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Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy • Course Descriptions


        RES 440 Home Health
        Total Course Hours: 45 (45 Theory, 0 Lab, 0 Extern) Semester Credits: 3.0
        This course is an introduction to home health and its specific issues. Topics include discharge planning, case management,
        reimbursement and Medicare. Students will be introduced to outcome-based home care and disease management.
        Prerequisites: ENG 310 Technical Writing and CPT 301 Microcomputer Applications
        HCA 430 Patient Information & Management
        Total Course Hours: 45 (45 Theory, 0 Lab, 0 Extern) Semester Credits: 3.0
        Patient information management is important because of the integral role a health care professional has within the team. It is essential
        for the health care professional to provide all members of the team with a thorough patient record to ensure quality patient care.
        Prerequisites: ENG 310 Technical Writing and CPT 301 Microcomputer Applications

        SOC 325 Culture and Human Diversity
        Total Course Hours: 45 (45 Theory, 0 Lab, 0 Extern) Semester Credits: 3.0
        This course explores the nature and sources of cultural differences and the impact of cultural diversity on our changing society.
        Students will examine characteristics of cultural systems and how they influence behavior in family, workplace, educational, and
        medical settings. Students will discuss the challenges and benefits of communicating in culturally sensitive ways.
        Prerequisites: ENG 310 Technical Writing and CPT 301 Microcomputer Applications

        HLT 410 Pathophysiology
        Total Course Hours: 45 (45 Theory, 0 Lab, 0 Extern) Semester Credits: 3.0
        A rich appreciation of the characteristics and manifestations of diseases caused by alterations or injury to the structure or function of
        the body are essential to the health care professional. The in-depth study of pathophysiology allows the professional to communicate
        better with other health care professionals, including physicians and scientists, as well as with the patient, for the history and physical
        assessment.
        Prerequisites: ENG 310 Technical Writing and CPT 301 Microcomputer Applications

        HCA 470 Quality Management
        Total Course Hours: 45 (45 Theory, 0 Lab, 0 Extern) Semester Credits: 3.0
        This course provides the student with a solid foundation in quality management and teamwork within the health care environment.
        Quality management is important to ensure the proper functioning of equipment and compliance with various standards. Health care
        professionals should have an understanding of the activities and their role in leading the quality management process.
        Prerequisites: ENG 310 Technical Writing and CPT 301 Microcomputer Applications
        RES 490 Professional Capstone
        Total Course Hours: 60 (60 Theory, 0 Lab, 0 Extern) Semester Credits: 4.0
        This is a capstone course focusing on the synthesis of professional knowledge and critical thinking skills in preparation for professional
        advancement and lifelong learning. This course provides students with an opportunity to identify and develop research skills necessary
        to create a solution for an existing health care issue. The course content is geared to increase and disseminate intellectual inquiry,
        information literacy, and the use of scholarly research methods.
        Prerequisites: Semesters I, II, and III courses







                                                 I have been working as a respiratory therapist since 2002. In 2008, I was promoted to
                                                 manager of the respiratory department at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley, MS. I loved
                                                 what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to further my education by obtaining a bachelor’s
                                                 degree. In 2014, I came across some information about Pima Medical Institute on Facebook.
                                                 I did more research, not really knowing what to expect, and found all of my college classes
                                                 would transfer and I wouldn’t need any prerequisites to begin the online Bachelor  of
                                                 Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSRT) Program. It was such an effortless process to apply
                                                 and get accepted that within two days I was ready to begin my new program!
                                                 I had never taken an online class before and was quite nervous. But, I only had to take two
                                                 classes at a time, and assignments were clearly laid out so they were easily accomplished.
                                                 The instructors were amazing and were always very responsive to my emails with
                                                 questions. I was able to continue to work full-time and be a mom to my two boys and a
                                                 wife to my husband of 13 years. Seeing how proud they were of me made it all worth it.
                                                 I graduated with honors in 2016. I am the director of respiratory at my facility, and I have no
                                                 plans to leave. But, should I choose to pursue something else, I know many doors will be
                                                 open thanks to my BSRT degree from Pima Medical Institute.
                                                 Wendy Newby
                                                 Bachelor Degree, Respiratory Therapy, Online Education




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