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Title Name Delivery
RCAR 1000

 Residential Construction - Foundation

Credits: 1
Students are introduced to theory and gain hands-on experience building a residential home. Topics include: safe work practices, documentation and organizational skills, tools and equipment, survey instruments, performing a site layout, building a concrete framework, framing for residential housing, and building science.

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RESP 1580

 Instrumentation 1 (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3
This course introduces students to a wide variety of Respiratory Therapy equipment. The learner will develop a thorough understanding of the functioning and patient application of the equipment. Areas covered include gas regulators and administration devices, humidifiers and aerosol therapy.

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RESP 1650

 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students focus on the foundations of mechanical ventilation including lung mechanics, various modes and adjuncts applied during mechanical ventilation, and how they interrelate. The course also addresses cardio-pulmonary physiology as it relates to mechanical ventilation, and provides the background a student requires to progress into the mechanical ventilators course.

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RESP 1680

 Instrumentation 2 (3,0,6)(L)

Credits: 3
A continuation of RESP 1580, including controlled environments, oxygen controlling devices, artificial airways, resuscitators, oxygen analyzers, non-invasive monitors, volume and flow measuring devices, suction, quality assurance and time unit management.

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RESP 1690

 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology (4,0,0)

Credits: 3
This course provides background knowledge and concepts of respiratory system anatomy and cardiopulmonary physiology 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.
Corequisite: BIOL 1590 or equivalent

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RESP 1761

 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy, Physiology and Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

Credits: 3
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 is explored. A prerequisite knowledge of basic anatomy is assumed for this course.
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Distance
RESP 1781

 Principles and Applications of Respiratory Therapy Equipment I & II

Credits: 3
Learners develop an understanding of the function and patient application of respiratory therapy equipment. Topics include medical gases and their delivery systems, humidity and aerosol devices, artificial airways and airway management devices, resuscitators, patient monitoring devices, and suction.
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Distance
RESP 2161

 Mechanical Ventilation

Credits: 3
This course is intended for individuals interested in enhancing their understanding of the clinical applications of mechanical ventilation. The course is designed to meet two objectives: to reinforce the core components of mechanical ventilation and to address advances in ventilatory care.
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Distance
RESP 2500

 Pathophysiology 1 (3,1,0)

Credits: 3
This course will deal with disordered function of various body systems excluding the respiratory system.

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RESP 2510

 Pharmacology (4,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students are provided with the fundamentals of pharmacology, an overview of drug classifications that indirectly affect the respiratory system, and an in-depth survey of the cardiopulmonary drug classifications. Significant emphasis is placed on the drugs used in the treatment of asthma, COPD, tobacco cessation and the cardiovascular system. The content and material studied in this course is applied and reinforced in subsequent courses.
Corequisite: BIOL 1690 or equivalent

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RESP 2550

 Mechanical Ventilation (4,0,3)(L)

Credits: 4
Mechanical are provided with the fundamentals of pharmacology, an overview of drug classifications that indirectly affect the respiratory system, and an in-depth survey of the cardiopulmonary drug classifications. Significant emphasis is placed on the drugs used in the treatment of asthma, COPD, tobacco cessation and the cardiovascular system. The content and material studied in this course is applied and reinforced in subsequent courses.
Corequisite: BIOL 1690 or equivalent

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RESP 2570

 Blood Gas Analysis (3,1,2)(L)

Credits: 3
Students are provided a theoretical overview of the collection, analysis, clinical interpretation, and clinical applications of blood gases. Students also learn the application of invasive and non-invasive technology in the assessment of blood gases.

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RESP 2590

 Patient Assessment (3,1,2)(L)

Credits: 3
Students are provided with an overview of the knowledge and skills required for an optimal respiratory therapist-patient relationship. These include good patient assessment skills, communication and documentation skills, and the assessment of diagnostic data. Students develop strong clinical reasoning skills which promote effective patient care.

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RESP 2600

 Respiratory Pathophysiology (3,1,0)

Credits: 3
Students explore various respiratory disorders in terms of definition, etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment.

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RESP 2620

 Anaesthesia (3,0,1)(L)

Credits: 3
Students gain an awareness of the skills and knowledge required to assist in the delivery of anesthesia. This includes a study of the equipment utilized in anaesthesia; the technical and clinical aspects of anesthesia; the techniques for anesthetic administration; and the critical maintenance of safe anesthetic practices.

