Mechanical Ventilation for the Neonatal/Pediatric Patient Syllabus for 2021-2022
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RSPT-2319-001 Mechanical Ventilation for the Neonatal/Pediatric Patient


Prerequisite: RSPT 2353

Course Description

A study of mechanical ventilation for the neonatal and pediatric patient.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 2 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Volsko & Barnhart; Foundations in Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care, Jones and Bartlett Learning

Cairo, Pilbeam., Respiratory Care Equipment., Mosby, newest edition.

Pilbeam, Mechanical Ventilation:  Physiological and Clinical Application., Mosby, newest edition.


Class notes are provided through this course in Blackboard.  Additional paper and pens/pencils may be necessary.

Laptop computer with internet/WiFi capability for testing with Respondus Lockdown Browser installed. 

Student Performance

Course Description:   A study of mechanical ventilation for the neonatal and pediatric patient.

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Explain procedures for initiating mechanical ventilation; describe ventilator management strategies; evaluate weaning criteria and determine weaning methods; and identify indications, complications, and physiological effects of ventilatory support.

Students will obtain a better understanding of the therapeutic procedures to achieve adequate spontaneous and artificial ventilation of the neonatal and pediatric patient.  This includes indications, complications and physiological effects of ventilatory support.  Students will recognize and understand the various methods and modes of artificial ventilation that may be needed for a neonatal or pediatric patient when their spontaneous breathing level is no longer adequate.

 Students will be able to differentiate between the many conditions affecting the premature infant, to include, but not limited to:  Congenital Anomalies, Bacterial Infections, Viral Infections, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Intraventricular Hemorrhage, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Airleak Syndromes, RSV, LTB, Epiglotittis, Pleural Disorders, HFNC, NAVA, HFOV, ECMO, and specialty gasses.

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Expected Student Behavior

EXPECTATIONS:  Every student will take personal responsibility for his/her learning in this course.  To succeed, each student must...
     Attend all lecture meetings
     Spend at least 1 hour of study for each hour spent in lecture
     Complete reading assignments before coming to class
     Participate in lecture by asking questions
     Demonstrate college-level effort and behavior
     Complete all assignments by the due date


1.  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 these topics.

2.  Honesty and ethical behavior are imperative in any career.  All students are responsible for their own work. AVOID ANY APPEARANCE OF CHEATING.  Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated, and a zero will be given for that assignment, quiz, or exam and possibly a failing grade for the course.  Amarillo College's Student Code of Conduct will apply to all work in this course. (see also AC RC Student Handbook)  Examples include, but are not limited to: 
Copying from another student's paper or homework
Using materials during an exam that are not authorized by the exam administrator
Taking photographs or screenshots of current exams/course work or exams/course work that has already been completed
Collaborating with or seeking aid from another person during an exam without permission from the exam administrator
Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an exam or other assignment

3.  All conversation should be related to current class discussion.  Please refrain from private conversations or any other activities which may distract other learners.

4.  Assigned homework (if any) is to be completed before class.  Homework cannot be completed in class unless class time is given by the instructor.  **This includes studying for another exam in my class.**  I expect students to be PRESENT both physically and mentally during my class time.

5.  I want all students to be successful.  Cell phones distract from the learning environment and should be silenced during class and texting during lecture/class time is not permitted. If you are expecting an important call, please see the instructor before class begins.  If you bring a laptop or other technological device to class, it should not be used for activities other than taking class notes or testing purposes.  The instructor reserves the right to take up any device during class with the understanding it will be returned when the class is dismissed.

6.  PLEASE check your AC e-mail daily.

7.  In the event that AC moves to virtual only courses or a student must attend virtually due to Covid-19 illness or exposure, it is a requirement that webcams be on at all times during class.  Failure to turn on or leave on a webcam will result in an absence for that scheduled class time.

Grading Criteria

  1. Each examination will have a specific value of points awarded for correct answers.
  2. Additional assignments may also be given with a specified value or points.
  3. Short, unannounced quizzes may be given at the beginning of class from time to time.  The content of the quiz will be from the previous class.  There is no make up grade for a missed quiz. 
  4. At the end of the course, all possible points from examinations and other assignments will be totaled. This total will be the maximum possible points a student can earn.
  5. The number of points earned by a student will be divided by the maximum possible points for the course. The quotient will be expressed as a percent and converted to a final grade.
  6. The student must pass the syllabus quiz with 100% before taking the first section exam.
  7. There are 2 discussion board postings in this class worth 50 points each.
  8. The grade for your oral case study presentation, worth 100 points, will be included in this course.

The grading scale for this course is:
A = 90 - 100
B = 80 - 89
C = 75 - 79
F = score less than 75.0 (74.5 WILL NOT ROUND UP)

If a student is absent for a regularly scheduled examination, the student may take a make up exam within seven (7)  calendar days, but the highest grade a student can earn is 75%.  All material given in this course will be tested during the major examinations and the comprehensive final exam.  A student may not leave the room during an exam; if a student chooses to leave the room, the exam will be graded at that point of completion.

Keep in mind that grades are not given.  Grades are EARNED based on student performance.  Often the instructor plays no role in the grading process other than recording.  Please be careful to note the requirements for earning the grade you desire and act accordingly throughout the semester.

A student will be exempt from the comprehensive final exam if the student makes an A average (90% or more) on section exams AND has not missed more than 2 lecture classes for this course.


