Respiratory Therapy

Courses

Respiratory Therapy-2023/2024

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
RESP-1026Health & Safety in Disease Prevention3
The purpose of this course is to introduce students in the Respiratory Therapy program to pathogenic and physiological processes and their role in disease transmission. The students will also gain a general overview of relevant health and safety practices related to respiratory care. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
ANAT-1029Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 14
This course focuses on specialized concepts of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology. It emphasizes the hierarchical organization of the human body, the intimate relationship between structure and function, and the homeostatic regulation of organ systems. The course is offered in two parts and provides the theoretical underpinnings for the study of applied disciplines such as pathophysiology and pharmacology.
RESP-1018Theory of Equipment4
This course introduces the student to the primary equipment used within the field of respiratory care. Subject matter includes in-depth analysis of equipment and therapies such as oxygen therapy and medical gas administration. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-1023Professional Issues in Respiratory Care2
This course introduces students to various professional issues confronting health care providers in today's world. Topics of concern to the Respiratory Therapist such as professional behaviour, professional associations, maintaining practice competency, communication, documentation and legal standards are discussed in the large group setting. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-1029Clinical Applications 11.5
This course allows the student to perform practical applications of respiratory equipment, procedures, and patient care as learned in RESP-1018 in a safe simulation environment. The emphasis will be on therapeutic interventions and procedures to enhance and include the health and safety of the patient and therapist. The course will focus on medical gas administration, oxygen therapy, home oxygen therapy, humidification devices, aerosol therapy, inhaled medication administration, and gastric suction. The delivery of this course will incorporate practical skills stations, case based learning and high fidelity simulations to encourage critical thinking and team-based management. The student will conscientiously ensure that their practice falls within professional legal boundaries along with continued enhancement of concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication, problem-solving and health and safety. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. The format for this course delivery is within the simulated respiratory laboratory setting, and therefore, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
CHEM-1107Physiological Chemistry2
This course introduces the student to the fundamental chemical principles required to understand the concepts presented. Emphasis will be placed on the chemistry of fluid and electrolyte balance and maintenance of acid base balance within the fluid compartments of the human body. Subject matter includes in-depth analysis of all concepts presented as outlined in the Detailed Content section. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
HLTH-1101Research Principles: Intro3
This is an introductory course into the process and principles of research. Topics will include the purpose of research in health care, the research process, research paradigms, systematic review, reporting research, knowledge translation, and ethics in research. The student will learn about the components and theories of research, how the theories have changed over time, and through scientific methods, how research can impact their life and practice. This course will also discuss the importance of health care administration; relating to financial concerns of health care, such as public funding, health insurance and managing hospital practice in accordance with a budget. Topics such as assuring compliance with national and provincial regulations and delivery of high quality patient care will also be discussed. Delivery will include large and small group discussion; article critiquing, literature reviews and presentations of scientific articles.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ANAT-3005Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology 23
This course focuses on specialized concepts of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology. The course is offered in two parts and provides the theoretical underpinnings for the study of applied disciplines such as pathophysiology and pharmacology. This concludes the study of the structure and function of the respiratory system and continues with a detailed examination of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system. Interrelated function among body systems and the role of homeostasis will be emphasized.
RESP-3012Assessments in Respiratory Care4
This course introduces students to the relevant information related to the knowledge and skills needed for the Respiratory Therapist to be competent at Patient Assessment and Arterial Blood Gas interpretation. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
HLTH-3057Systemic Pathophysiology4
This course will allow the student to differentiate between the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders of the renal, cardiac, central nervous, musculoskeletal and endocrine systems. Pathophysiology, etiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations and treatment of specified acute and chronic disorders will be discussed incorporating case-based scenarios and analysis and problem solving as outlined in the Detailed Content section. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF), which details the competencies as, required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-3014Therapeutic Airway Interventions3
This course introduces the student to the equipment, assessment and therapeutic techniques used in the management of a patient's airway. Subject matter includes in-depth analysis of all concepts presented as outlined in the Detailed Content section. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities(MTCU)Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-3025Clinical Applications 22
In this course students will progress their knowledge and skill of respiratory therapy equipment, procedures, and patient care. The emphasis will be on therapeutic interventions and procedures to enhance and include the health and safety of the patient and therapist. The focus of this course will include airway management, airway clearance techniques, tracheostomy management, patient assessment, patient interviewing, and blood gas sampling. The delivery of this course will incorporate practical skills stations, case based learning and high fidelity simulations to encourage critical thinking and team-based management. The student will conscientiously ensure that their practice falls within professional legal boundaries along with continued enhancement of concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication, problem-solving and health and safety. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. The format for this course delivery is within the simulated respiratory laboratory setting, and therefore, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-1024Principles of Mechanical Ventilation3
The course starts with acquainting the student with the acute care environment, specifically the intensive care unit (ICU) and reasons why patients are in need of mechanical ventilation. There will be in-depth discussion about the physical characteristics of the ventilator used in the acute and chronic care settings and how they respond to the patient's ever changing lung conditions. Ventilator modes and adjunctive techniques on mechanical ventilators will be explained.The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.

