Cardiopulmonary Physiology and Monitoring – RESP 420

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/29/2022

Course Description

Study of cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and monitoring of functionality. The study includes but not limited to ventilatory mechanics, gas transport, natural and chemical regulation of breathing, circulation, blood flow and pressure, cardiac output and the monitoring of each of these topics.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Disease and therapeutic interventions often alter cardiopulmonary physiology. When the respiratory therapist is treating disease, he or she must monitor and trend the effects of the prescribed intervention on the cardiopulmonary system. This course will focus cardiopulmonary interactions utilizing current monitoring theories and technology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Explain in detail the anatomy and physiology and interactions of the cardiopulmonary system.
    2. Correctly evaluate clinical data to determine the cause and effect of therapeutic interventions such as mechanical ventilation, medications or fluid status.
    3. Calculate cardiac output correctly using multiple methods and describe advantages, disadvantages and limitations of the various methods.
    4. Determine a patient’s cardiac performance using an approach of least invasive to most invasive.
    5. Utilize information from esophageal manometry, CVP, PAC, indirect calorimetry, arterial blood gases, ventilator pressure waveforms to determine cardiopulmonary interactions of the severely ill patient and recommend appropriate interventions.
    6. Describe the biblical basis for respiratory care.

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 A, D, and E, emphasized PLO A and D and reinforced PLO A and D.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will respond to articles related to a respiratory therapy issue within a Discussion thread. Each thread must be 450–500 words and include integration of the student’s Christian beliefs. Outside research may be used to respond to the prompt. The student will also reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads in 250–300 words each.

Quizzes (8)

Four quizzes are based on the Learn material for the Module: Week. Each of these quizzes will contain 5 multiple-choice, multiple-answer, and/or true/false questions and have a time limit of 2 hours.

The other four quizzes contains 60 multiple-choice questions based on the material in 2 Module: Weeks’ readings, videos, and PowerPoint presentations. Each quiz must be completed in 2 hours.