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RET 102 Mechanics of Disease (3 credits)

Introductory pathology, including medical terminology, general principles of disease, and overview of common diseases encountered in the hospitalized patient. Basic symptoms of disease and patient monitoring. Introduction to universal precautions in preventing spread of disease. Prerequisite: RET matriculation or Permission of Department. Spring semesters only.

RET 103 Respiratory Physiology (3 credits)

Basic function of the respiratory system, including thoracic, pulmonary, and cardiovascular anatomy; mechanics of ventilation; pulmonary perfusion; gas exchange and transport; control of respiration; and introduction to acid/base interpretation. Prerequisite: RET matriculation or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

RET 105 Respiratory Care Practice I (3 credits)

Physical principles that apply to respiratory therapy procedures and equipment, including gas laws, heat, and humidity. Physical principles that apply to ventilation and external respiration. Basic respiratory care procedures, including patient assessment, gas delivery, bronchial hygiene therapy, and respiratory pharmacology. Complements the clinical sequence. Prerequisite: RET matriculation or Permission of Department. Fall semesters only.

RET 105R Respiratory Care Practice I Recitation (1 EQ)

Optional recitation for RET 105. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply the theory, concepts, and problem-solving techniques presented in RET 105 Respiratory Practice I. Co-requisite: RET 105.

RET 118 Clinical Internship I (3 credits)

This clinical course allows for supervised clinical practice in basic patient care techniques in the laboratory and hospital setting. Prerequisite: RET matriculation or Permission of Department. Fall semesters only.

RET 125 Respiratory Care Practice II (3 credits)

Introduction to more advanced respiratory care procedures: airway care, electrocardiography, arterial blood gases, spirometry, chest x-ray interpretation, and mechanical ventilation (terminology, clinical application and operation of common ventilators). Prerequisites: RET 105 and 118, RET matriculation and Permission of Department. Spring semesters only.

RET 125R Respiratory Care Practice II Recitation (1 EQ)

Optional recitation for RET 125. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply the theory, concepts, and problem-solving techniques presented in RET 125 Respiratory Care Practice II. Co-requisite: RET 125.

RET 128 Clinical Internship II (3 credits)

Supervised laboratory and hospital practice in basic intensive care techniques. Primary topics include ventilator management and clinical applications, arterial blood gases, and airway care. Minor topics include electrocardiography and phlebotomy. Prerequisites: RET 105 and 118, or Permission of Department. Spring semesters only.

RET 203 Respiratory Care Practice III (3 credits)

This is a continuation course in respiratory care practice. This course addresses neonatal respiratory care, home care of the respiratory patient, pulmonary rehabilitation, continuous quality improvement (of patient care), professional organizations for Respiratory Care, healthcare reimbursement, New York State licensure, and national board procedures. Prerequisites: RET 125 and 128, and Permission of Department. Optional recitation: RET 203R.

RET 203R Respiratory Practice III - Recitation (1 EQ)

Optional recitation for RET 203. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply the theory, concepts, and problem-solving techniques presented in RET 203, Respiratory Care Practice III. Co-requisite: RET 203.

RET 204 Respiratory Practice IV (3 credits)

This is a continuation course in respiratory care practice. This course addresses critical thinking in relation to the board examinations required to practice as a Respiratory Care Practitioner (Therapist). Additional specialty examinations may also be addressed, such as Acute Care, Pediatrics/Neonatal, and Pulmonary Function Technology. The National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) is the sole credentialing organization for Respiratory Care Practitioners in the U.S.A. The student will develop critical thinking skills by participating in discussions of clinical case studies, practice examinations, and clinical simulations facilitated by the faculty. Students will also complete secure self-assessment examinations. Additional topics may be selected from current clinical practice guidelines published by the American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC). Prerequisites: RET 203 and 213, and Permission of Department. Optional recitation: RET 204R.

RET 204R Respiratory Practice IV Recitation (1 EQ)

Optional recitation for RET 204. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply the theory, concepts, and problem solving techniques presented in RET 204 Respiratory Practice IV. Co-requisite: RET 204.

RET 205 Cardiovascular Physiology and Disease (3 credits)

Anatomy and function of the cardiovascular system, cardiovascular disease, assessment and diagnostic techniques, and care of the patient with cardiovascular disorders. Prerequisite: All RET courses numbered 139 and below or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

RET 206 Acid-Base Physiology (3 credits)

Regulation of acid-base balance in the body, with emphasis on the interpretation of acid-base disorders, fluid and electrolyte balance, and their inter-relationship. Prerequisite: RET 103 or Permission of Department. Spring semesters only.

RET 207 Diagnostic Techniques (3 credits)

Theory, significance, and methodology of various diagnostic studies used in the assessment of pulmonary function. Techniques discussed include basic spirometry, flow/volume tests, lung volume determination, diffusion capacity, tests of small airways disease, nutritional assessment and sleep disorders. Prerequisite: All 100-level RET courses or Permission of Department. Spring semesters only.

RET 213 Clinical Internship III (4 credits)

This clinical course gives the respiratory care student advanced experience working in the adult intensive care and pediatric units. Includes basic respiratory care, mechanical ventilation, ventilator monitoring, blood gas interpretation, airway care, and patient assessment. Advanced concepts in cardiopulmonary monitoring are covered. Students will also participate in observation rotations such as Cardio/Echocardiography Lab, Sleep Diagnostics Lab, Pulmonary Function Lab, O.R./Intubation, Pulmonologist office, etc. These observation rotations may vary depending on the evolving clinical practice in the community. Prerequisites: RET 125 and 128, and Permission of Department. Fall semesters only.

RET 214 Clinical Internship IV (4 credits)

This course provides clinical experience in the Neonatal Care Unit (NICU) and a transition to work experience for students nearing graduation from the Respiratory Care Program. Seminar presentations will address clinical topics related to the practice of Respiratory Care in the hospital. Students will work in the NICU under the supervision of faculty. Students will participate in the transition to work experience under the supervision of licensed therapists during preceptor-led clinical rotations. Students will also participate in "Selectives" clinical experiences under the supervision of preceptors. Selective clinical experiences will vary depending on student interest and community availability. Examples of selective rotations include Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Continuing (Chronic) Care, Homecare, Pediatrics, and NICU. Prerequisites: RET 203 and 213, and Permission of Department.