrumentation and physical principles of clinical measurement; procedures for measuring the lung functions of ventilation, mechanics, diffusion, gas distribution and exchange; and interpretation of tests results and their relation to various pathophysiology’s.
Prerequisite: HAT 304

HAT 470 Polysomnographic Technology I
3 credits, modules 3-4

Designed to provide entry-level personnel with both didactic and laboratory training in polysomnographic technology. Presents medical terminology, instrumentation setup and calibration, recording and monitoring techniques, documentation, professional issues and patient-technologist interactions. Lab sessions will provide practical experience in the skills required of an entry-level polysomnographic technologist.
Prerequisites: HAT 331

Junior Year Clinical Rotations


HAT 350 Basic Respiratory Care Clinical
4 credits module 7, 8, or 9

An introduction to the clinical application of basic respiratory procedures such as oxygen administration, aerosol therapy, positive airway pressure therapy, arterial punctures and other monitoring and diagnostic procedures.
Prerequisite: HAT 331 and HAT 332

HAT 353 Pulmonary Diagnostics Clinical     
2 credits, module 7, 8, or 9

Clinical application of spirometry, diffusion studies, blood gas analysis, flow volume loops, body plethysmography, helium dilution, nitrogen washouts, and bronchodilator responses.
Prerequisite: HAT 333

HAT 475 Polysomnographic Technology I Clinical
2 credits, modules 7, 8, or 9

Provides clinical training in the basics of polysomnographic technology. Familiarizes students with instrumentation setup and calibration, recording and monitoring techniques, documentation, professional issues, and patient-technologist interactions related to polysomnographic technology. Provides patient contact in a sleep lab. Presents opportunity to observe, perform (under supervision) and evaluate sleep studies.
Prerequisite: HAT 470

HAT 487 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical
2 credits, modules 7, 8 or 9

A clinical experience concentrating on program planning and evaluation of patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disorders. Includes discharge planning, rehabilitative services, stress testing, graded exercise and other supportive techniques.
Prerequisites: HAT 320, HAT 332

Senior Year Basic Science and Core Health Professions Courses


HAS 332 Management Concepts for Health Professionals
Addresses the operations within healthcare institutions from macro to micro levels of management. Analyzes the philosophy and significant occurrences affecting healthcare operations in the past, present and future. The divisions within healthcare operations (clinical, support and informational services, nursing, finance and ambulatory care) will address the following aspects of management: financial forecasting and monitoring, staffing, employee productivity and morale, customer service, cost containment, decision making and total quality management. Emphasizes hospital operations and presents nursing home and community healthcare center operations. Open to CLS and RC students only.
1 credit

HAS 490 Research Tutorial
An original research project is conducted.
Prerequisite: HAS 351
2 credits

Professional Courses Senior Year


HAT 335 Medical Ethics    
2 credits, modules 5-6

Reviews professional guidelines for ethical conduct and approaches to ethical dilemmas for respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists. Explores ethical issues including the distribution of resources and rationing of services. Examines health care services in the United States and the rights of the U.S. citizen under federal and state health care laws. Discusses physician assisted suicide; terminal weaning; brain death; genetics; cloning and euthanasia; advance directives; confidentiality; informed consent; patient rights; professional conduct; and the legal issues that impact healthcare practice in the United States.
Prerequisite: HAT 331

HAT 410 Introduction to Clinical Education
2 credits, modules 5-6

Introduces clinical teaching to senior students. Modalities include the decision - making process, teaching strategies, classroom management, instructional design, and formative and summative evaluation.

HAT 415 Respiratory Care Techniques IV
2 credits, modules 5-6

Introduces advanced concepts, equipment and procedures used in adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care. Provides students with decision making skills for initiation and management of advanced ventilator technology. Explores functions, clinical applications and troubleshooting of selected advanced instrumentation. Reviews equipment limitations, quality assurance, and equipment maintenance and cost/benefit analysis where applicable.
Prerequisites: HAT 420, HAT 431, HAT 432

HAT 420 Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Treatment II
3 credits, modules 1-2

Examines the theory and practical applications of invasive physiologic monitoring, including metabolic and hemodynamic monitoring, Swan-Ganz catheterization, cardiac output measurement and aseptic technique. Also contains an in-depth study of the etiology, pathology and treatment of advanced cardiac disease, including congenital heart disease.
Prerequisite: HAT 320

HAT 431 Respiratory Care Techniques III
4 credits, modules 1-2

Introduces the concepts of advanced airway management and mechanical ventilation used in the respiratory support of the critically ill patient. Emphasizes the physiological basis for ventilator use, indications for ventilation, parameters monitored during ventilation, and ventilator design, function and clinical application.
Prerequisites: HAT 332

HAT 432 Perinatal Respiratory Care
4 credits, modules 1-2

Examines anatomy, physiology, and pathology relating to management of the neonatal/pediatric patient. Includes analysis of neonatal and pediatric ventilator function in terms of mechanics and suitability in clinical application. Gives students the knowledge and skills needed to perform neonatal resuscitation.
Prerequisite: HAT 332

HAT 490 Independent Study
Variable credits, 1-6, modules to be determined

Proposals for independent study in respiratory care must be submitted through the program director to the Committee on Research and Directed Study for approval prior to registration for this course.

HAT 494 Respiratory Care Board Review
1 credit, module 6

A practical discussion and seminar course that prepares the student to take the national certification and registry examinations. Each student will take self-assessment exams that analyze their technical and clinical skills in the areas of data collection and interpretation, as well as decision making skills. Prerequisites: HAT 420, HAT 431 and HAT 432

Senior Year Clinical Rotations


HAT 411 Clinical Teaching in Respiratory Care
4 credits, module 7 or 8

An extension of HAT 410. Develops skills for senior students to conduct clinical teaching strategies under faculty supervision.
Prerequisite: HAT 410

HAT 450 Critical Care Clinical
5 credits, module 3 or 4

Develops clinical skills in the management of the critical care patient. Includes specialized learning experiences in therapeutic modalities, mechanical ventilation, cardiovascular monitoring and home care ventilation.
Prerequisites: HAT 350, HAT 431

HAT 451 Perinatal Care Clinical
4 credits, modules 3, 4, 7, or 8

Develops clinical skills in the management of pediatric and neonatal critical care patients. Includes specialized learning experiences in therapeutic modalities, mechanical ventilation, and emphasizes specific technical procedures that differ from the adult patient.
Prerequisite: HAT 432

HAT 482 Physiologic Monitoring Clinical
2 credits, modules 3, 4, 7, or 8

Provides a clinical experience in the hemodynamic and metabolic monitoring of patients in critical care units/labs. Covers invasive diagnostic cardiovascular procedures, including cardiac catheterization, intra-arterial pressure monitoring, and indwelling arterial catheter insertion and monitoring.
Prerequisites: HAT 420, HAT 431