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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

RESP 1761: Cardiopulmonary Anatomy, Physiology and Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

This course provides the background knowledge and concepts of respiratory system anatomy, cardiopulmonary physiology, and foundations of mechanical ventilation that students require to progress in the comprehensive curriculum of Respiratory Therapy. Selected cardiovascular system anatomy curriculum is included. Cardiac and pulmonary physiological processes are related to cardiopulmonary disease and clinical practice at an introductory level. The foundations of mechanical ventilation including lung mechanics, various modes and adjuncts applied during mechanical ventilation are explored. A prerequisite knowledge of basic anatomy is assumed for this course.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the basic respiratory anatomy and physiology related to spontaneous ventilation.
  • Provide an overview of ventilation and its control.
  • Discuss lung volumes and gas flow.
  • Describe pulmonary gas exchange and circulation.
  • Explain ventilation perfusion and gas exchange.
  • Describe the clinical application of mechanical ventilators in the process of mechanical ventilation.

Course topics

  • Module A: Basic Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology.
  • Module B: Overview of Ventilation.
  • Module C: Pulmonary Circulation and Gas Diffusion.
  • Module D: Pulmonary Gas Exchange and Circulation.
  • Module E: Neural Control of Ventilation.
  • Module F: Ventilation-Perfusion and Arterial Blood Gases.
  • Module G: Cardiovascular Function and Hemodynamic Measurement.
  • Module H: Mechanical Ventilation and Ventilators.
  • Module I: Volume Targeted Ventilation.
  • Module J: Pressure Targeted Ventilation.
  • Module K: Mechanical Ventilation Calculations.

Required text and materials

The following material is required for this course:

  1. Beachey, W. (2023). Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology (5th ed.). Mosby Elsevier.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9780323757034


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Midterm Exam 1 25%
Midterm Exam 2 25%
Final Mandatory Exam 50%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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