Beginning 3/21/22, attendance will be taken by Aviso Engage on your personal device (phone, tablet, etc.). Should you miss registering your attendance within the first 5 minutes of class, it is your responsibility to ensure that the instructor counts you present.

A student who plans to pass this course should also plan to regularly attend all lecture sessions.  Students chronically late for class or those with excessive absences may be at risk for passing this course.  Each student with a tardy/attendance problem will be addressed on an individual basis with the instructor.

I want you to be successful and your attendance is critical to your success.  In order to be fair, there is no distinction between an excused and an unexcused absence.  If/when you do miss class, it is your responsibility to obtain notes from your classmates. Do not ask me for my notes.

HOWEVER, if you are ill, stay home. If you feel that you must attend class and are coughing, running fever, vomiting, etc... get a mask and sit away from other students.  Another option is to get a digital recorder and have a classmate record the lecture if you must miss class.


Five section exams during the semester.
Feb 3, Feb 24, March 10, April 7, and May 5

The final exam is comprehensive.

Please note that the following is a tentative schedule for the semester.  It may be changed or adjusted at any time per the instructor's discretion.

Week 1, Jan 18 & 20 Syllabus, Special Considerations-Chapter 6 (Exerpt Included in Blackboard)                                                   
Week 2, Jan 25 & 27 Special Considerations, Chapter 22, Airway Management                                                       
Chapter 23 O2 Therapy

pages 358-376

pages 380-395

Week 3, Feb 1 & 3 Chapter 24, Aerosol Therapy pages 398-413
Week 4, Feb 8 & 10 Chapter 25, Airway Clearance & Lung Expansion Therapy pages 420-432
Week 5, Feb 15 & 17 February 15, Chapter 9, Choanal Atresia pages 112-115
Week 6, Feb 22 & 24 Chapter 9, Choanal Atresia, T-E Fistula pages 112-115, 120-122
Week 7, Mar 1 & 3 Chapter 9, CDH, IVH, Chapter 10, ROP, BPD pages 122-123, 96, 132-142
Week 8, Mar 8 & 10 Chapter 10, Air Leak Syndrome, Exam 2-March 10 pages 143-146
Week 9, Mar 22 & 24 March 22, Chapter 14, Bronchiolitis, RSV pages 198-202
Week 10, Mar 29 & 31 Chapter 14, LTB, Epiglottitis, Pneumomediastinum pages 205-209, 211
Week 11, Apr 5 & 7 Chapter 14, Pleural Disorders, Exam 3-April 7 pages 212-218
Week 12, Apr 12 & 14 Chapter 26 HFNC, NAVA, HFOV pages 438-439, 441-444, 447-453
Week 13, Apr 19 & 21 Chapter 26 HFOV, Chapter 30 ECMO pages 447-453, 516-523
Week 14, Apr 26 & 28 April 26, Chapter 29 Specialty Gasses pages 498-501
Week 15, May 3 & 5 Chapter 29 Specialty Gases, Exam 5-May 5 pages 501-506
Week 16, May 9-12 Final Exams    


Additional Information


The instructor will meet with students who perform poorly on exams.  Both parties will develop a plan to gain better understanding of the information covered on the exam.  This remediation will be completed before the student can take the next scheduled exam in the course and will be scheduled outside of regular class time. The plan will include, but will not be limited to:
     1.  Students earning less than 75% on an exam will be required to see a tutor in the West Campus Tutoring Center.  A prescription will be sent to your AC email that needs to be signed by a staff member from the tutoring center.
     2.  If a student does not understand the concepts or topics after the tutorial session, please email the instructor to schedule a discussion of topics with the instructor.
     3.  If a student fails a second test during the semester, steps 1 and 2 above will need to be followed and the student must turn in hand-written chapter objectives and defined key terms from the chapter(s) before the next major exam.


A student who develops a problem with course policy or the course instructor should first try to resolve the problem with that instructor then the program director.  If the problem cannot be resolved at this level, the student should contact the Associate Dean of Health Sciences Kim Boyd 354-6060, Dean of Health Sciences Kim Crowley 354-6087, and Associate VP of Academic Services Becky Burton 371-5122, in this order.


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Students wishing to withdraw from a class must consult with their instructor first.  Students may either communicate via email or meet face-to-face with their instructor to begin the withdrawal process.  If the instructor and the student both agree that withdrawal is the appropriate course of action, the student will initiate the paper and obtain the instructor's signature.

Dropping courses before reaching the 60% point in the semester could result in the student needing to repay financial aid funding.  To determine this date for your specific classes, log in to AC Connect, click Self Service Menu, click My Academic Profile, click My Important Course Section Dates.

Students will receive confirmation that their withdrawal request has been completed.  The Registrar's Office will process withdrawal and notify both the student and the instructor via AC email.

If a student stops attending class and does not officially drop or withdraw from the course, a grade of "F" will be given for the course grade.  A grade of "W" will be given for student-initiated drops or withdrawals.  Texas law now mandates that students may only drop or withdraw 6 times in their entire college careers, excluding drops prior to the census date.
The last day to drop or withdraw is provided on the AC Master Calendar.

NOTE:  Respiratory Care Program students that withdraw from this course will be delayed in completing the major components of the AAS degree in Respiratory Care. 
To continue in the program, a student may repeat an RSPT course only one time and may repeat no more than two RSPT courses while enrolled in the program.  The term "repeat" shall be interpreted to mean re-enrollment following withdrawal, drop, or unsatisfactory grade.

Syllabus Created on:

01/16/22 1:01 PM

Last Edited on:

03/20/22 9:39 PM