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


RESP2500 Pathophysiology 1 (4,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2500 Pathophysiology 1 (4,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2540 Client-Centered Education and Community Health (2,0,0,2P)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2540 Client-Centered Education and Community Health (2,0,0,2P)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2550 Mechanical Ventilation (4,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2550 Mechanical Ventilation (4,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2660 Chronic Disease Management (2,0,0,2P)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2660 Chronic Disease Management (2,0,0,2P)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2570 Blood Gas Analysis (4,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2570 Blood Gas Analysis (4,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2590 Patient Assessment (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2590 Patient Assessment (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2680 Pulmonary Function (3,0,1)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2680 Pulmonary Function (3,0,1)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2600 Respiratory Pathophysiology (3,0,0)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2600 Respiratory Pathophysiology (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2620 Anaesthesia (3,0,1)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2620 Anaesthesia (3,0,1)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2630 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (4,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2630 Perinatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care (4,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2650 Application of Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,2)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2650 Application of Mechanical Ventilation (3,0,2)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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RESP2710 Application of Respiratory Therapy Practice (4,0,3)(L)Thompson Rivers University

RESP 2710 Application of Respiratory Therapy Practice (4,0,3)(L)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

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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