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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. Please see course descriptions for module schedule and consult the Health Science Center Academic Calendar.


HAT 210 Introduction to Respiratory Care
1 credit fall or spring semester

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.


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: Upper division Respiratory Care or Polysomnographic Technology 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: Upper division Respiratory Care or Polysomnographic Technology program.


HAT 309 Communication Skills for Health Care Professionals
2 credits, modules 1-2

Provide the student with an understanding of the importance of effective communication by a health care professional.  Through lecture, discussion, and role playing, in large and small groups, students will learn appropriate verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills to improve interactions with patients, families, various members of the health care team, and the greater community.


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 306


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. Lecture.

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: Upper division Respiratory Care or Polysomnographic Technology 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.

Prerequisite: HAT 331



HAT 335 Medical Ethics
3 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 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 pathophysiologies. 

Prerequisite: HAT 304


HAT 340 Cardiovascular Clinical
2 credits, module 7, 8, or 9

Provides clinical practice in cardiovascular technology, including both invasive and noninvasive techniques. Students will be introduced to clinical EKG's, Holter scanning, stress testing, and general noninvasive cardiography.

Prerequisite: HAT 320


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.

Prerequisites: HAT 331 and HAT 332


HAT 353 Pulmonary Diagnostics Clinical
4 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 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. 

Prerequisites: Upper division Respiratory Care or Polysomnographic Technology program.


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 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, equipment maintenance and cost/benefit analysis where applicable. 

Prerequisites: HAT 320, HAT 332, HAT 420, HAT 431, HAT 432


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

xamines 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. 
Prerequisite: HAT 332


HAT 432 Perinatal Respiratory Care
3 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. Lecture and laboratory.
Prerequisite: HAT 332


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 and 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 470 Polysomnographic Technology I
2 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. 
Prerequisite: HAT 331


HAT 471 Polysomnographic Technology II
2 credits, modules 1-2

Provides training in more advanced aspects of polysomnographic technology.  Students become familiar with the skills and knowledge needed to obtain and evaluate high quality sleep recordings.  Covers all the aspects of sleep scoring and event recognition, recording and monitoring techniques, documentation, professional issues, therapeutic interventions, and patient-technologist interactions related to polysomnographic technology.

Prerequisite: HAT 470


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 476 Polysomnographic Technology II Clinical
2 credits, modules 3, 4, 7, or 8

Provides clinical training in advanced aspects of polysomnographic technology. Familiarizes students with practical aspects of therapeutic intervention, sleep scoring equipment troubleshooting and artifact recognition. 
Prerequisites: HAT 470, HAT 471, HAT 475


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


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


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, HAT 432