Clinical Instructor

Program Overview

The Respiratory Therapist program at Rose State College is a 2 year associate degree program. The first year of study consists of general education and basic science courses. During the second year, the student completes the professional respiratory therapy courses. The professional courses start with the beginning of the fall semester in August, and ends when the student completes the summer semester of the following year. Here is an overview of the professional, respiratory therapy courses.

Fall semester (August – December)

Ethics and Health Care Systems
Respiratory Physiology
Respiratory Pathology
Respiratory Pharmacology


*Respiratory Therapy Procedures I
An introduction to respiratory therapy, this course includes infection control and sterilization, physical assessment and chart review, radiologic assessment of the chest, gas physics, medical gas therapy and delivery systems, humidity and aerosol therapy, lung expansion therapy and coughing techniques, secretion clearance techniques, and manual resuscitators.

*Pulmonary Diagnostics 
An introduction to diagnostic procedures. Special emphasis is placed on pulmonary function testing and interpreting test results. Also included are bronchoscopy assisting, sleep studies, studies to determine nutritional requirements, and cardiopulmonary exercise training.

The student must successfully pass all fall semester program courses to proceed to the spring semester.

Spring Semester (January – May)

Respiratory Therapy Critical Care
Pediatric Respiratory Care
*Respiratory Therapy Procedures II
A continuation of Respiratory Therapy Procedures I, this course offers information on arterial and capillary blood gas sampling techniques and analysis, arterial line insertion, electrocardiology, capnography, transcutaneous O2/CO2 monitoring, apnea monitors, defibrillators, bronchial hygiene, airway management, endotracheal intubation and extubation, pulmonary rehabilitation, and homecare.

*Mechanical Ventilation
This course offers information on the principle of mechanical ventilation and the effects of positive pressure ventilation. The operating modes, initiation of and monitoring of mechanical ventilation is also covered. The student will become proficient in interpreting waveforms in mechanical ventilation, management of mechanical ventilation, and weaning techniques, as well as representation on various mechanical ventilators. Invasive and non-invasive ventilation are covered in the didactic and lab sections of the course.

*These courses include a lab section.

Respiratory Therapy Clinic Practice I
Respiratory therapy procedures are practiced in specialty areas of the hospital with supplemental information received through physician lectures. The clinical experience is coordinated to cover the areas of infection control and sterilization, physical assessment of the chest and chart review, radiologic assessment of the chest, medical gas administration and delivery systems, humidity and aerosol therapy, pulmonary function testing, lung expansion therapy and coughing techniques, secretion clearance techniques, manual resuscitators, and CPR.

NOTE: Procedures learned and practiced in lab during the fall semester, are practiced at the clinical site in the spring semester as part of the Clinic Practice I course.
Please see section titled “Purpose of Clinic I Rotation” for the list of non-critical care competencies the student is expected to complete during the Clinic Practice I course..

The student must successfully pass all spring semester program courses to proceed to the summer semester.

Summer semester (May – July)

Respiratory Therapy Clinic Practice II & III
A continuation of clinical experience as in Clinic Practice I, but with intensive care involvement. Physician lectures and clinical practice are coordinated to cover arterial and capillary blood gas sampling techniques and analysis, mechanical ventilation, bronchial hygiene, neonatal and pediatric respiratory care, and non-invasive monitoring techniques, critical care monitoring, tracheal intubation and extubation, and airway management.

NOTE: Procedures learned and practiced in lab during the spring semester, are practiced at the clinical site in the summer semester as part of the Clinic Practice II and III courses.
Please see the section titled “Purpose of Clinic II and III” for the list of advanced level competencies.