Current Issues in Respiratory Care – RESP 422

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

Course Description

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

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


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt. 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.

Paper Assignment

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.

Quizzes (2)

There will be 2 quizzes. Quiz: Midterm will cover the material from the first half of the course. Quiz: Final will cover material from the second half of the course. The quizzes will be open-book/open notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.