RESPIRATORY CARE 441
**Students are advised that the courses taken in the Spring II and Summer II semesters will be combined for the purposes of billing and grading. Students will receive their bill for the Spring II and Summer II semesters at the regular Spring billing time. Grades will be sent out at the completion of each of the four semesters. Students are advised that the Summer I and Spring II grade reports will contain "*" grades for the Spring II semesters.
RESPIRATORY CARE ASSOCIATE/BACCALAUREATE CHARLES S. CORNFIELD, M.S., R.R.T., Program Director FACULTY: Assistant Professors: Charles S. Cornfield, Robert D. Tarkowski. You can live without food for a few weeks. You can live without water for a few days. But, if you are deprived of air, you will die within minutes. In terms of survival, breathing is your most immediate need. Respiratory care practitioners are specialists who evaluate treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. Practitioners work under the direction of a physician and assist in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with respiratory disorders. The need for respiratory care practitioners is expected to grow faster than the national average for all job growth. The respiratory care profession has a bright future with a great deal of job security and opportunity for advancement. Once you enter the profession, you may want to specialize in an area such as neonatal care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, helicopter transport, patient education, management or homecare. The Respiratory Care Program offers both an Associate and Bachelor degree in Science. Both degrees qualify the student to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist. The two-year degree provides the student with an excellent foundation in Respiratory Care. The four-year degree is designed for those individuals who wish to be leaders in the field. The Bachelor degree curriculum includes additional education in the adult critical care environment and offers specialization in an area of the student choice. Students enrolled in the program must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 in the sciences and overall in the pre-professional courses. Only those students having the 2.5 grade point average or higher in the pre-professional courses will advance to the professional phase of the program. All courses denoted by the RSPC symbol must be passed with a "C" grade or better to progress in the program. Admission prerequisites may be obtained by contacting the Admission's office. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). www.coarc.com 1248 Harwood Road Bedford, TX 76021-4244 814-283-2835
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: All RSPC courses must be taken in the order listed in the curriculum. Clinical practicums may include clinical sites outside of Erie. Clinical practicums include some evening rotations. RSPC 201: Introduction to Respiratory Care This introductory course will inform the student about the history of medicine and the profession of respiratory care. Additional topics will include communication in health care, medical