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RSPT 2420 - Advanced Concepts in Respiratory Care

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Respiratory Therapy Program; RSPT 2260 , RSPT 2335 , and RSPT 2350  all with grade C or better, or grade Pass (if the course is a Pass/Fail course)

Corequisites: RSPT 2360  and RSPT 2431 

This forum for discussion of new and advanced applications in clinical practice covers pulmonary function testing, EKGs, myocardial infarction, chest tube drainage systems, and hemodynamic monitoring. Each student gives an oral presentation on a topic of interest in Respiratory Care.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Winter semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will perform a bedside pulmonary function test, interpret results, and evaluate the need for further assessment.


  1. Demonstrate proper calibration of a bedside pulmonary function device.
  2. Instruct a patient on how to perform a Forced Vital Capacity (FVC), Flow-Volume Loop (FVL), and Mandatory Volume Ventilation. (MVV)
  3. When given pulmonary function data, determine if a post-bronchodilator study is indicated and calculate the percent change between pre- and post-bronchodilator measurements.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will assess and evaluate the patient for abnormal cardiac rhythms and describe a treatment plan using ACLS algorithms.


  1. Given an ECG tracing, state the dysrhythmia present.
  2. Given an ECG tracing, list the appropriate ACLS treatment options.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will correlate the information gathered during hemodynamic monitoring with the patient assessment data and incorporate this data into an effective protocol for care.


  1. Given hemodynamic data, calculate desired hemodynamic indices.
  2. Given hemodynamic data, differentiate the shock state present.
  3. Identify, troubleshoot, and evaluate a pleural drainage system to effectively manage patients with a pneumothorax and/or pleural effusion.
  4. List the indications for chest tube drainage.
  5. Differentiate between the anatomic locations used for insertion of a chest tube.
  6. Differentiate between the functions of each of the bottles/chambers used in a pleural drainage system.
  7. Given a problem with a pleural drainage system, identify and troubleshoot the system.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will demonstrate effective communication skills by preparing an oral class presentation, using current research data, on a topic of interest in Respiratory Care.


  1. Given a topic, the student will research the topic and prepare both a written and a oral presentation on the topic as outlined by the instructor.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, students will discuss and evaluate management strategies used in various health care institutions.


  1. Describe the source of revenues within a Respiratory Care Department.
  2. Describe at least three positive and three negative personality traits and describe how to emphasize/deemphasize these during an interview.
  3. Describe the benefits for implementing Therapist Driven Protocols in a RC department.
  4. Describe the primary goals of homecare.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Pulmonary Function Studies
    1. Spirometry
    2. Lung Volumes
    3. Diffusion Studies
    4. Bronchial Provocation
    5. Exercise Testing
    6. Metabolic Testing
    7. Pulmonary Function Equipment
    8. Quality Assurance
    9. ATS Standards
  2. Electrocardiography
    1. Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology
    2. Electrocardiogram
    3. Axis Deviation
    4. Acute Coronary Syndromes
    5. Defibrillation
    6. ACLS Protocols
  3. Hemodynamics
    1. Shock
    2. Hemodynamic Monitoring
  4. Chest Tubes
  5. Neurodiagnostics
  6. Home Care
  7. Management

Primary Faculty
Niemer, Laurie
Secondary Faculty
Zahodnic, Richard
Associate Dean
Shaw, Andrea
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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