Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Second Year Diploma

Fall semester

All fall semester, second-year diploma courses are prerequisites to winter semester diploma courses.

Winter semester


RESP 2500
RESP 2500
Pathophysiology 1 (3,1,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
This course will deal with disordered function of various body systems excluding the respiratory system.
Prerequisite: Admission to the second year Respiratory Therapy program Required Seminar: RESP 2500S
RESP 2540
RESP 2540
Client-Centered Education and Community Health (2,0,0,2P)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
Students develop foundational health education skills that are required to effectively educate individuals in a client centered approach within a health care environment. The learner will explore evidence based needs assessment, teaching, and evaluation processes in a clinical environment, with a specific focus on diagnostics and therapeutics of sleep disorders.
Prerequisites: BIOL 1692, CMNS 1970, STAT 1200, RESP 1650, RESP 1680, RESP 2510 or Faculty Approval
RESP 2550
RESP 2550
Mechanical Ventilation (4,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
Mechanical Ventilation is a form of life support for the critically ill patient. Students are instructed in the fundamentals of mechanical ventilators and ventilatory modes. Ventilator-patient interactions are explored in the context of specific lung conditions and patient situations.
Prerequisite: RESP 1650; RESP 1680; RESP 2510; BIOL 1692; CMNS 1970; STAT 1200; or Faculty Approval Required Lab: RESP 2550L
RESP 2660
RESP 2660
Chronic Disease Management (2,0,0,2P)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
Students explore the application of education principles to Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Tobacco use disorder. Students investigate the assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutics each of the chronic diseases, applying principles in a clinical environment.
Prerequisite: RESP 2540, RESP 2500, RESP 2590, or Faculty Approval
RESP 2570
RESP 2570
Blood Gas Analysis (3,1,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 3 of the Respiratory Therapy Diploma program or Semester 5 of the Respiratory Therapy Dual Credential program
RESP 2590
RESP 2590
Patient Assessment (3,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
Students learn to talk with patients and perform physical examinations. The student therapists develop good assessment and communication skills to provide a less intimidating experience for the patient. Students apply clinical reasoning to understand and assess their patient's problems and also utilize available diagnostic data with the goal of maximizing therapy efficacy and to develop a plan for the patient progress.
Prerequisite: BIOL 1692, CMNS 1970, STAT 1200, RESP 1650, RESP 1680, RESP 2510 or Faculty Approval Required Lab: RESP 2590L
RESP 2680
RESP 2680
Pulmonary Function (3,0,1)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 3 of the Respiratory Therapy Diploma program or Semester 5 of the Respiratory Therapy Dual Credential program Required Lab: RESP 2680L
RESP 2600
RESP 2600
Respiratory Pathophysiology (3,0,0)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
Students explore various respiratory disorders in terms of definition, etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment.
Prerequisite: RESP 2500, RESP 2590, or Faculty Approval
RESP 2620
RESP 2620
Anaesthesia (3,0,1)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 4 of the Respiratory Therapy Program Required Lab: RESP 2620L
RESP 2630
RESP 2630
Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (3,1,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 4 of the Respiratory Therapy Diploma program or Semester 5 of the Respiratory Therapy Dual Credential program Required Lab: RESP 2630L Required Seminar: RESP 2630S
RESP 2650
RESP 2650
Application of Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,2)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to the 4th semester of the Respiratory Therapy Diploma program or the 5th semester of the Respiratory Therapy Dual Credential program Required Lab: RESP 2650L
RESP 2710
RESP 2710
Assessment and Intervention in Multisystem Disorders (4,0,3)(L)
Credits: 3
Campus
SC
HEAL
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.
Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 4 of the Respiratory Therapy Diploma program or Semester 5 of the Respiratory Therapy Dual Credential program Required Lab: RESP 2710L