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Courses - R
Title Name Delivery
RCAR 1000

 Residential Construction - Foundation

1 credits
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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RESL 1000

 Research Learning

3 credits

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RESL 2000

 Research Learning

3 credits

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RESL 3000

 Research Learning

3 credits

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RESL 4000

 Research Learning

3 credits

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RESP 1580

 Principles and Application of Respiratory Therapy Equipment - 1 (3,0,1.5)(L)

3 credits
This course introduces students to a wide variety of Respiratory Therapy equipment. The learner will develop a thorough understanding of the function and patient application of this equipment. Areas covered in this course include: infection control, compressed gas manufacture, storage and piping systems, gas delivery systems, oxygen air blenders, oxygen therapy devices, humidity and aerosol therapy. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy Diploma or Respiratory Therapy Dual Credential program Required Lab: RESP 1580L

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RESP 1650

 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,0)

3 credits
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

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RESP 1680

 Principles and Application of Respiratory Therapy Equipment - 2 (3,0,3)(L)

3 credits
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: Admission to the 2nd semester of the Respiratory Therapy program. Required Lab: RESP 1680L

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RESP 1690

 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology (4,0,0)

3 credits
This course will focus on the anatomy of the respiratory system and cardiopulmonary physiology. Cardiac and pulmonary physiological processes will be related to diagnostics, therapy and technology. This course will assist in providing the background a student requires to progress into the comprehensive curriculum of Respiratory Therapy. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program Corequisite: BIOL 1590 or equivalent

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RESP 1761

 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy, Physiology and Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation

3 credits
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.
More information about this course.

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RESP 1781

 Principles and Applications of Respiratory Therapy Equipment I & II

3 credits
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. Prerequisites: None. However, this course is aimed at students who are graduates of a minimum two-year health care diploma program. Respiratory therapy students entering on the Bachelor of Science fast track stream are required to take this course.
More information about this course.

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RESP 2161

 Mechanical Ventilation

3 credits
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. Prerequisites: None. This course is however aimed at students who are graduates of a minimum two-year health care diploma program and have a sound knowledge of: the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system; the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system; blood gas interpretation; and a background in basic science.
More information about this course.

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RESP 2500

 Pathophysiology 1 (4,0,0)

3 credits
This course will deal with disordered function of various body systems excluding the respiratory system. Prerequisite: Admission to 3rd semester of the Respiratory Therapy Program

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RESP 2510

 Pharmacology (4,0,0)

3 credits
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 1692 or equivalent and RESP 1650

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RESP 2540

 Client-Centered Education and Community Health (2,0,0,2P)

3 credits
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: Admission to the 3rd semester of the Respiratory Therapy Program.

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RESP 2550

 Mechanical Ventilation (4,0,3)(L)

3 credits
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: Admission to the 3rd semester of the RT diploma program or the 5th semester of the RT Dual Credential program. Required Lab: RESP 2550L

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RESP 2570

 Blood Gas Analysis (4,0,2)(L)

3 credits
This course provides the student with specific information concerning the collection, analysis, clinical interpretation, and clinical applications of blood gases. The student learns 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

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RESP 2590

 Patient Assessment (3,0,2)(L)

3 credits
This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills that are necessary for an optimum RT-patient relationship. These include: good patient assessment skills, communication and documentation skills, and the assessment of diagnostic data. The student develops good clinical reasoning skills which promote effective patient care. Prerequisite: Admission to the 3rd semester of the Respiratory Therapy Program Required Lab: RESP 2590L

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RESP 2600

 Respiratory Pathophysiology (3,0,0)

3 credits
Students explore various respiratory disorders in terms of definition, etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis and treatment. Prerequisite: Admission to the 4th semester of the Respiratory Therapy Program

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RESP 2620

 Anaesthesia (3,0,1)(L)

3 credits
The student gains the knowledge required to assist in the delivery of anesthesia. This includes: a working knowledge of the equipment utilized in this area; an understanding of the technical and clinical aspects of anesthesia; knowledge of the techniques for anesthetic administration; and the importance of maintaining safe anesthetic practices. Prerequisite: Admission to Semester 4 of the Respiratory Therapy Program Required Lab: RESP 2620L

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RESP 2630

 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (4,0,2)(L)

3 credits
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

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RESP 2650

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

3 credits
This course provides an overview of the clinical application of mechanical ventilation. Students will learn how to establish the need for, initiate, maintain and effectively withdraw mechanical ventilation. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to optimize ventilatory care for patients, depending upon subjective and objective patient assessment Prerequisite: Successful admission into the pre-clinical semester of the Respiratory Therapy Program Required Lab: RESP 2650L

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RESP 2660

 Chronic Disease Management (2,0,0,2P)

3 credits
Students explore the application of education principles related to Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Tobacco use disorder. Students investigate the assessment, diagnosis, and therapeutics each of these chronic diseases, and apply these principles in a clinical environment. Prerequisite: RESP 2540

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RESP 2680

 Pulmonary Function (3,0,1)(L)

3 credits
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

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RESP 2710

 Application of Respiratory Therapy Practice (4,0,3)(L)

3 credits
A case-based approach to Respiratory Therapy practice involves the exploration of pertinent clinical studies to facilitate the education of Respiratory Therapy students in preparation for the clinical portion of the 3 or 4 year program. This course will strengthen the student's ability to understand the assessment and treatment of patients in various situations requiring respiratory care services. This course will allow the student to evolve their knowledge and clinical skills via lectures, laboratory exercises and simulations which are designed to enhance critical thinking skills. All content of this course will be based on current health care policies, procedures and evidence-based practice that is supported in research literature. Prerequisite: Successful admission into the pre-clinical semester of the Respiratory Therapy Program. Required Lab: RESP 2710L

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RESP 2720

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

3 credits
This course will help the student develop the professional skills needed to work effectively within a health care environment. This course is topic driven yet anchored to historical issues for the respiratory therapist practicing in the Canadian health care system. 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. Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program

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RESP 3010

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

3 credits
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. Prerequisite: Completion of the 1st year of TRU's Respiratory Therapy program or completion of a health science program and employment in the field of sleep medicine. Applicants who do not meet the normal required prerequisites may seek acceptance for registration from the Allied Health Department Chairperson

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RSMT 3501

 Introduction to Research Methods

3 credits
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 forming their understanding of their work, social, local and global environment. Prerequisites: In compliance with TRU-Open Learning policy, there are no mandatory prerequisites for this course. However, it is strongly recommended that you have 60 credits of coursework and Stat 1201 or equivalent.
More information about this course.

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RTCL 3040

 Neonatal and Pediatrics (8 weeks)

8 credits
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic portion of the Respiratory Therapy program

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RTCL 3110

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical (Level 1) (22 weeks)

19 credits
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic portion of the Respiratory Therapy program

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RTCL 3120

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical (Level 2) (17 weeks)

18 credits
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic portion of the Respiratory Therapy program

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RTCT 3040

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Theory (Neonatal and Pediatrics)

2 credits
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic portion of the Respiratory Therapy program.

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RTCT 3110

 Respiratory Therapy Clinical Theory (Level 1)

3 credits
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic portion of the Respiratory Therapy program

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RTCT 3120

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

3 credits
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. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the academic and clinical portions of Level 1

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