St. Catherine University's respiratory care department prepares students for advanced-level practice as respiratory therapists. As members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and manage patients of all ages with respiratory illnesses and other cardiopulmonary disorders. In addition to performing therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, respiratory therapists promote cardiopulmonary wellness, disease prevention and management; provide patient, family and community education; participate in life-support activities and are involved in clinical decision-making.
Respiratory care students at St. Catherine University will develop skills to assume leadership positions within the profession. The advanced-level respiratory therapy knowledge and patient care skills acquired will be comprehensive, holistic and ethical.
The respiratory care faculty are highly qualified and utilize various teaching methodologies in presenting course content. The emphasis of faculty expertise is in the areas of critical care, biomedical ethics, pulmonary diagnostics and administration. Respiratory care faculty members are active in medical and community settings and in national professional organizations.
RESP 1160 Respiratory Patient Care and Assessment — 2 credits
The course emphasizes respiratory care specific assessment and patient care skills, such as auscultation, basic pulmonary function testing and arterial blood gas interpretation. This course includes onsite orientation to the healthcare system and patient care unit. It also provides opportunities for supervised clinical practice of the skills and techniques learned in INDI 1150 as well as routine oxygen, aerosol and humidity therapy (as learned in RESP 2100 and RESP 2200).
Prerequisites: RESP 2100, INDI 1150 (C or Better grades) and current certification in AHA CPR for HCPs.
Corequisite: RESP 2200.
RESP 2100 Introduction to Respiratory Care — 4 credits
This course introduces students to the historical development of the profession of respiratory care and the evolution of the role of the respiratory therapist. Specific components of the professional role are presented in the context of the Standards and Guidelines for the Profession of Respiratory Care and the Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Respiratory Therapists. Teaching-learning principles and considerations related to patient/practitioner safety issues are addressed. Theory and psychomotor skills relating to oxygen, aerosol and humidity therapy are practiced in conjunction with beginning clinical decision-making skills.
Prerequisites: Admission to the major.
RESP 2200 Respiratory Therapeutics — 4 credits
This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills in basic respiratory care. Principles and practice related to airway care, chest physiotherapy and mechanical aids to lung expansion are addressed.
Prerequisite: RESP 2100.
Corequisite: INDI 1160 or RESP 1160.
RESP 3100 Principles of Ventilation — 4 credits
The focus of this course is mechanical ventilation theory and techniques using various adult ventilators. Blood gas interpretation and its relationship to respiratory care are addressed using lecture/discussion and computer-assisted instruction modules. Intervention strategies used in the management of critically ill patients on life-support are presented, as are advanced skills in pulmonary function diagnostic testing. Critical analysis and problem-solving skills are practiced using patient management situations and case scenarios. Ethical issues related to the management and respiratory care of critically ill patients are discussed.
Prerequisites: RESP 2200, BIOL 2200, BIOL 2510, BIOL 2520 with a minimum grade of C.
Co-requisites: RESP 3110, RESP 3120.
RESP 3110 Clinical Applications I — 2 credits
This clinical experience focuses on clinical applications of gas therapy, chest physiotherapy and hyperinflation techniques with a diverse patient population. Students utilize cognitive, interactive and psychomotor skills in the assessment process. Students travel to clinical experiences one day per week in hospitals and clinics around the Twin Cities. Interpersonal communication skills and cultural sensitivity among you, patient, family and other healthcare team members are emphasized and practiced.
Prerequisites: RESP 2200, current AHA BLS for HCPs, INDI 1150, INDI 1160 or RESP 1160.
Corequisites: RESP 3100, RESP 3120.
RESP 3120 Pathophysiology in Respiratory Care I — 2 credits
This course presents an in-depth overview of advanced cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathology from the medical perspective. Communication skills used to facilitate the coordination of patient care with physicians and other healthcare professionals are emphasized through interaction with pulmonologists and/or other respiratory care experts.
Prerequisites: BIOL 2200, BIOL 2510, BIOL 2520 or permission of the department chair.
Corequisites: RESP 3100, RESP 3110.
