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Health Careers Education
Respiratory Therapy Core
This course will explore core aspects of healthcare delivery as preparation for the Respiratory Therapist curriculum. Fundamentals to be covered in this course will include but not be limited to: Medical Terminology, Safety, Leadership, Medical Law and Ethics, History of Respiratory Care, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and General Anatomy and Physiology.
Lara Skaggs
Upon completion of this course, the student shall be able to:

Core Medical Terminology

-Demonstrate knowledge of the divisional segments of medical terminology including prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

Core Safety

-Identify general safety knowledge and procedures in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical facilities.
-Identify and perform proper body mechanics when lifting or moving any heavy object or patient.
-Identify the different types of fires and state the proper operation of a fire extinguisher.
-Define hazardous communication and MSDS (material safety data sheets).
-Define standard precautions and universal precautions.
-Define OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) and discuss OSHA guidelines for laboratories and healthcare workers.
-Identify blood-borne pathogens and state how to prevent exposure and transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
-Identify the proper procedure to use for accidents and or incidents.

Core Respiratory Medical Ethics

-Discuss and describe common leadership skills needed in the hospital.
-Discuss and describe the importance of good communication in healthcare delivery.
-Discuss and describe the development of Respiratory Care, including the roles of American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC), National Board for Respiratory
Care (NBRC), The Joint Review Committee for Respiratory Therapy Education (JRCRTE), Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
-Present key medical/legal terms as related to respiratory care.
-Discuss legal issues and cases which have influenced or will influence how patients and practitioners view life support, and their relationship to the right to die question.
-Give relevant examples of medical ethics as related to patient care, respiratory care, the AARC code of Ethics, and the stages of death and dying.
-Demonstrate competency and achieve certification in Healthcare Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Core Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology

-Demonstrate basic knowledge of body orientation.
-Demonstrate basic knowledge of chemistry related to the human body.
-Demonstrate basic knowledge of cells and tissue.
-Demonstrate basic knowledge of the structure and function of the following body systems:
Lymphatic & Immunity

Respiratory Care Therapist - NBRC

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