Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
10-515-111 058115 Respiratory Survey
Outline of Instruction

Course Information
Description10-515-111 RESPIRATORY SURVEY ...examines the role of the Respiratory Therapist within the healthcare community. Reviews the ethical, legal, and regulatory principles that guide practice across diverse populations. Introductory patient assessment and critical thinking processes used in the development of respiratory care plans are explored. Emphasis is placed on promotion of evidence-based practice using established clinical practice guidelines and published research for its relevance to patient care. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Respiratory Therapy program)
Total Credits3
Prior Learning Assessments
Course Competencies
  1. Differentiate professional agencies
  2. Perform pulse oximetry
  3. Relate gas laws to respiratory function
  4. Examine the role of a respiratory therapist in healthcare
  5. Explore legal and ethical issues related to respiratory care
  6. Adapt communication strategies to a diverse patient population
  7. Review the medical record utilizing medical record keeping and charting methods consistent with hospital policy and procedures
  8. Utilize infection control principles
  9. Obtain a focused health history
  10. Evaluate patient data
  11. Perform a basic cardiovascular assessment
  12. Perform a respiratory assessment
  13. Obtain vital signs