Critical Care Monitoring Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RSPT-2355-001 Critical Care Monitoring


Course Description

Advanced monitoring techniques used to assess a patient in the critical care setting.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


  1. Pilbeam.  Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and Clinical Application, Mosby, 7th Ed.
  2. Wilkins. Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care, Mosby/Year, 8th Ed.
  3. Wilkins.  Egans Fundmentals of Respiratory Care, Mosby, 11th Ed.



  1. Class Notes
  2. Laptop computer with Internet/WiFi capability for in-class online testing

Student Performance

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Describe the principles/techniques involved in critical care monitoring; interpret patient data; and apply data to evaluate cardiopulmonary disorders.

  1. List and describe indications and contrindications for chest drainage & the placement of chest tubes.
  2. Describe the types of drainage systems.
  3. Describe care of patients with closed-chest drainage.
  4. Describe methods used to analyze expired CO2 & be able to interpret capnograms.
  5. List indications for bronchoscopy (rigid and flexible).
  6. Describe the bronchoscopy procedure (rigid and flexible), including methods, equipment and complications associated with the procedure.
  7. Understand the effects of mechanical ventiltory support, both beneficial & harmful.
  8. Be able to diagnose acute respiratory failure by clinical assessment & spontaneous parameters.
  9. Assess tissue oxygenation, including V/Q relationships, ability of oxygen to cross the alveolar-capillary membrane, O2, transport, tissue O2 extraction, and adequacy of ventilation.
  10. Define and calculate cardiac physiology concepts, including cardiac output, stroke volume, cardiac index, systemic vascular resistance and pulmonary vascular resistance.
  11. Understand what determines cardiac output, including preload, afterload, and myocardial contractility.
  12. Describe components of a pressure monitoring system, set-up, and general complications involved with a system.
  13. Discuss the physiologic significance of hemodynamic monitoring and be able to interpret the pressure values obtained.
  14. Describe the catheter insertion technique for the Swan-Ganz catheter, A-line, and CVP.
  15. List possible complications of having a A-line, CVP, or Swan-Ganz catheter in place and know how to measure cardiac output using the thermodilution and dye dilution technique.
  16. Describe spectrophotometry be able to interpret values obtained from mixed venous blood gas samples.
  17. Discuss the operation of the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP).

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

  1. Please make every effort to be on time and stay in your seat for the entire class period.  Late arrivals, leaving class and returning are very disrupting to the class and to a proper leaning environment.
  2. The student should read assignments prior to class and be prepared to discuss topics covered in class.  Students will be called on to share their understanding of topics.
  3. Assigned homework is to be completed before class.  Homework cannot be completed in class unless the instructor gives permission.
  4. Exams and weekly quizzes will begin at the start of class.  In the case of major exams, students may begin the exam when they arrive, but will have the same completion deadline as everyone else in the class.  In the case of weekly quizzes, if the student arrives late, he/she will not be allowed to take the quiz and will receive a grade of 0.  Please note that for major exams the student will need to bring their own laptop computers.
  5. CELL PHONES MUST BE TURNED OFF OR BE IN VIBRATE MODE AND PUT AWAY DURING CLASS AND EXAMS.  The instructor has the right to confiscate any cell phone being used inappropriately.  The phone will be returned at the end of class.  If a cell phone rings during a major exam, a 10% score deduction will be implemented when the exam is graded.  Calculators may not be used during exams.
  6. Other behavior deemed as being disruptive or disrepectful by the instructor may lead to the student(s) being asked to leave the classroom.  If this happens, the student(s) will not be allowed to return until after a counseling session with the Program Director. Disruptive behavior may consist of, but not be limited to: private conversations, unauthorized mobile phone usage, sleeping in class, and rude or disrespective behavior towards the instructor or other students.
  7. Cheating on exams will result in a grade of 0 for the exam and will severely jeopardize successful completion of this course (see AC RC Student Handbook for definitions).

Grading Criteria

  1. Homework assignments
  2. Weekly quizzes
  3. Unannounced quizzes
  4. "Get Ready" TMC Game
  5. Six (6) section exams

There will be no exemptions from section or final exams.

Testing Procedure

Exams will be administered using Respondus Lockdown Browser to ensure exam integrity.

During the testing period, the student may take a break, however, no additional time will be allowed for the test.  Only one student at a time may leave the testing room.  After completion of a major exam, the student will not be allowed to wait for the next class in the laboratory or hallway.  The student must either sit quietly in their seat until all students are finished or exit the building.

Calculators will be enabled through Respondus.

If an exam is taken at home using Respondus Lockdown Browser, cameras must be used. If a camera is not availble on the device, the exam must be taken at the college with a proctor.