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RESP 2630

 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (3,1,2)(L)

Credits: 3
Students develop the knowledge and skills required to work in a perinatal and pediatric setting. Various topics include pregnancy, delivery and assessment of the newborn; acute care of the 'at risk' newborn; perinatal and pediatric physiology and pathophysiology; and the respiratory care technology used in the monitoring and treatment of neonatal and pediatric disorders. Certification in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) occurs in this course.

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RESP 2650

 Application of Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3
This course provides an overview of the clinical application of mechanical ventilation. Students learn how to establish the need for, initiate, maintain, and effectively withdraw mechanical ventilation. Upon completion of this course, students are able to optimize ventilatory care for patients, depending upon subjective and objective patient assessment.

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RESP 2680

 Pulmonary Function (3,0,1)(L)

Credits: 3
Students gain a thorough understanding of the importance of pulmonary function (PF) testing, the knowledge to interpret PF data, and the practical experience of performing these tests according to the American Thoracic Society (ATS) criteria. The importance of quality control is emphasized and applied in the PF lab. Students focus on spirometry, diffusion testing, lung volume testing, airway resistance, and bronchoprovocation testing.

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RESP 2710

 Assessment and Intervention in Multisystem Disorders (4,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3
This course provides a case-based approach to respiratory care. Students enhance their critical thinking skills and apply their knowledge and clinical skills to the assessment and treatment of patients requiring respiratory care.

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RESP 2720

 Professional Issues in Health Care (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
Students develop professional skills that are required to work effectively within a health care environment. Today's graduate must possess effective oral and written communication skills, work effectively within a team, provide clear patient and public education, and demonstrate the ability to problem-solve. Small group, seminar-based discussions are often used to provide a broader perspective and enable a deeper understanding of course topics. This course is topic driven yet anchored to historical issues for the respiratory therapist practicing in the Canadian health care system.

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RESP 3010

 Sleep Therapy and Ambulatory Diagnostics for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (45 hours)

Credits: 3
Students are introduced to current ambulatory diagnostic tools and techniques used in the diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing assessment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. This course focuses primarily on patient assessment, current therapeutic techniques, and the technology used in clinical practice outside the hospital laboratory.

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RSMT 3501

 Introduction to Research Methods

Credits: 3
This course will provide an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in informing their understanding of their environment (work, social, local, global).
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Distance
RTCL 3040

 Neonatal and Pediatrics (8 weeks)

Credits: 8
This course is designed to assist the student in the development of skills, and comprehensive understanding of Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care. At the completion of this segment, the student will be expected to funtion in the capacity of a Respiratory Therapist.

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RTCL 3110

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical (Level 1) (22 weeks)

Credits: 19
Level 1 experience is designed to allow the student to gain exposure to all clinical rotations. The student will function under the supervision of a Respiratory Therapist. Successful completion of this segment requires meeting the objectives listed.

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RTCL 3120

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical (Level 2) (17 weeks)

Credits: 18
Level 2 experience is designed to allow the student increased exposure in all Level 1 areas. The student will be expected to function in the capacity of a Respiratory Therapist at the completion of Level 2. Successful completion of this segment requires meeting the objectives listed.

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RTCT 3040

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Theory (Neonatal and Pediatrics)

Credits: 2
This course consists of a series of academic half-days (over a six- to eight-week period) dedicated to the review and examination of didactic material related to clinical practice in the neonatal and pediatric care setting. Students are provided a comprehensive overview and integration of all program curriculum, including a combination of lectures, case studies and seminars presented by therapists, physicians and other health professionals. The Program Clinical Coordinator is responsible for course continuity. The B.C.C.H. Clinical Site Coordinator is responsible for on-site delivery and organization.

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RTCT 3110

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Theory (Level 1)

Credits: 3
This course consists of a series of academic half-days (over a 24-week period) dedicated to the review and examination of didactic material related to clinical practice in the adult care setting. Students are provided a comprehensive overview and integration of all program curriculum, including a combination of lectures, presentations, and seminars presented by students, therapists, physicians, and other health professionals. The Program Coordinator is responsible for course continuity. The Clinical Site Coordinators are responsible for on-site delivery and organization.

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RTCT 3120

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Theory (Level 2) (3,0,0)

Credits: 3
This course consists of a series of academic half-days (over an 18-week period) dedicated to the review and examination of didactic material related to clinical practice in the adult care setting. Students are provided a comprehensive overview and integration of all three years of the program, including a combination of lectures, case studies, and seminars presented by therapists, physicians and other health professionals. The clinical coordinator is responsible for course continuity. The site coordinators are responsible for on-site delivery and organization.

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