Current Issues in Respiratory Care – RESP 422

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

Course Description

An analysis of current administrative, legal, regulatory, professional issues and current trends which influence the administration of respiratory therapy.




Education, competencies, and modes of care are continuously changing in the practice of respiratory care. This course will prepare the respiratory therapist to be more aware of the current issues in respiratory care. The course will focus on professional trends, growth, and changes along with current clinical topics.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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, emphasized D, and reinforced E.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the role and mission statements of the AARC, NBRC, and CoARC.
  2. Describe the need for bachelor’s level entry into the field of respiratory therapy.
  3. Analyze the AARC Human Resource Study data.
  4. Discuss what role the Advanced Practice Respiratory Therapist would potentially have.
  5. Discuss evidence-based medicine (EBM) and why evidenced-based clinical practice guidelines are not routinely followed.
  6. Discuss patient safety with mechanical ventilation and alarm fatigue.
  7. Understand the concepts and benefits of transpulmonary pressure guided mechanical ventilation for ARDS and obese patients.
  8. Describe therapies that can improve mortality in ARDS.
  9. Discuss organ donation and the role of live donor donations from a Christian Worldview.

Course Assignment

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 (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge with at least 1 scholarly reference. References must be in Respiratory Care Journal formatting. Details can be located by clicking here. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 125 words with at least 1 scholarly reference using RCJ format The replies must also include at least one Biblical reference that supports the student’ ideas of education, commitment, or leadership.


The student will submit a 3–5-page paper on the education and credential necessary for the entry-level respiratory therapist. The student must discuss what should be the minimal educational level for a respiratory therapist entering the field (example: associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree). The student will also discuss what should be the entry level credential for a respiratory therapist (CRT or RRT). The student will use scholarly evidence to support these topics within the profession or other health care professions. The paper must use 12-point font, double spacing, and include at least 3 scholarly references. References must be in Respiratory Care Journal formatting.

Exams (2)

There will be 2 exams. The first will cover the material from Modules/Weeks 1–4, and the second will cover material from Modules/Weeks 5–8. The exams will be open-book/open notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.