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Required Courses

(24 credits total)
RSP 330 - Case Studies in Medical Ethics
(3 credits) 
Investigation of groundbreaking medical cases that shape the way healthcare is practiced today. Examination of ethical and social issues surrounding the practice of medicine, particularly the relationship between clinician and patient. Emphasis on the role that advancements in medical technology and biomedical innovation play in health care decision-making.

RSP 340 - Principles of Care Coordination in Respiratory Disease Management (3 credits) 
Examination of the systems and tools necessary to work successfully with the Respiratory Disease population health models, processes, staffing, training, patient advocacy/engagement, and reporting/reimbursement, with the aim of improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. Introduction to concepts and principles of pulmonary rehabilitation, and Medical Home model of care. Students will learn how to optimize the quality of life for chronically ill patients with cardiopulmonary disease through rehabilitation, education and outpatient management.

RSP 440 - Evidenced-Based Practice & Research in Respiratory Care (3 credits)  
Conceptual examination of evidence-based practice and skill acquisition necessary to incorporate evidence and best practices into professional work with the lung disease patient. These include an understanding of research methods and a scientific approach to critical appraisal of research literature. Analysis of scientific data to support approaches to respiratory care. Examination of the development of respiratory care practice guidelines.

RSP 420 - Neonatal/Pediatric Care of the Pulmonary Patient  (3 credits) 
Overview of fetal and neonatal development and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system. Normal and abnormal physiology, diagnostics, and possible treatment including examination of trends and technology utilized for neonatal care is researched. Explores the assessments made by the healthcare team on the newborn and the continuing monitoring of neonates with respiratory and other difficulties.

EXS 410 - Pathophysiology (3 credits)  
Advanced examination of the major body system diseases that effect respiration. Exposure to patient assessment skills as essential to patient diagnosis and treatment. An in-depth study of the cardiopulmonary pathophysiology and diagnostic interpretive tools to prepare students to communicate effectively with other members of the critical care interdisciplinary health care team.

RSP 445 - Respiratory Care Seminar (3 credits) 
Designed to allow the student to explore clinical processes in an advanced practice area (neonatal critical care, pediatric critical care, adult critical care, pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary function laboratory, polysomnography, hyperbaric therapy, respiratory care management or respiratory care education) through the development of clinically-related projects in the areas of quality improvement, health care organizational structures and/or current processes in patient management with the goal of acquiring the skills necessary to conduct and present original research. Students should select a specialty topic that reflects their area of interest. Peer-to-Peer teaching is an integral part of this course.

RSP 425 - Respiratory Care Education (3 credits) 
Fundamental background in educational theory and practical application skills of educational delivery and evaluation within the construct of the health care environment, most notably the respiratory care profession. Course content includes information on designing a lecture or course for the classroom, as an in-service or in a continuing education program. Focus on assessing educational needs, organizing instruction, instructional methods and education.

EXS 411 - General Medical Perspectives (3 credits) 
Study of pharmacological agents and general medical conditions, disabilities, abnormalities, and diseases of physically active individuals. Included is the etiology, recognition, physical examination, management, prevention and referral of common medical conditions.

elective Courses

(12 credits total)
RSP 315 - Healthcare in the Age of Mass Media(3 credits)  
Examines the role that mass media plays in the health of global citizens. Investigations into the way healthcare messages are communicated and understood through traditional and non-traditional media formats. E-health, telemedicine, and medical tourism are examined. Explores current and emerging issues such as organ donation as a “Facebook” status, television marketing of e-cigarettes, and storytelling as a way to communicate health care information.

RSP 325 - Dimensions of Healthcare Leadership (3 credits)  
The study of theories, principles and skills needed to function in a leadership position. Emphasis is placed on the development of competencies applicable to not only the professional practice of respiratory care, but also as members of the community. Addresses the key issues confronting healthcare leaders today; examines the causes, and develops reasonable solutions to current healthcare challenges.

