Respiratory Care Procedures II Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RSPT-1411-001 Respiratory Care Procedures II


Prerequisite: RSPT 1410

Course Description

Develops essential knowledge and skills of airway care and mechanical ventilation.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


  1. Egan's Fundamentals of Resp. Care, 12th ed., Elsevier.
  2. Pilbeam, Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and Clinical Application, 7th ed., Elsevier.
  3. Mosby’s Respiratory Care Equipment, 10th ed., Elsevier.
  4. Lab Manual (downloaded from the web)
  5. Lecture notes (downloaded from the web)

Be aware that book #1 and 3 were purchased last semester.


  1. Disposable lab supplies (purchased in previous Fall semester in AC West Campus Bookstore).
  2. Stethoscope
  3. Class Notes
  4. Laptop computer with Internet/WiFi/camera capability for in-class online testing


Student Performance

End of Course Outcomes:  Set up equipment; conduct airway care; initiate mechanical ventilation; troubleshoot equipment; maintain patient records; and communicate relevant information to members of the health care team.

  1. Define, recognize and categorize respiratory failure.
  2. Define endotracheal intubation.
  3. List equipment needed for endotracheal intubation.
  4. List indications for and complications of oral, nasal endotracheal; and tracheostomy tubes.
  5. Identify the parts and describe the types of endotracheal, tracheostomy tubes and cuffs.
  6. Demonstrate tracheostomy tube and stoma care.
  7. Choose proper endotracheal tube size based on patient size and describe cuff inflation techniques.
  8. Demonstrate proper intubation and extubation.
  9. Define and list the indications for tracheotomy.
  10. Know the indications for and the goals of mechanical ventilatory support.
  11. Understand the differences between negative pressure ventilation, positive pressure ventilation and spontaneous ventilation.
  12. Describe power sources, drive mechanisms, circuits, breath types, and control variables of mechanical ventilators.
  13. Discuss time, flow, volume,and pressure relationships of mechanical ventilators.
  14. Understand the phase variables of mechanical ventilators.
  15. Calculate compressed volume loss and describe how this volume is affected by PIP.
  16. Describe inflation hold. Why is it used? What are its side-effects?
  17. Describe expiratory phase modifications, including expiratory hold, expiratory retard and PEEP.
  18. Understand the clinical effects, both beneficial and harmful of mechanical ventilators.
  19. Describe modes of ventilation.
  20. Solve equations dealing with the relationships between tidal volume, gas flow rate, total cycle time, inspiratory time, expiratory time and I:E ratios.
  21. Understand the effects of increased airway resistance, decreased compliance and leaks in the circuits on each type of cycling mechanism.
  22. Understand the steps to begin mechanical ventilatory support including cardiovascular stabilization.
  23. Describe humidification and heating techniques for mechanical ventilation, including advantages and disadvantages of humidifiers vs. heat/moisture exchangers.
  24. Know ventilator initial settings for mode, tidal volume, respiratory rate, sensitivity, gas flow rate, FIO2, sighs, PEEP, humidification and alarm settings.
  25. Describe and be able to set all types of ventilator alarms.
  26. Monitor a ventilators operation and make ventilator changes according to arterial blood gas results and patient response.
  27. Understand compliance and airway resistance, and be able to describe monitoring techniques for peak pressure, plateau pressure and mean airway pressure.
  28. List conditions that may change lung compliance and airway resistance.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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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 instructer has the right to confiscate any cell phone being used inappropirately.  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 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.
  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 requirment that webcams be on at all times durin class.  Failure to turn on or leave on a webcam will result in an absence for that scheduled class time.
  9. 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).

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 unsatisfied, they may proceed to the Vice President of Enrollment Management (Bob Austin) or to the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, (Becky Burton).


Grading Criteria

  1. Homework assignments
  2. Lab exercises
  3. Weekly quizzes
  4. Five (5) section exams
  5. Lab Practical exam
  6. Patient simulations

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 may not 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 not be made available to review post-test.  If the student desires to know specific content areas to study based on exam peformance, 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 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, lab practical or quizzes.

