RC 131   Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics* (3 Hours)

Prerequisites : Admission to the Respiratory Care Program and BIOL 144 with a "C" or higher and CHEM 122 with a "C" or higher and ENGL 121 with a "C" or higher.

Corequisites: RC 120 and RC 124.

Prerequisites or corequisites: BIOL 230 with a "C" or higher.

This course is a detailed review of the procedures, equipment, interpretation and analysis used in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary disease. Diagnostic procedures will include: non-invasive oxygen and carbon dioxide measurements, arterial blood gas analysis, pulmonary function testing, thoracic imaging studies, clinical laboratory data, the electrocardiogram, bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, cardiopulmonary exercise studies and sleep studies.

Respiratory Care, AAS


The respiratory therapist is involved in a variety of lifesaving and life-supporting situations. Respiratory therapists treat patients ranging in age from newborns to senior citizens in the prevention, treatment, management and rehabilitation of lung problems. Employment is typically in hospitals but is available in several other health delivery venues. The health care needs of an aging population will play a role in the future of respiratory care.