NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY

RTH 145 PHARMACOLOGY FOR RESPIRATORY CARE (2 CR.)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Presents selection criteria for the use of, and detailed information on pharmacologic agents used in pulmonary care. Lecture 2 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course is offered in the first semester of the respiratory care program for the beginning respiratory care student.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

The student must possess an understanding of the central and peripheral nervous system physiology and basic math skills to include ratio, proportions, and percents.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. safely and accurately administer aerosolized bronchodilators, mucolytics, surface active agents, inhaled corticosteroids, and mediator antagonists

B. accurately calculate medication dosages

C. administer medications by metered dose inhaler and dry powder inhaler

    D. identify specific drugs and their use in treating respiratory disease

    E. present on a related objective to the class (must also provide a written, cited paper using Word or similar word processing software

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    A. Principles of drug action

    B. Physiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems as it relates to the principles of drug action

    C. Dosage calculations

    D. Sympathomimetic and parasympatholytic bronchodilators

    E. Mucolytic and surface active agents

    F. Inhaled corticosteroid and mediator antagonists

Revised 3/00

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