Lab Exercises & Homework Assignments

Lab exercises & homework assignments are intended to enhance learning course material and to prepare for exams.  Lab is designed as a place to learn, then to practice, and finally to test in the sim lab. In the lab you are expected to perform the Lab Exercises and practice for the sims. Lab Worksheets are homework. Graded lab exercises can be "redone" to raise the initial grade, but the re-grade cannot exceed 85%.  Lab exercises, lab exercise corrections and homework assignments will be due on a specified date and will not be accepted late

Lab Exercises will be submitted for grading as a group assignment. Students working on the assignment must sign their own name to the work. Lab Exercise "redo's" must be completed separately, and both the original and corrected work submitted for re-grading. As with the original submission, students working on the corrections must sign their own name to the work. Names may not be added after submission.

The points earned from simulation, homework, quizzes and lab exercises will not be added into the student's course grade average unless the student has earned at least a 74.5% average on the exams.

Simulation Lab

Sim lab is for procedure testing and there will be a reasonable time limit on all simulations.  Absolutely no teaching regarding technique will be done.  Questions may be asked about the situation.  Each simulation is worth 10 points and all sims must be passed to pass the course.  Each sim may be attempted up to 3 times, however every attempt after the initial will have a maximum score of
75%. A failed sim attempt will result if your name is drawn for simulation and you are not in class.

It will be necessary to spend time in the laboratory outside of class time to complete all laboratory assignments and simulations.  All simulations must be successfully completed by Thursday, 4:00 pm in the week preceding finals.  ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!



  1. There will be a 5 point daily quiz in lecture, except for exam day. The quizzes will only be over material covered since the last quiz. Two (2) quiz grades will be dropped.
  2. Additional assignments may also be given and points may be earned by the student for completion of the assignment. Total points for the course is subject to change throughout the semester.
  3. Each examination/quiz/assignment will have a specific number of points awarded for correct answers. If the student wishes to calculate his/her earned percentage on an exam/quiz/assignment, the number of points earned is divided by the maximum possible points for the exam/quiz/assignment x 100.
  4. The only extra credit offered in this course wil be bonus questions on the major exams.
  5. Nothing in this course will be curved, however, bonus points will be available on each exam.
  6. 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.
  7. At least 10% of the questions on major exams will come from the reading assignments.
  8. At the end of the course, the points earned from quizzes, simulation, homework, and lab exercises will then be added into the student's course grade average if the student has earned at least a 74.5% average on the exams. In other words, until all exams are graded, the "Course Grade" visible in Blackboard will be the exam average.
  9. The Final Course grade is weighted, 70% for exams and 30% for quizzes, lab work and other assignments. The result will be expressed as a percent and converted to a letter grade. Remember, points earned from quizzes, simulation, homework, and lab exercises will only be included in the total course points if the student has earned at least a 74.5% average on the exams.
  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 = 0 - 74

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 the 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.

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 & lab = 1 point
Missing an entire lecture class = 1/2 point
Missing an entire laboratory = 1/2 point
Arriving late** to lecture or lab = 1/2 point
Leaving lecture or lab early = 1/2 point
Leaving class (for any reason) and returning = 1/2 point
Working on non-lab material in lab = 1/2 point

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

A student who plans to succeed in this course should also plan to regularly attend all lecture and laboratory 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.



Week 1 Syllabus, Respiratory failure Unit 15: Artificial Airways
Week 2 Respiratory failure, ABGs Unit 16: Ventilation Parameters
Week 3 Intro to mechanical ventilation Unit 17: Cuff Inflation
Week 4 Drives, breath types, flow/volume/time/pressure Unit 18: Intubation/Extubation
Week 5 Exam 1; control variables, cycling Unit 18: Intubation/Extubation
Week 6 Inspiratory & expiratory phase Unit 13: Tracheostomy
Week 7 Exam 2; modes Ventilator Orientation/Lab Exam
Week 8 Modes BiPAP Orientation
Week 9 Calculations Ventilator Exercises
Week 10 Exam 3; Ventilatory support initiation Ventilator Exercises
Week 11 Humidification, Ventilator settings Ventilator Exercises
Week 12 Ventilator settings Ventilator Exercises
Week 13 Management: volume, pressure, flow Patient-Ventilator Management
Week 14 Management: ventilation, oxygenation Patient-Ventilator Management
Week 15 Management: diseases Patient-Ventilator Management
Lab Practical (Wed. April 30)
Final Week    


Last date to withdraw is April 18, 2022.

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Syllabus Created on:

01/05/22 4:00 PM

Last Edited on:

02/18/22 9:19 AM