The bachelor’s in Respiratory Therapy from UC can help you build on your associate-level respiratory care knowledge and gain the skills necessary to advance your career into management, advanced clinical practice or graduate study. As an accelerated program, the degree can be completed in as few as 20 months (5 semesters) of part-time online study.
(28 credit hours)
RSTH 3001 – Ethics of Respiratory Therapy
This interdisciplinary course considers ethical theories and principles applicable to the allied health professions with a focus on respiratory therapy. Using scholarly inquiry, including case studies, students will analyze ethical dilemmas that may occur in their professional roles as respiratory specialists. Students will address ethical and legal issues in diverse socioeconomic and cultural situations.
RSTH 3004 – Community Health Problems and Practices
This course focuses on determinants of the health of individuals and the challenges faced by communities as they work to improve their residents’ health. The student will develop plans to maximize the use of community resources to address both acute and chronic respiratory conditions.
RSTH 3002 – Healthcare Documentation and Communication
This course is designed to improve writing competence as a health care leader, clinician or educator. Focus will be on the construction, evaluation and organization of written communication in the health care setting with an emphasis on respiratory therapy. Topics include written medical documentation, article and proposal
RSTH 3010 – Integration of Delivery of Respiratory Therapy
The course provides students with an overview of how the health care system works in the United States. Specifically, the focus is the role of the respiratory therapist within the health care system. The differences between public and private health care insurance will be evaluated throughout the course. Students can gain insight into health care from both a clinical and management perspective. The course seeks to provide the student with the tools to function more efficiently as part of an integrated health care team.
RSTH 3065 – Caregiving in the Respiratory Therapy Professions
This course aims to develop expertise in the science and art of caregiving from the health care professional’s perspective. Students will study age-specific care issues, culturally specific caregiving, compassion fatigue, family interaction and family-centered care, and death and dying. Caregiving issues directly related to patients with respiratory disease will be emphasized.
RSTH 3040 – Management in Respiratory Therapy
This course will focus on the basics of health care management, including budgeting and financial management, data management, managing in clinical settings and resource utilization. Respiratory therapy students will learn how to assess health care information systems and database management systems.
RSTH 3050 – Aging and Respiratory Therapy
This course provides respiratory therapy students with an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of gerontology. Topics include theories of aging, health and illness in later life, diversity and aging, and bio-psycho/social and spiritual aspects of growing old. Respiratory therapy content includes the biology of aging on lung function and working with older patients with multiple impairments.
RSTH 3080 – Disease Management/Patient Education
Students in this course can learn to communicate with patients regarding their disease state. By developing a detailed knowledge of respiratory disease and treatment options, future practitioners should be prepared to counsel and advise patients on how to deal with their disease through the use of diet, exercise, medication regimes, etc.
RSTH 4060 – Introduction to Respiratory Therapy Research
Respiratory therapy students in this course can learn to develop skills needed to conduct basic research in health care settings. Topics include development of a research construct. Students can learn to develop and narrow a research topic by demographic and variables. In addition, students can learn how to search for peer-reviewed sources and develop literature reviews. Students can learn about populations and sampling, and the importance of institutional review boards when conducting research.
(22 credit hours)
RSTH 4001 – Research Methods and Analysis
Students will review basic statistical models and inference applied to problems in health care, with an emphasis on respiratory therapy. Students can develop an understanding of research protocols and evaluation, critically analyze research data, and develop skills in interpreting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative research in respiratory therapy. Topics include IRBs and clinical trials.
RSTH 4050 – Advanced Respiratory Therapy/Leadership & Project Management
This course focuses on strategic, operational and project management topics in the health care/respiratory therapy field, with an emphasis on increasing efficiency and quality of care. Topics include allocating staff and resources effectively, assessing financial and regulatory implications from a business perspective, leading and motivating effective teams, and developing, negotiating and managing comprehensive programs.
RSTH 4070 – Specialty Respiratory Therapy Internship [Clinical Observation]
This internship focuses on specialty disciplines within the respiratory therapy profession that can potentially foster an interest for the student to sit for one of the NBRC’s or its affiliates’ specialty exams (NPS, CPFT, RPFT, SDS, ACCS, or AE-C). The course is designed to promote interest for RRTs in the specialty practices of respiratory therapy. The practicum design and placement will be determined by the student’s interest area (neonatal, pediatrics, sleep disorders, asthma, diagnostics or critical care). Students will perform 20 hours of clinical observation in their chosen specialty of respiratory therapy. The clinical observation can be performed at the student’s place of employment as long as it is a specialty area in which the student does not currently work and occurs during non-working hours. Paid work time cannot count as observation time.
RSTH 5001 – Respiratory Therapy Capstone
This culminating course requires senior-level respiratory therapy students to develop a proposal and complete a project or research paper based upon one of their areas of interest (Disease Management, Leadership and Project Management, or Education and Research). Presentations of completed papers or projects will be delivered by the student to selected respiratory therapy managers/specialists at a predetermined site or at a poster presentation at a research symposium.