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RC 140   Respiratory Care Pharmacology* (2 Hours)

Prerequisites : Admission to the Respiratory Care Program and RC 120 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 124 with a grade of "C" or higher and RC 131 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Corequisites: RC 136 and RC 145 and RC 146.

This course acquaints the student with general principles of pharmacology. It provides a comprehensive review of all drugs and drug groups that are administered by respiratory care practitioners or play an integral part in the management of patients they encounter. Emphasis is on the respiratory care clinical application of pharmacological agents, their therapeutic effects, mechanism of action and adverse effects rather than the biochemistry involved.

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. JCCC’s associate of applied science program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC ). Graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations for both the certified (CRT) and registered (RRT) respiratory therapist. This is a selective admission program with limited enrollment. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the program website or contact JCCC program personnel for additional information and application materials at 913-469-2583. Students must “pass” all clinical courses and maintain a grade of “C” or higher in all non-clinical courses to remain in the program. (Major Code 237A; State CIP Code 51.0908) Respiratory Care Program web page Prerequisite Semester CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry* 5 BIOL 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology* 5 Note: BIOL 140 and BIOL 225 will satisfy the BIOL 144 requirement. ENGL 121 Composition I* 3 Total Hours 13   First Semester RC 120 Respiratory Structure and Function* 2 RC 124 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care* 6 RC 131 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics* 3 BIOL 230 Microbiology* 3 Total Hours 14   Second Semester RC 136 Cardiopulmonary Diseases* 3 RC 140 Respiratory Care Pharmacology* 2 RC 145 Cardiopulmonary Critical Care I* 5 RC 146 Pediatric/Neonatal Respiratory Care* 2 Total Hours 12   Third Semester RC 255 Cardiopulmonary Critical Care II* 5 RC 271 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience I* 6 Social Science and/or Economics Elective 3 Total Hours 14 ^ See all AAS general education electives Fourth Semester RC 272 Respiratory Care Clinical Experience II* 6 RC 265 Respiratory Care Program Capstone* 3 Humanities/Art Elective 3 Total Hours 12 ^ See all AAS general education electives Total Program Hours: 65