The Program has 1 "loaner" computer for testing. If your laptop fails to log in, the loaner will be available on a first-come, first serve basis. If the loaners is not available, the test will have to be taken late, with the make-up penalty applied.

The exams will not be reviewed. If the student desires to review test content for further study, an appointment must be made with the instructor.

Make-up policy

The opportunity to make-up missed tests and turn in assignments will be decided on an individual basis by the instructor.  The exam must be taken within 1 week and the maximum grade that can be earned is 75%.  Makeup exams may be different from the exam given on the scheduled day.  There will be no make-up offered for the final exam or quizzes.  Homework assignments will not be accepted late.


  1. Graded quizzes, worth 10 points each, will occur on Tuesdays (except on exam days). One quiz grade will be dropped.

  2. An NBRC Question competition will occur on Thursdays. At the end of the semester, the winner will receive the prize of having an additional quiz grade dropped.

  3. Additional assignments may also be given and points may be earned by the student for completion of the assignment. Total possible course points may change as assignments are added throughout the semester.

  4. Each examination/quiz/assignment will have a specific number of points awarded for correct answers. The number of points earned by a student will be divided by the maximum possible points. The result will be expressed as a percent and converted to a grade.

  5. The only extra credit offered in this course will be extra credit questions on the major exams.

  6. Nothing in this course will be curved.

  7. Rounding of scores will take place as follows:  0.5 will round up to the next highest whole number, ex. 74.5 = 75.0.  74.4 will NOT round up.

  8. At least 10% of the questions on major exams will come from the reading assignments.

  9. At the end of the course, the final grade will be computed using the schema listed below.

  10. Grades will be posted in Blackboard.

  11. The grading schema for this course is:

  • A = 90-100

  • B = 80-89

  • C = 75-79

  • F = less than 75

Remediation Policy

The instructor will meet with students who do not pass exams.  Both parties will develop a plan to gain better understanding of the information covered on the test.  The plan may include but not be limited to:

  1. research of exam topics
  2. written discussion of topics
  3. oral discussion of topics
  4. mandatory tutoring at the AC Success Center and/or with the SSS Program tutor

Mandatory remediation sessions exams may be a group event at a date/time set by the instructor. Failure to arrive on time and complete the remediation at the set date/time will result in negative (-10) points for that exam.

Mandatory tutoring in the West Campus Student Success Center (WCB Building) will be required when a test is failed. The student will obtain a “prescription” for tutoring from the instructor and return proof of the tutoring session to the instructor when tutoring is complete. The student must complete the prescribed tutoring to be eligible to take the next exam.


Any time a class is missed, it is the student's responsibility to obtain notes from classmates.  The instructor will be happy to discuss any information from the class, but the instructor's lecture notes are not available for copying.

To minimize absences and lecture class disruptions, student may earn points that will affect the final course grade. Every time the student earns four (4) points, the final course grade will be dropped one (1) letter grade. Points are earned as follows:

Missing an entire lecture class = 1 point
Arriving late** to lecture = 1/2 point
Leaving lecture early = 1/2 point
Leaving class (for any reason) and returning = 1/2 point

**The student is "Late" to class if the student is not is their seat when class begins.

In the event of virtual classes or quarantining due to Covid-19, all rules of attendance will apply. It will be counted as an absence if the student does not log on, does not activate the camera and/or is not dressed and sitting at a desk/table. If the student logs on after the class as started, the student is "late". Proof fo illness due to Covid-19 may be required.

A student who plans to succeed in this course should also plan to regularly attend all lecture sessions.  Cases of excessive tardiness and absence will be handled on an individual basis and will require a counseling session.  Following this session, a departmental counseling form will be placed in your file.  The purpose of this form is to document that the student has been made aware that excessive absences are jeopardizing successful completion of this course.


Date Lesson/Lecture
Week 1 Syllabus; Chest Tubes
Week 2 Capnography, Endoscopy
Week 3 Exam 1; Effects of Mechanical Ventilatory Support
Week 4 Effects of Mechanical Ventilatory Support
Week 5 Exam 2; Acute Respiratory Failure
Week 6 Acute Respiratory Failure
Week 7 Exam 3
Week 8 Oxygen Transport
Week 9 Oxygen Transport
Week 10 Oxygen Transport
Week 11 Exam 4
Week 12 Cardiopulmonary Monitoring
Week 13 Cardiopulmonary Monitoring
Week 14 Exam 5
Week 15 Cardiopulmonary Monitoring
Final Week  



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Syllabus Created on:

12/14/21 9:35 AM

Last Edited on:

04/28/22 8:49 AM