Level 3
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PHRM-1058Pharmacology-Intro2
This course covers basic pharmacology concepts and common therapeutic agents used by respiratory therapists. Topics include principles of drug activity, interaction, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics pharmacotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceutical calculations. The course also introduces the basics of airway immunology, histology, and remodeling as they relate to pulmonary pharmacology and patient care. Drug classes having a direct impact on respiratory therapy will be studied in detail. The didactic competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will reference the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework ( NCF 2016 ) which details the competencies as required for national credentialing and entry to practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-1019Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics & Procedures3
This course provides an in-depth study of the basis and rationale behind the diagnosis, testing and treatment of cardiopulmonary and associated disorders. Emphasis is placed on invasive and non-invasive cardiac and pulmonary diagnostic procedures and equipment. Concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication, problem solving and health and safety are emphasized. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-5018Principles of Anesthesia3
This course introduces students to the respiratory therapist's duties in the operating room. Topics covered include the operation, maintenance and safe patient application of anesthetic equipment. This course provides the student with an entry to practice understanding of commonly used medications during anesthesia. The course is designed in a way to encourage students understanding and aspects of care from the time a patient enters the operating room to the time they are transferred to the recovery room. This includes pre-induction, induction, maintenance and emergence. Subject matter includes in-depth analysis of all concepts presented as outlined in the Detailed Content section. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is a didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-3017Orientation to Clinical Experience 12
This is the first of two courses that allows the student to become familiar with the role of the Respiratory Therapist within the health care team, as well as, expectations of students within the team. This course assumes a hybrid delivery format which includes experiential learning within the clinical setting, face-to-face and online enhancement. Concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication and problem-solving and health and safety are emphasized. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-3026Clinical Applications 32.5
In this course students will progress their knowledge and skill of respiratory therapy equipment and patient care. The focus will be on therapeutic interventions and procedures to enhance and include the health and safety of the patient and therapist. The competency focus will be on introduction, setup, initiation and maintenance of both non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation, setup, troubleshoot and utilize anesthesia equipment, assess and provide appropriate therapeutic intervention for pre, post and intraoperative patients, utilize a variety of different tools to assess and interpret pulmonary and cardiac function. The delivery of this course will incorporate practical skills stations, case based learning and high fidelity simulations to encourage critical thinking and team-based management . The student will conscientiously ensure that their practice falls within professional legal boundaries along with continued enhancement of concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication, problem-solving and health and safety. Subject matter includes in-depth analysis of all concepts presented as outlined in the Detailed Content section. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-3022Applications for Mechanical Ventilation4
This course is a continuation of RESP-1024 and covers in detail ventilation modes and adjunctive techniques for invasive and non-invasive ventilation. Complications associated with positive pressure ventilation will also be discussed in depth. Ventilation in non-critical care environment such as the patient's home and long term care facilities will be discussed. The didactic competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will reference the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF 2016 ) which details the competencies as required for national credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
HLTH-5007Pathophysiology 2-Adv3
This course will allow the student to differentiate between the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders of the pulmonary system as they relate to Respiratory Therapy. Pathophysiology, etiology, diagnosis, clinical manifestations and treatment of specified acute and chronic disorders will be discussed incorporating case-based scenarios and analysis and problem solving. Subject matter includes in-depth analysis of all concepts presented as outlined in the Detailed Content section. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PHRM-5001Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology3
Building from the principles learned in Introduction to Pharmacology course, students will be introduced to the clinical application of drugs that have a direct relationship with the cardiopulmonary system. Drugs used in the management of cardiopulmonary disease will be investigated, with attention paid to the clinical indications, pharmacologic activity, route of administration, adverse side effects and therapeutic assessment. Students will also be introduced to drugs used for the management of life-threatening cardiac events that align with current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) guidelines. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry to practice. It is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-5017Neonatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care4
This course will provide students with respiratory care concepts related to the neonatal and pediatric patient. Content will focus on maternal, fetal, neonatal, and pediatric cardiopulmonary disorders. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the pathophysiology, therapeutic interventions, airway management, and invasive and non-invasive mechanical ventilation strategies. Students will also gain knowledge in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
HLTH-5023Community Health & Wellness2
This course provides an overview of health care trends and systems related to health issues seen in the community. In this course, students will learn about all aspects of community health and wellness emphasizing health promotion and assessment as they apply to respiratory therapy. Students will apply community health concepts and theories at both an individual/family level and at a level of population health. Students' will identify the roles, skills and competencies of the community health respiratory therapist. Subject matter includes in-depth analysis of all concepts presented as outlined in the Detailed Content section. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) as well as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Respiratory Therapy Vocational Learning Outcomes which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry-to-practice. While the format for this course delivery is didactic classroom setting, it is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.
RESP-5020Orientation to Clinical Experience 22
This course is a continuation from level 3 and will facilitate the student in preparation for clinical practicum placements including finalization of hospital requirements. This course will assume a hybrid delivery format which may include experiential learning in a clinical setting, face-to-face and online enhancement. Concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication, analysis and problem-solving and health and safety will be emphasized.
RESP-5026Clinical Applications 41.5
This is the fourth and final clinical applications course. The student will continue to progress with developing their practical skills, adaptive performance and critical thinking in preparation for clinical practicums. Through an interactive delivery this course will allow the SRT time to focus on decision making with respect to patients (Adult, Pediatric and Neonatal) needing invasive mechanical ventilation and non-invasive mechanical ventilation. In this course the SRT will also focus on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation skills in adult, pediatric and neonatal demographics.
RESP-3021Clinical Simulation Activity1
This course simulates the experiences and environment of working as a Respiratory Therapist in the clinical setting. The student will participate in a variety of adult, neonatal and pediatric high-fidelity simulations with the expectation of enhancing assessment, prioritization, clinical judgment/intervention, documentation and fundamental psychomotor skills. The student will gain an understanding of how to technically and clinically manage a patient scenario. The student will conscientiously ensure that their practice falls within professional legal boundaries along with continued enhancement of concepts pertaining to professionalism, communication, problem solving and health and safety. The student will utilize reflective practice and use critical thinking skills in problem solving and decision making to ensure quality patient care.
RESP-5025Comprehensive Respiratory Management4
The purpose of this course is to provide the students an opportunity to build on previously studied concepts, foundational knowledge and patient care. The course will enable the student to apply critical thinking skills to develop an adaptable proficiency required to progress and relate key respiratory care concepts.

