RsCr 220 Introduction to Respiratory Care Principles- Spring ‘01

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RsCr 220 – Introduction to Respiratory Care Principles – Spring 2006

Class Outline
Meeting Days & Times
Section 1 (8480)
Lecture       Tuesday / Thursday            12:00 to 2:05PM
Lab #1        Tuesday                       8:00 to 11:15AM

Section 2 (8481)
Lecture       Tuesday / Thursday            12:00 to 2:05PM
Lab #2        Thursday                      8:00 to 11:15AM

RsCr 230 - Clinical Rotation - Assigned nine hour days for 6 weeks for ready-to-go students.
Students do have an option of delaying their clinical time until the summer with instructor

Instructor:   David Nordin RCP
              Office South Hall 258-E Phone # 575-6381       Cellular Phone # 402-6796
              Email: or
              Office Hours: As posted
              MJC Respiratory Care Home Page:


WEEK     LECTURE - T & THURS                        LAB – T OR TH
1-10  Orientation to Class                       Orientation
      Intro to Oxygen Therapy
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 34 – Storage and Delivery of Medical Gases

Week 2
1-17 Monday Jan. 17th is a Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
       Oxygen Therapy Continued                 Cylinders, Regulators and Flowmeters
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 35 – Medical Gas Therapy

Week 3
      Humidity Therapy                          Oxygen Delivery Equipment
Medical Terminology – Test #1
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 32 – Humidity and Bland Aerosol Therapy

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Week 4
1-31 Test #1 - Oxygen Therapy
Humidity and Bland Aerosol Continued            Bland Aerosol and Humidity Equipment
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 33 – Aerosol Drug Therapy
Reading Assignment: Amer. Heart Assoc. – Basic CPR

Week 5
2-07 Drug Aerosol Therapy                         MDI, DPI and Nebs
Medical Terminology – Test #2
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 2 – Patient Safety, Communication and Recordkeeping
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 3 – Principles of Infection Control

Week 6 Test #2 – Humidity and Aerosol Therapy
2-14 Patient Care – Communication, Ethics, Legalities CPR #1
      Friday February 18th is a Holiday – Lincoln’s Birthday
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 4 – Ethical and Legal Implications of Practice

Week 7
2-21 Patient Care – Continued                            CPR #2
Medical Terminology – Test #3
Monday February 20th is a Holiday – Washington’s Birthday

Week 8
2-28 Patient Care Continued                            CPR #3 Skills Testing
       Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 7 – Applied Anat + Physio – The Respiratory System

Week 9 Test #3 Patient Care
3-07 A+P Continued                        Infection Control / Isolation Precautions
Medical Terminology – Test #4

Week 10
3-14 A+P continued                               Vital Signs
Start Clinicals (Hospital Rotations in RsCr 230)

Week 11
3-21 A+P continued                              Day in the Life
Medical Terminology – Test #5

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Week 12
3-28 Gas Physics for Respiratory Therapy                 The Patient Chart
Reading Assignment: Egan’s Chapter 5 – Physical Principles in Respiratory Care (Gas Physics)

Week 13
4-04 Gas Physics Continued                      Body Mechanics
Medical Terminology – Test #6

Week 14 Test #4 Anatomy and Physiology
4-11 Gas Physics Continued      Communication & Conflict Resolution / Oral Presentations

Week 15
4-18 Gas Physics Continued                            LAB FINAL EXAM
Medical Terminology – Test #7

Week 16
4-24 to 4-28 Finals Week

The final exam will be comprehensive over the entire semester (excluding Medical Terminology).
The comprehensive final will be worth approximately 150 points.


There will be seven (7) Medical Terminology tests. These will be worth approximately 30 points
each. There is separate schedule sheet (page 5) describing each chapter in your textbook to be
tested approximately every couple of weeks.

There will be three (3) major tests over NON-medical terminology topics (as described above).
These tests will be worth approximately 50 points each. Each student is allowed to make-up 2
missed exams if they have called to report their absence on the exam day. All exams &
quizzes must be made-up as quickly as possible following the scheduled exam or quizzes.
Students should report to the classroom 30 to 45 minutes before the start of the next class.
Failure to follow the make-up policy will result in the student receiving an "F" for the exam or
quiz in question.

ORAL PRESENTATION: Each student will be required to do an oral presentation (not to
exceed 10 minutes in length) on a subject of medical relevance. (See following – page 6 –
regarding specific instructions.) Each student will be required to submit in writing the topic
they wish to present for instructor approval by March 23rd. Failure to complete this
assignment will result in the student receiving a full letter grade lower for the class. The oral
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presentation will be worth 50 points.

