Pediatric Respiratory Care – RESP 321

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 pediatric care (outside of the neonatal period).


RESP 320


Pediatric respiratory care is a subspecialty pathway for respiratory therapists. Whether pediatric respiratory care is a chosen pathway or not, the respiratory therapist within hospitals, schools, home care, emergency rooms, or during emergency transport may be relied upon to take care of the cardiopulmonary needs of children with skills and knowledge. This course will prepare the respiratory therapist to successfully pass the pediatric components of the NBRC exam and to manage common pediatric cardiopulmonary diseases in practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the physical and physiologic assessment of pediatric patients and create proper treatment plans.
  2. Describe the etiologies, clinical signs, and therapeutic measures for various pediatric diseases.
  3. Evaluate the ventilator management of a pediatric patient and, based on the underlying disease process, create appropriate interventions.
  4. Analyze differences in various types of therapy and ventilation strategies used in the management of pediatric patients.
  5. Recognize common pediatric 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, the student must check for proper and exacting punctuation, spelling, and grammar. In addition, the student must reference all outside sources in correct citation format. It is crucial that the student maintain a high regard for proper decorum in the Discussion Board. Each thread must be at least 400 words and include at least 1 scholarly reference. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Mechanical Ventilation Virtual Simulator (3 Cases)

A mechanical ventilation simulator is available free of charge by OPENPediatrics. The student must go to and create an account as a healthcare professional and respiratory therapist. The student must then search for simulators, choose mechanical ventilator simulator, complete the knowledge guide, tactics, and the 3 cases. The score received on all 3 cases will determine the student’s grade for this assignment. The student must save his/her completion certificate and upload it to the provided submission link. The student can complete the cases as often as he/she would like to improve his/her score.

Exams (2)

There will be 2 exams in this course: a mid-term and a final exam. Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50–60 multiple-choice questions, and have a 2-hour time limit that must be completed in one setting.