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Health Careers Education
Respiratory Pharmacology
This course is designed to study medications used in the treatment of respiratory and cardiac disorders. General drug groups, including their physiologic actions, uses and hazards are covered. Dosages, contraindications, precautions, duration and mode of action, elimination, indications for use, potential side effects, and adverse effects are also discussed for the most commonly used respiratory care and related drugs in each group.
Cindy Schneider
1. Describe the various routes by which drugs are administered and the advantages and disadvantages of each route.
2. Define select terms and medical abbreviations which describe drug interactions and safety.
3. Describe the elements of a medication order and prescription.
4. Outline the divisions of the central nervous system and state the general function of each division.
5. Define terms relating to the actions of drugs affecting the autonomic nervous system.
6. State the actions of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems on specific smooth muscles and glands.
7. Describe the classifications of drugs acting on the autonomic nervous system which are useful as bronchodilators.
8. Categorize and define the action of sympathomimetic drugs.
9. Describe how simple changes in the chemical structure of bronchodilators alters drug performance.
10. Discuss steroid release in the human body, causes of inflammation and steroid side effects.
11. Compare and contrast intrinsic and extrinsic asthma and their pharmacological treatment.
12. Discuss gases used in respiratory care, their indications, methods of administration, and side effects.
13. Describe the composition of the mucociliary escalator and glands which produce mucus.
14. Identify the various wetting and surface-active agents along with their uses, side effects, and hazards.
15. Explain the divisions and functions of the brain and spinal cord and how they affect respiration.
16. Describe the classification of anti-infectives and Gram's staining technique.
17. Describe the functions of the major body electrolytes and the structure and functions of the kidney.
18. Briefly describe the electrophysiology of the heart as well as normal hemodynamic parameters.
19. Describe the actions, indications and dosage of the primary resuscitation drugs.
20. List the mechanism of action, indications, contraindications, precautions, classification, adverse reactions, generic and trade names, route of administration, and dosage of the most commonly used drugs from the following categories:
-Surface-active agents
-Cholinergic muscle stimulants
-Neuromuscular blockers
-Ventilatory stimulants
-Ventilatory depressants
-Anti-infective agents
-Cardiovascular agents
21. Calculate drug dosages and recommend respiratory care modalities to provide optimal care when given a patient scenario.

Respiratory Care Therapists - NBRC
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Advanced Respiratory Therapist