Thompson Rivers University
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BIOL1592 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 1592 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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CMNS1810 Professional and Academic Composition (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

CMNS 1810 Professional and Academic Composition (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students learn the theory and practice of successful academic and professional writing. Students compare and apply techniques involved in writing for business and academic purposes, learning skills in audience assessment, document planning and design, research, and effective writing. Students complete assignments ranging from academic essays to a variety of professional communication documents.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for more than one of CMNS 1810, CMNS 1291, ENGL 1810, CMNS 1811 or CMNS 1290
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PHYS1580 Physics for Respiratory Therapists (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

PHYS 1580 Physics for Respiratory Therapists (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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RESP1580 Principles and Application of Respiratory Therapy Equipment - 1 (3,0,1.5)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 1580 Principles and Application of Respiratory Therapy Equipment - 1 (3,0,1.5)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP1690 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology (4,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 1690 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology (4,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2720 Professional Issues in Health Care (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2720 Professional Issues in Health Care (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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BIOL1692 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

BIOL 1692 Human Biology: Anatomy and Physiology 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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CMNS1970 Occupational Writing for RT Students (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

CMNS 1970 Occupational Writing for RT Students (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students in the Respiratory Therapy program examine the core communication documents used in their occupation. Building on the professional and academic writing and research skills covered in CMNS 1810, students will develop strategies for producing relevant technical communications, including instructions, procedures, and basic information reports. Students will also develop their oral communication skills to assist them in working with teams and clients. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy Program AND CMNS 1810 with C- minimum OR CMNS 1811 with a C- minimum or equivalent professional writing course
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STAT1200 Introduction to Statistics (3,1.5,0)Thompson Rivers University

STAT 1200 Introduction to Statistics (3,1.5,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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
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RESP1650 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 1650 Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP1680 Principles and Application of Respiratory Therapy Equipment - 2 (3,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 1680 Principles and Application of Respiratory Therapy Equipment - 2 (3,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2510 Pharmacology (4,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2510 Pharmacology (4,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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