RSP 415 - Health Care Essentials (3 credits) 
Encompasses an introduction to the history, trends, issues, and evolution of the American healthcare system with emphasis on the evolution of the respiratory therapy profession. Contemporary issues in America’s health care system are addressed to include the organization and delivery of health care, major public health issues; issues related to health care disparities and future directions of the health care system.

RSP 455 - Clinical Practicum I (3 credits) 
Exposes students in the optional clinical track to advanced clinical rotation, in specific clinical area for a single clinical experience. Specific learning objectives are written by the student in collaboration with program faculty and clinical preceptors. Students create e-portfolios to document their experience and communicate electronically with faculty at regular intervals.

RSP 457 - Clinical Practicum II (3 credits) 
Exposes students in the optional clinical track to specific clinical rotations (eg. pulmonary function, LTAC, hyperbaric medicine, etc.) based on availability and interest, facilitated by experts in the area. Students continue with their e-portfolios for display on the course learning management system. 

PCH 201 - Wellness(3 credits)
Personal pursuit of well-being of mind, body and spirit.

PCH 351 - Health in Society(3 credits)
Examination of health services and institutions; the role of health professionals and their relationships with clients; and, the relationship between illness and the social process. (Pre-requisite: PCH 202)

PCH 353 - Global Health(3 credits)
A study of health status and health resources in nations across the globe, and the factors influencing each.

PCH 365 - Illness and Disease(3 credits)
Ecological perspective of illness and disease; etiological agents, environmental factors and prevention/control strategies.

PCH 450 - Death, Dying and Bereavement(3 credits)
Understanding death in our culture and social and personal mechanisms for responding to death, dying and bereavement.

PCH 352/ANT 312 Health, Disease and Culture/Medical Anthropology(3 credits)
The cross-cultural approach to health behavior, with emphasis on social factors related to the success of public health programs in underdeveloped Third World countries.

ANT/WMS 380 Anthropology of Women and Health(3 credits)
Anthropological analysis of local to global processes impacting women's health around the world. Ethnographic case studies that look at social organization, kinship, marriage, race, class, religion, etc. that contribute tot he well-being of women. Exploration of non-Western healing techniques employed by women through time and space.

SOC 344 Medical Sociology(3 credits)
Examination of the influences of social factors such as as race, class, and gender on health and illness of individuals and groups in society. Included are discussions about ethical issues in health care research and application of sociological theories, as well as the review of global health issues such as AIDS, and the structure and outcomes of different health care systems, including the U.S.

REC 307 Disabilities in Society(3 credits)
Exploration of the range of human experiences of individuals with disabilities and the associated attitudes which shaped historic treatment leading to reforms, advocacy techniques useful in arranging services for people with disabilities. The interrelationships of societal institutions, methods to exert control, the responses of societies to these issues current best practices, and the forecasting of future trends and issues. Emphasis on inclusion, integration, and community membership are explored. Community-based service learning and observation are required.

IDS 400 Tier 3 course (pending UCF approval)

Optional four 1-credit courses offerings:

RSP 461 Adult Critical Care Specialty Practice Exam Preparation(1 credit)
Focus on the competencies needed for advanced practitioners to successfully prepare for the specialty examinations offered by the NBRC in Adult Critical Care Specialty Exam. Open to seniors only, with at least one year critical care experience.

RSP 463 Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty Practice Exam Preparation (1 credit)
Focus on the competencies needed for advanced practitioners to successfully prepare for the specialty examinations offered by the NBRC in Neonatal/Pediatric Specialty.

RSP 465 Sleep Disorders Specialty Practice Exam Preparation (1 credit)
Focus on the competencies needed for advanced practitioners to successfully prepare for the specialty examinations offered by the NBRC in Sleep Disorders Specialty.

RSP 467 CPFT Practice Exam Preparation (1 credit)
Focus on the competencies needed for advanced practitioners to successfully prepare for the specialty examinations offered by the NBRC in CPFT Specialty.