Lab assignments: Written lab assignments will total approximately 100 points and any
homework another 150 possible points.

GRADING:               A = 90 - 100%
                       B = 80 - 89%
                       C = 70 - 79%
                       D = 60 - 69%
                       F = less than 59%

Grades are based upon points received from homework, lab assignments, quizzes, tests and the
oral report. Late homework and lab assignments will have points deducted based upon the degree
of lateness. Students receiving a failing grade on a quiz or exam will generally NOT be allowed to
re-take the exam.
Cheating is ground for dismissal from the course and the respiratory care program.

  1) TESTS (4 x 50)                      200
     a. Oxygen Therapy
     b. Aerosol Therapy
     c. Patient Care
     d. Anatomy and Physiology
     e. Gas Physics (in final)
  2) QUIZZES                        up to 50
  3) HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS          up to 150
  5) ORAL PRESENTATION                    50
  6) LAB ASSIGNMENTS (TOTAL)       up to 100
  7) LAB FINAL                            50
  8) COMPREHENSIVE FINAL                 150
     Including Gas Physics Test

GRAND TOTAL (approx.)                                        900 points

CPR REQUIREMENT: All students must either have a current and active CPR card for
Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association Standards) or they must complete the CPR
section of the class. Those individuals who possess a current and valid CPR card for Healthcare
Providers must make a copy of both sides of their card and submit it to their instructor in order to
waive this portion of the class. For those needing to complete the CPR portion of the class, you
must receive an 84% on the written exam and satisfactorily demonstrate ability to perform all
aspects of CPR according to American Heart Association Standards. Students may re-take the
written test 2 times in order to receive a passing grade.

OFFICE HOURS: Office hours are very open for drop-in. If you are having problems with
classroom material and need help, don't wait to see me. My office phone number is 575-6381.
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Text: Medical Terminology A Short Course 4th Ed. by Davi-Ellen Chabner

Test Areas to be covered:
Schedule may vary depending on unforeseen circumstances.

   1. Basic Word Structure                       Test #1 – Week 3

   2. Organization of the Body                   Test #2 – Week 5

   3. Suffixes                                   Test #3 – Week 7

   4. Prefixes                                   Test #4 – Week 9

   5. Medical Specialists and Case Reports       Test #5 – Week 11

   6. Body Systems                               Test #6 – Week 13

   7. Diagnostic Tests and Procedures            Test #7 – Week 15

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Oral Presentation Assignment - RsCr 220
During the final two weeks of class each student will give a 10 minute oral presentation to your
lab class. The topic must be medically oriented and you must receive prior approval from the
instructor before the presentation. The presentation should NOT be a reading of your notes.
You may use note cards and refer to them, however any student who simply reads their
presentation will receive a much lower mark! PowerPoint presentations are a popular
technique. See me or a classmate on how to use this popular software.

In preparing your presentation, you must use at least 3 sources of periodical information. I prefer
that you not use hardbound reference books but instead, use magazines & pamphlets. Your topic
choice should not be too "high powered" in a medical sense in that this is an introductory class not
requiring extensive medical knowledge. In addition, the presentation will be most interesting if it
has some relevance for you! Personalize it.

You may use one popular magazine like "Newsweek" or "Time" but other sources must be used in
addition. Students can utilize the internet extensively as a great deal of information is out there
waiting to be discovered. You may simply document the source in your bibliography with the web

Examples of topics might include:
   Teaching Children about their Asthma
   Second Hand Smoke
   Smoking Cessation Programs & Methods
   Infant croup
   Pneumonias - Typical or Atypical
   Home Respiratory Care
   Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs
   Sleep Apnea – What is it? and How is it treated?
   What is a Sleep Lab and Who Works There?
   HIV and the Effects on the Lungs
   Tuberculosis in the '90's
   San Joaquin Valley Fever
   What is an HMO?
   Cystic Fibrosis
   Lung Transplants

If you are really stumped on choosing a topic, see me for some suggestions.

On the day of your presentation, you must also turn in a one page written summary of your talk
and a Bibliography citing your sources of information. The oral presentation is worth 50 points
(25 points on organization and content and 25 points on presentation clarity). The one page
summary and Bibliography will not be graded, but if you fail to turn them in, up to 25 points will
be deducted from your score.


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