HAT-210: Introduction to Respiratory Care

Provides an introduction to the science of respiratory care, sleep technology, and cardiac care. Examines current trends in professional practice. Offers each student the opportunity to research and present a topic concerning the contemporary practice of a respiratory therapist, polysomnographic technologist, or cardiovascular technologist. Designed for lower-division four year respiratory care and polysomnographic technology majors. This course is not eligible for the G/P/NC option. Open to west campus students.


Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of the respiratory care practitioner in today’s health care delivery system.
  • Describe the scope of practice of the respiratory care practitioner.
  • Outline the specialty areas available in professional practice.
  • Prepare a written and oral presentation of their clinical field experience.
  • Scope of Practice
  • Physical Assessment
  • Polysomnographic Technology
  • Pulmonary Diagnostic Testing
  • Life on a Mechncial Ventiltor
  • Neonatal/Pediatric Care
  • Cardiac Physiology Monitoring
  • Cardopulmonary Rehabilitation