Specialties in Respiratory Care Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Office Location

West Campus Allied Health 131

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Course Information

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RSPT-2147-001 Specialties in Respiratory Care


Course Description

Emerging and specialty practices in respiratory care.

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Department Expectations

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
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Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

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(1 sem hr; 1 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


No required textbooks


Students must have a laptop computer with reliable internet access and class notes.

Student Performance

End-of-Course Outcomes: Delineate the respiratory therapist's role in emerging and specialty practices.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

  1. Please make every effort to be on time and to 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 daily quizzes will be started at the beginning of class.  In the case of major exams, students may begin the exam when they arrive, but will have the same deadline as everyone else in the class.  In the case of daily 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 BE PUT AWAY DURING CLASS. 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.
  6. Other behavior deemed as disruptive or disrespectful 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.
  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).
  8. In the event that AC moves to virtual only courses or a student must attend virtually due to Covid-19, it will be a requirement that webcams be on at all times duing class.  Failure to turn on or leave on a webcam will result in an absence for that scheduled class time.

Grievance Procedure: If a student is having a problem with course policies or the instructor, he or she should first try and resolve any such problems through the instructor.  If the problem is not resolved, the student may proceed to Respiratory Care Program Director (Becky Byrd), Associate Dean of Health Sciences (Kim Boyd), and Dean of Health Sciences (Kim Crowley).  If the student is still unsatisifed, they may proceed to the Vice President of Enrollment Management (Bob Austin) or the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, (Becky Burton).

Grading Criteria

The final grade for this course is based on the following:

  1. Seven (7) assignments (50 points each for a total of 350 points)
  2. Two (2) attendance/participation grades (50 points each for a total of 100 points)
  3. Three(3) exams (50 points each for a total of 150 points)
  4. One (1) comprehensive final exam (150 points)

Class attendance and participation grades are required.  There will be one day (marked with ** on calendar) that the student must attend in order to receive the points.  This day can not be made up and will be recorded as a zero if the student is not in attendance.

Assignments are to be turned in no later than the due date. Late assignments will not be accepted and will be scored as zero without exception.

Testing Procedure

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 may be used during exams or quizzes.  During exams, calculators will be enabled through Respondus.


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.

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

Exams will not be made available to review post-test.  If the student desires to know specific content areas to study based on exam performance, an appointment must be made with the instructor to discuss this information.  Pictures and/or recordings of exam questions are not allowed.  Failure to adhere to this policy will result in a grade of 0 for the exam and will severely jeopardize successful completion of this course (see AC RC Student Handbook).

Make-up policy

The opportunity to make-up missed tests 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

Homework assignments are intended to enhance learning course material and to prepare for exams.  Homework assignments will be due on a specified date and will not be accepted late.


The grading schema for this course is:

             A = 90 - 100
             B = 80 - 89
             C = 75 - 79
             F = 0 - 74

Students must score a 75% in order to pass this course.

Remediation Policy

The instructor will meet with students who do not pass exams for mandatory remediation.  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 in the AC Success Center and/or with the SSS Program tutor.

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

A student who plans to succeed in this course should 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.









Syllabus/Course Overview

Syllabus Quiz


Adult Critical Care (NBRC ACCS)

ACCS Practice Exam


Diagnostics (CPFT-RPFT)

RPFT Practice Exam



Exam 1


Neonatal-Pediatrics (NPS)

NPS Practice Exam


Sleep Disorder Specialist (CRT-SDS, RRT-SDS)

SDS Practice Exam



Exam 2



Paper (Management Goals)





Assisting Physicians

Paper (RT Assist)



Exam 3


Transport Therapist (NWTH with Myra) **

NWTH Lifestar


Hyperbaric Medicine



Disease Management

PowerPoint Project


Disease Management

Cont project


Home Health



Final Exam

Final Exam

Additional Information

Tutoring Policy:

To meet course requirements, students who do not achieve the minimum passing score of 75% on any Section Exam are required to:

  • Meet with the course instructor to receive a prescription for tutoring at the West Campus Tutoring Center.
  • Attend a prescribed tutoring session with a Tutor at the West Campus Tutoring Center prior to the course’s next exam.
  • Return the completed prescription, verified by the tutor’s signature, to the ordering faculty member.

Required tutoring will be prescribed each time a student does not achieve the minimum passing score of 75% on a Section Exam.

Students who do not complete the required tutoring will not be allowed to take the course’s next exam.

Students who do not complete the required tutoring and are not allowed to take the next exam will earn a grade of zero for that exam.



This is a guide for our course and is subject to change.  The last day to drop is April 18, 2022.

Syllabus Created on:

01/05/22 3:46 PM

Last Edited on:

04/26/22 11:40 AM