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Division of Cardiopulmonary Science

Pre-Professional Program
Professional Curriculum
Course Descriptions

Cardiopulmonary science, also known as respiratory care, is an allied health profession which prepares respiratory therapists who provide for the diagnosis, treatment, management, preventive care, and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary abnormalities.

Patients who have asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and coronary heart disease are commonly seen by respiratory therapists.  The respiratory therapist works with patients in the critical care unit, emergency department, newborn nursery, outpatient clinic, critical care transport, home care, and alternate care centers.

Working with physicians and other health professionals, respiratory therapists assess the health status of clients, manage complex diagnostic and life support systems, maintain sophisticated monitoring devices, and routinely administer medications, as well as other procedures.

The Division of Cardiopulmonary Science is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Faculty

Director:  Simmons, Mary
Director of Clinical Education:  Woods, Kandy
Medical Director:  Saint, David

Curriculum—The curriculum in cardiopulmonary science is designed to prepare registered respiratory therapists.  The curriculum is divided into two phases: a pre-professional curriculum and a professional curriculum.  To apply for admission into the professional curriculum, a grade of “C” or better is required in all pre-professional courses.  Candidates must complete a Division of Cardiopulmonary Science application and 16 hours of clinical observation and inquiry to be considered and accepted for admission into the professional curriculum.  The professional phase consists of classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences.  The curriculum is structured to provide the necessary knowledge and clinical competence requisite to entry-level license and eligibility to registry credentials.  All courses and comprehensive examinations in the professional phase must be passed in sequence with a “C” grade or better and/or acceptable score. Comprehensive examinations must be successfully completed to graduate.

Clinical Education—The clinical education experience begins in the second semester of the professional curriculum.  In this phase of the program, the student is expected to adhere to the curriculum, clinical policies and hospital regulations. Students are required to  pay for and clear criminal background and finger print screening.

Students are responsible for the purchase of uniforms and access needed as part of the educational experience.

Professional Credentials—A bachelor of science degree in cardiopulmonary science is awarded upon completion of the curriculum.  Graduates are eligible to apply for the Florida Respiratory Care Practitioner License and/or Entry-Level Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC).  Successful candidates will be eligible to apply for the Registry Examinations also administered by the NBRC.

The CPS Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).  Florida A&M University changed the program name from respiratory therapy to cardiopulmonary science in 1998.

The following courses, or acceptable equivalent courses, must be completed prior to entering the division as a major in Cardiopulmonary Science. “The asterisk (*) indicates the course is a state common prerequisite. Substitutes indicated in the state Common Prerequisite Manual at www.facts.org will be accepted.”

Pre-Professional Program
Freshman Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester  
AMH 2010 or AMH 2020 U. S. History........................................................................... 3
BSC 1010 Biological Sciences (with Lab)...................................................................... 4
CHM 1030 Introductory Chemistry for Health Sciences with Lab................................... 4
ENC 1101 Freshman Communicative Skills I................................................................. 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra............................................................................................ 3
  17
Spring Semester  
AMH 2091 Introduction to African American History...................................................... 3
CHM 1031 Chemistry for Health Sciences (with Lab).................................................... 4
ENC 1102 Freshman Communicative Skills II................................................................ 3
HSC 1100 Health for Modern Living............................................................................... 3
MAC 1114 Algebraic and Trigonometric Functions......................................................... 3
  16

Sophomore Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester  
BSC 2093 Anatomy and Physiology I (with Lab)............................................................ 4
SPC 1050 Foundation of Speech................................................................................... 3
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology............................................................................. 3
HSC 1000 Orientation To Health Science...................................................................... 1
HUM 2230 Historical Survey........................................................................................... 3
  14
Spring Semester  
BSC 2094 Anatomy and Physiology II (with Lab)........................................................... 4
HSC 3531 Medical Terminology..................................................................................... 3
PHY 2053 College Physics (with Lab)............................................................................ 4
CGS 1160 Introduction to Microcomputers..................................................................... 3
  14
Summer Semester  
MAN 3021 Principles of Management............................................................................ 3
STA 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics........................................................ 3
MCB 3005 Microbiology (with Lab) OR
PHA 3751  Medical Microbiology and Immunology (with Lab).......................................
4
  10
Pre-Professional Curriculum Total Credits................................................................ 71

Professional Curriculum
Junior Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester  
RET 3483 Health Assessment and Intervention I (with Lab).......................................... 4
RET 3485 Integration of Structure and Function of Human Systems............................. 4
RET 4350 Medical Therapeutic Agents.......................................................................... 4
  12
Spring Semester  
RET 3034 Cardiopulmonary Assessment (with Lab)...................................................... 4
RET 3874 Clinical Process and Intervention  I............................................................... 4
HSA 3110  Organization  and Administration of Health Facilities................................... 3
RET 4294 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology................................................................ 2
  13
Summer Semester  
RET 3264 Critical Health Assessment and Interventions (with Lab).............................. 4
RET 3875 Clinical Process and Critical Interventions  II................................................ 4
RET 4930  Professional Seminar, Cardiopulmonary Science........................................ 1
  9

