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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.

4457   5:30p-7:35p W   BUNDY 239   Santana S A

Above section 4457 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

RES TH 30, Adult Critical Care Monitory and Diagnostics    3 units

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

This course presents current techniques of monitoring the critically ill adult patient. This includes electrocardiography, cardiovascular/hemodynamic monitoring, capnography and pulmonary function testing. Cardiovascular pharmacology and common approaches to supporting the unstable intensive care patient are presented. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) algorithms for treatment of the patient with acute coronary syndrome and other related disorders are reviewed.

3146   8:00a-11:05a M   BUNDY 239   Welch M A

Above section 3146 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

RES TH 70, Respiratory Pathophysiology    4 units

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

The pathology and pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of common diseases and disorders of the respiratory and cardiopulmonary systems are covered in detail. Techniques of laboratory evaluation and specific monitoring methods are discussed.

3147   2:15p-5:20p W   BUNDY 239   Santana S A

   1:00p-4:05p M   BUNDY 119   Santana S A

Above section 3147 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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