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Respiratory Therapy

Enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy classes, with the exception of Res Th 1, requires admission to the program. Students must complete the following courses prior to admission: Anatomy 1, Physiology 3, Chemistry 10, Communication Studies 11, and Math 18 or Math 20. Please call 310-434-3453 for additional information.

RES TH 1, Introduction to Respiratory Therapy   2 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This is a survey course in respiratory therapy that provides an overview of the profession, including the various educational routes, credentialing mechanisms, professional associations, and job responsibilities of a respiratory therapist. Pulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, measurement scales, and basic gas behavior are taught. Principles of medical gas manufacture, storage, and safety systems are introduced.

3234   4:00p-6:05p W   BUNDY 239   Santana S A

Above section 3234 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

RES TH 60, Respiratory Physiology    4 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.

This course presents the physiology of the cardiopulmonary system from a clinical perspective including basic anatomy, pulmonary ventilation, diffusion of gases, pulmonary circulation, ventilation/perfusion relationships, blood gas transport, acid-base balance, mechanics of breathing and neural control of breathing.

3235   8:00a-12:30p T   BUNDY 239   Santana S A

Above section 3235 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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