Senior Year Sem. Hrs.
Fall Semester  
RET 4618 Advanced Practicum in Cardiopulmonary Science....................................... 3
RET 4876 Clinical Process and Critical Interventions III................................................ 4
RET 4714 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy (with Lab)................................ 5
  12
Spring Semester  
RET 4877 Clinical Process and Critical Interventions IV................................................ 4
RET 3418 Diagnostics and Non-Traditional Health Care
Delivery (with Lab)..........................................................................................................
4
RET 4616 Advanced Seminar in Cardiopulmonary Science.......................................... 2
  10
Professional Curriculum Total Credits............................................................................ 56
Total Credits.................................................................................................................. 127


RET 3034 Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Interventions (3, 1)  Prereq: RET 3493. RET 3495, Coreqs: RET 3884. RET 4930. Pathophysiology is integrated with problem-oriented activities. Client/Patient assessment skills, interpretation of clinical data, and intermediate interventions for acute and chronic illnesses are structured.
RET 3268 Critical Health Assessment and Interventions (3,1) Prereq: RET 3034, RET 4294, RET 3884. Coreq: RET 4930, RET 3885. Integration of pathophysiology with advanced clinical assessment and intervention skills is conducted. Cardiorespiratory monitoring and critical care interventions are presented in forms of problem oriented activities. -18-
RET 3419 Diagnostics and Non-Traditional Health Care Delivery (3,1) Prereq: RET 4618, RET 4886. Coreqs: RET 4616. RET 4887. Theoretical concepts or cardiorespiratory diagnostics and data interpretation are presented. Disease prevention, rehabilitation and home care and nontraditional health care delivery settings are also emphasized.
RET 3493 Health Assessment and Interventions (3, 1) Prereq. BSC 2093, BSC 2094. An introduction to clinical problem-solving and the respiratory care profession are presented. Principles of health prevention and assessment, interpretation of clinical data. and basic therapeutic interventions are emphasized.
RET 3495 Integration of Structure and Function of Human Systems (4) Prereq: BSC 2093. BSC 2094, MCB 3005, PHY 2053 Emphasizes organizational control and function of the human body, homeostatic mechanisms, and evaluation of functional balance. Emphasis is placed on presentations of physiologic principles of metabolism.
RET 3884 Clinical Process and Interventions I (4) Prereq: RET 3493, RET 3495. Coreq: RET 3034, RET 4294. Interpersonal interactions practice or fundamental assessment and interventions are integrated with case presentations, clinical problem-solving activities, and selected clinical simulations.
RET 3885 Clinical Process and Critical Interventions II (4) Prereq: RET 3884, RET 3034. Coreq: RET 3268. Interpersonal interactions, practice of intermediate assessment and interventions are integrated with case presentations, clinical problem-solving activities, clinical conferences and clinical simulations.
RET 4294 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology (2) Prereq: RET 3493, RET 3495. RET 4354. Coreq: RET 3034, RET 3884. Etiology, pathophysiology, and management of selected respiratory diseases are approached from a pulmonary medicine prospective.
RET 4354 Medical Therapeutic Agents (4) Coreq: RET 3493, RET 3495. Principles or medical physiology, biological and synthetic substances, mechanisms of action, and therapeutic evaluation applied to respiratory medicine. Mathematics of drugs and solutions, federal and state regulations are also emphasized.
RET 4616 Advanced Seminar in Respiratory Therapy (2) Prereq: RET 3034, RET 3495, RET 3885. Concepts fundamental to entry-level into respiratory care are examined. In addition, topics on entry-level competence, health organizations, legal, ethical, socioeconomic issues relative to respiratory care and research are presented.
RET 4618 Advanced Practicum in Respiratory Therapy (3) Prereq: RET 4618, RET 4717 Emphasis is placed on research in respiratory care, health related organizations, principles and practice of respiratory care education, supervision and management of respiratory care services. Organizational, political and economical aspects of health outcomes assessment are studied.
RET 4717 Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Therapy (4, 1) Prereq: RET 3495, RET 4294, RET 4886; Coreq. RET 4886. Assessment, pathophysiology and interventions of selected cardiopulmonary diseases common to neonatal and pediatric critical care patients are
presented.
RET 4886 Clinical Process/Diagnostics and Interventions III Health Care Delivery (4) RET 388, RET 4616. Coreq: RET 4618. Interpersonal interactions, practice of advanced diagnostics and intervention skills are integrated in non-traditional and home care settings. Emphasis is placed on epidemiological psychosocial, environmental assessments and economical aspects of care.
RET 4887 Clinical Process and Interventions IV (4) Prereq: RET 4618, RET 4886; Coreq. RET 3419. Interpersonal interactions, practice of advanced diagnostics and health interventions in specialty areas are integrated with clinical problem-based learning activities.
RET 4906 Directed Individual Study Var. (1-10) Independent study/research in professional area of interest with appropriate supervision is conducted.
RET 4930 Professional Seminar Respiratory Therapy (1) Prereq. RET 3034, RET 4294. Practical experiences on professional competence beyond entry-level, management of respiratory care services, respiratory therapy education, and research are emphasized.