Level 5
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RESP-1021Clinical Theory 17
The first of three clinical theory courses, this course provides the student the opportunity to build on previously studied theory and to begin to combine and organize all previous program knowledge. The focus of this course as outlined in the detailed content is to reinforce areas of the national competency profile in preparation for clinical practice.
RESP-1022Clinical Practicum 113.5
The first of three clinical practicum courses, this course provides the student the opportunity to apply and engage previously studied theory knowledge and skills in a supervised clinical setting. The student will observe and participate in the daily activities of respiratory therapists in the practice of respiratory therapy. The student will be introduced to different clinical procedures while under the supervision of a site clinical coordinator and staff respiratory therapists. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry to practice. It is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.

Level 6
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RESP-3019Clinical Theory 27
The second of three clinical theory courses, this course provides a continuing opportunity for SRT's to build on previously studied theory and to continue to combine and organize all previous program knowledge. The focus of this course as outlined in the detailed content is to reinforce areas of the national competency profile in preparation for clinical practice.
RESP-3020Clinical Practicum 213.5
The second of three clinical practicum courses, this course provides the student the opportunity to apply and engage previously studied theory knowledge and skills in a supervised clinical setting. The student will observe and participate in the daily activities of respiratory therapists as they rotate through various practice settings building on their knowledge and skills obtained in Clinical Practicum I. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 Respiratory Therapy National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry to practice. It is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.

Level 7
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
RESP-5022Clinical Theory 313
The third of three clinical theory courses, this course provides a continuing opportunity for students to build on previously studied theory and to continue to combine and organize all previous program knowledge.The student will complete a series of adult, neonatal and pediatric case study exercises with the expectation of enhancing assessment, prioritization, clinical judgment and intervention skills. Students will apply objective clinical data into a treatment plan that is based on a valid assessment.
RESP-5023Clinical Practicum 327.75
The third of three clinical practicum courses, this course provides the student the opportunity to apply and engage previously studied theory knowledge and skills in a supervised clinical setting. The student will observe and participate in the daily activities of respiratory therapists in the practice of respiratory therapy. The student will be introduced to different clinical procedures while under the supervision of a site clinical coordinator and staff respiratory therapists over 20 weeks for a total of 550 hours. The competencies as taught, reinforced and evaluated will follow the 2016 National Competency Framework (NCF) which details the competencies as required for credentialing and entry to practice. It is expected that the student will conduct themselves in a professional manner as outlined in the Program Policies and Program Description.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 9 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 2, 3 and 4

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 43 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

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