RESP 3200W Advanced Respiratory Therapeutics — 4 credits
This course is designed to orient students to hemodynamic monitoring, electrocardiographic interpretation and arrythmia recognition. Neonatal/pediatric respiratory care modalities, including ventilation and monitoring alternatives, are discussed. Research methods in respiratory care are presented in conjunction with a student project. Pulmonary rehabilitation and home care strategies are reviewed with emphasis on patient’s quality of life. Intervention strategies are used to maximize communication with patients. This course is a designated writing intensive course. A variety of writing assignments are incorporated, including a formal research paper in accordance with Respiratory Care Journal publication guidelines.
Prerequisite: RESP 3100 with minimum C grade.
Corequisites: RESP 3210, RESP 3220.
RESP 3210 Clinical Applications II — 4 credits
This course focuses on the clinical application of higher-level skills in the emergency and critical care settings. The primary emphasis of this clinical experience is on the ventilator management of patients across the lifespan (including neonatal, pediatric and adult patient populations). Students travel to clinical experiences two days per week in hospitals and clinics around the Twin Cities. Concepts related to critical thinking, ethics, interpersonal relationships, cultural diversity, and death and dying are integrated and addressed throughout this course. Principles of case management and the holistic assessment of total patient needs are emphasized using bedside patient rounds.
Prerequisites: RESP 3110, INDI 3150, current AHA BLS for HCPs.
Corequisites: RESP 3200W, RESP 3220.
RESP 3220 Pathophysiology In Respiratory Care II — 2 credits
This course is a continuation of RESP 3120. This course presents an in-depth overview of advanced cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathology from the medical perspective. Communication skills used to facilitate the coordination of patient care with physicians and other healthcare professionals are emphasized through interaction with pulmonologists and/or other primary care physicians.
Prerequisite: RESP 3120.
Corequisites: RESP 3200, RESP 3210.
RESP 3310 Clinical Applications III — 6 credits
This is a continuation of RESP 3210 clinical activities. A lecture/discussion component addresses clinical topics and reviews content relevant to national board examinations.
Prerequisites: RESP 3210 with a minimum grade of C, current AHA BLS for HCPs.
RESP 4100 Advanced Critical Care — 4 credits
Using the Advanced Resuscitation and Intervention guidelines from the American Heart Association, emergency cardiovascular care for the adult, pediatric and neonatal patient are addressed. Interpretation of clinical case data promotes evidence-based analysis, critical thinking and clinical decision making in respiratory care. Respiratory care department management structure and responsibilities are discussed with review of standards required for accreditation.
Prerequisites: RESP 3200, RESP 3220, RESP 3310 with a minimum grade of C.
RESP 4110 Clinical Specialty I — 2 credits
Students focus on a specialty option within respiratory care. Specialty options include adult care, pediatric care, neonatal care, management, education, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, hemodynamics, research, polysomnography, pulmonary rehabilitation and home care. Principles of communication, team building, critical analysis, teaching/learning, cultural sensitivity and professional role development are emphasized in each of these areas of clinical focus. Students consult with the program clinical director to make a specialty track selection. This required clinical specialty option may be completed in RESP 4110 or RESP 4210. This course may be taken multiple times in different clinical specialties.
Prerequisites: RESP 3310 and current AHA BLS for HCPs.
RESP 4200W Senior Seminar — 2 credits
This capstone course provides an opportunity for students to refine their knowledge and abilities to access and critically evaluate the professional literature in respiratory care for evidence-based practice. Seminar topics address professional role development as advanced respiratory therapists. Students conduct an in-depth review of current topics and materials in preparation for their comprehensive program examination and national board examination. A student project integrates research methods used in respiratory care.
Prerequisite: RESP 4100 with a minimum grade of C.
RESP 4210 Clinical Specialty II — 2 credits
Students focus on a specialty option within respiratory care. Specialty options include adult care, pediatric care, neonatal care, management, education, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, hemodynamics, research, polysomnography, pulmonary rehabilitation and home care. Principles of communication, team building, critical analysis, teaching/learning, cultural sensitivity and professional role development are emphasized in each of these areas of clinical focus. Students consult with the program clinical director to make a specialty track selection. The required clinical specialty option may be completed in RESP 4110 or RESP 4210. This course may be taken multiple times in different clinical specialties.
Prerequisites: RESP 3310 and current AHA BLS for HCPs.