Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

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First semester

Second semester


BIOL 1592
BIOL 1592
Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
BIOL
This course is intended primarily for students taking the Nursing and Respiratory Therapy programs. However, space is also available for Academic students. Students examine the anatomy and physiology of human organ systems over the course of two semesters, while focusing on the relationship between structure and function.
Prerequisite: Biology 12 with a C+ minimum or BIOL 0600 and Chemistry 11 or CHEM 0500
Note: Students do not receive credit for more than one of BIOL 1592 and BIOL 1593 or BIOL 3540
CMNS 1810
CMNS 1810
Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
JOUR
Students learn the theory and practice of successful academic, business, and professional writing. The similarities and differences involved in writing for business and academic purposes are examined in detail. Students also study and apply conventional methods of academic research and documentation involved in completing essays and reports.
Prerequisite: 73% on the combined English 12 and Government Exam (within the last five years), or Level 4 on the composition section of the LPI (within the last two years), or completion of ENGL 0600, or completion of ESAL 0570 and 0580 with a grade of C+ or better
PHYS 1580
PHYS 1580
Physics for Respiratory Therapists (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
PHYS
Students explore the basic physical concepts of fluid mechanics, the properties of fluids, and applied electricity. An emphasis is placed on laboratory work, particularly in the use of electrical and electronic measuring devices.
Prerequisite: Admission to year one of the Respiratory Therapy Diploma Program Required Lab: PHYS 1580L
RESP 1580
RESP 1580
Instrumentation 1 (3,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program Required Lab: RESP 1580L
RESP 1690
RESP 1690
Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology (4,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program
Corequisite: BIOL 1590 or equivalent
RESP 2720
RESP 2720
Professional Issues in Health Care (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program
BIOL 1692
BIOL 1692
Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
BIOL
Students examine the anatomy and physiology of the human organ systems over the course of two semesters, while focusing on the relationship between structure and function.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1592 or BIOL 1593
Note: Students do not receive credit for more than one of BIOL 1692, BIOL 1693 or BIOL 3550
CMNS 1970
CMNS 1970
Report Writing and Presentation for Students of Respiratory Therapy (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
AR
JOUR
The skills developed in professional communication, research, and group collaboration learned in CMNS 1810: Business, Professional and Academic Composition are expanded. Students examine the content, organization, and format of professional reports and presentations essential to the success of health care professionals. This includes the process of writing reports; methods of documenting sources of information; and the practice of orally presenting such reports to professional audiences.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program. Students must have completed CMNS 1810 with a minimum C- and/or completed an equivalent, technical writing course
STAT 1200
STAT 1200
Introduction to Statistics (3,1.5,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
MATH
This course is for non-science students who require an introduction to statistical reasoning. Topics include: descriptive statistics; correlation and regression; normal and binomial distributions; sample and experimental design; chi-square distribution; and hypothesis testing.
Prerequisite: Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-calculus Math 11 or equivalent (BC graduates of 2013 onwards) or Principles of Math 11, or Applications of Math 12 or equivalent (BC graduates prior to 2013), or MATH 0510 or MATH 0523 or equivalent. MATH 1100 or MATH 1101 is recommended. Required Seminar: STAT 1200S
Note: Students may normally receive credit for only one of the following: BIOL 3000, BUEC 2320, MATH 1200, PSYC 2100, SOCI 2710, SOCI 3710, STAT 1200, STAT 2000, STAT 1201
RESP 1650
RESP 1650
Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 2 of the Respiratory Therapy program
RESP 1680
RESP 1680
Instrumentation 2 (3,0,6)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the first semester of the Respiratory Therapy program Required Lab: RESP 1680L
RESP 2510
RESP 2510
Pharmacology (4,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 2 of the Respiratory Therapy program
Corequisite: BIOL 1690 or equivalent