Neonatal Respiratory Care – RESP 320

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Theories, procedures and equipment applicable to the delivery of respiratory therapy in neonatal care.




Neonatal respiratory care is a career pathway for many respiratory therapists due to the volume of neonatal intensive care units and premature infants. Whether neonatal respiratory care is a chosen pathway or not, the respiratory therapist within hospitals are relied upon to take care of the cardiopulmonary needs of these tiny patients with skills and knowledge. This class will prepare the respiratory therapist to successfully pass the neonatal components of the NBRC exam and to manage common neonatal cardiopulmonary diseases in practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomic and physiologic development of the neonatal cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  2. Understand both normal and abnormal labor and delivery of the newborn.
  3. Evaluate the physical and physiologic assessment of newborn infants and create proper treatment plans.
  4. Describe the etiologies, clinical signs, and therapeutic measures for various neonatal diseases.
  5. Evaluate the ventilator management of a neonate and based on the underlying disease process create appropriate interventions.
  6. Analyze differences in various types of therapy and ventilation strategies used in the management of neonatal patients.
  7. Recognize common neonatal respiratory disorders presentations, diagnosis and develop appropriate treatment strategies.

Program Learning Outcomes

The below are the Respiratory Therapy Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

  1. Comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their roles as a registered respiratory therapist (cognitive domain).
  2. Perform the technical skills necessary to fulfill their role as a registered respiratory therapist (psychomotor domain).
  3. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with clinical rotation site expectations as a registered respiratory therapist (affective domain).
  4. Utilize critical thinking/problem solving skills to develop the best patient treatment for those suffering from cardiopulmonary disease.
  5. Integrate the biblical worldview into all aspects of respiratory therapy.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have been introduced to PLO #4, emphasized #1 and #3, and reinforced #5


Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The Discussion Board is a space for academic exchanges. As a result, you must check for proper and exacting punctuation, spelling, and grammar. In addition, you must reference all outside sources in correct citation format. It is crucial that all participants maintain a high regard for proper decorum in the Discussion Board. A grading rubric for Discussion Board responses is provided.


Case Report

For students who are Post-Licensure pathway and clinically take care of neonates, the student is to present an interesting case the last week of this semester. Ideally, it would be of a disease and therapy we have covered over the course, but alternative treatments and/or rare diseases is acceptable as well. For students who do not work with neonates or for Entry to Practice students, please skip to the Journal Article Review below. See requirements within the assignment instructions within BlackBoard.

Journal Article Review

For those of you who do not have access to pediatric patients, I would like for you to conduct a journal article review (preferably from Respiratory Care) of a topic we covered during the semester. Ideally, it would be within the last 5 years.

Exams (2)

There will be 2 exams. A mid-term and final exam. Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 100 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 3 hour time limit.