Respiratory Therapy

Clinical Education

One of the most important aspects of the respiratory care education is the development of clinical competence.  It is in the clinical setting that the respiratory care students learn and demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply the theoretical concepts acquired in their studies.  Washburn University's Respiratory Therapy program has affiliations with a total of eighteen hospitals and home care agencies throughout a 120-mile radius from Topeka, Kansas.

Some of the rotations the student will be involved in include: 

  • Physician contact
  • Home care
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Ectrocardiogram procedures
  • Heart catheterization
  • Intensive care and neonatal intensive care in a level 3 nursery
  • Sleep disorders

These clinical courses provide for a progressive process of developing cognitive levels at the recall, application, and analysis levels as a respiratory therapist.  They are configured to provide the student a clinical environment to demonstrate learned procedures from entry level to advanced level respiratory care competencies.

Clinical Procedure Courses

First Year - Clinical I

AL 187 - Respiratory Therapy Clinical I (Spring)

Clinical Objectives

Procedural Evaluations

Orientation to Clinical Practice 
Charting and Medical Terminology 
Infection Control 
Incentive Spirometry 
Medication Therapy (Adult) 
Emergency Procedures  
Gas Administration 
Humidity/Aerosol Therapy 
Pulmonary Function Studies 
Pulmonary Rehabilitation 
Homecare 
Bronchial Hygiene and Lung Expansion

Handwashing 
Isolation 
Patient Positioning 
Vital Signs 
Patient Assessment 
Incentive Spirometry 
Aerosol Therapy 
O2 Therapy 
Continuous Aerosol Therapy 

First Year - Clinical II

AL 289 - Respiratory Therapy Clinical II (Summer)

Clinical Objectives

Procedural Evaluation 

Incentive Spirometry 
Medication Therapy (Adult) 
Emergency Procedures 
Gas Administration 
Humidity/Aerosol Therapy (Adult) 
IPPB Therapy 
C.P.T. (Adult) 
Patient Assessment 
Airway Care (Adult) 
Pathophysiology (Primary) 
Arterial Blood Gases 
Pulmonary Function Studies - Spirometry  
  and Diffusion 
Sleep Disorders  
Bronchoscopy 
Bronchial Hygiene and Lung Expansion 
Orientation to Intensive Care Unit

Orientation to Critical Care 
Incentive Spirometry 
Aerosol Therapy (Adult) 
Continuous Aerosol Therapy (Adult) 
Oxygen Therapy (Adult) 
C.P.T. (Adult) 
Tracheal Suctioning 
IPPB Therapy 
Radial Artery Puncture 
Care and Cleaning of Bronchoscope 
Appropriateness of Therapy 
Patient Assessment 
Flutter Valve Therapy 
PEP Therapy 

Second Year - Clinical III

AL 293 - Respiratory Therapy Clinical III (Fall)

Clinical Objectives 

Procedural Evaluations 

Airway Care (Adult) 
Pathophysiology 
Arterial Blood Gases 
Monitoring 
Mechanical Ventilation 
Pulmonary Function Studies - Lung Volumes  
   and Pulmonary Gas 
EKG 
Pulmonary Rehabilitation 
Homecare/Pulmonary Rehab 
Endotracheal Intubation 
Hemodynamics/Airway Dynamics 
Bronchoscopy 
Oximetry 
Orientation to Neonatal Intensive Care 
  
  
 

Mechanical Ventilation (Adult) 
Tracheal Suctioning  
Endotracheal Intubation 
Hemodynamics/Airway Dynamics 
Oximetry 
Incentive Spirometry 
Aerosol Therapy (Adult) 
Continuous Aerosol Therapy (Adult) 
Oxygen Therapy (Adult) 
C.P.T. (Adult) 
IPPB Therapy 
Radial Artery Puncture 
Care and Cleaning of Bronchoscope 
Appropriateness of Therapy 
Patient Assessment 
Arterial Line Sampling 
ECG 
Extubation 
Flutter Valve Therapy 
PEP Therapy

Second Year - Clinical IV

AL 295 - Respiratory Therapy Clinical IV (Spring)

Clinical Objectives

Procedural Evaluations 

Monitoring 
Mechanical Ventilation 
ECG 
Pulmonary Rehabilitation 
Neonatal Procedures 
Pathophysiology (Pediatric/Neonatal) 
Medical Therapy (Pediatric) 
Gas Administration 
CPT (Pediatric) 
Airway Care (Pediatric/Neonatal) 
Computer Simulations 
Hemodynamics/Airway Dynamics 
Bronchoscopy 
Oximetry 
High Frequency Jet/Oscillatory Ventilation 
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

Mechanical Ventilation (Adult) 
E.T. Endotracheal Intubation 
Hemodynamics/Airway Dynamics 
Mechanical Ventilation (Neonatal) 
Aerosol Therapy (Pediatric) 
Oxygen Therapy (Pediatric/Neonatal) 
C.P.T. (Neonatal/Pediatric) 
Tracheal Suctioning (Neonatal) 
Incentive Spirometry 
Aerosol Therapy (Adult) 
Continuous Aerosol Therapy (Adult) 
Oxygen Therapy (Adult) 
C.P.T. (Adult) 
Tracheal Suctioning 
IPPB Therapy 
Radial Artery Puncture 
Care and Cleaning of Bronchoscope 
Appropriateness of Therapy 
Patient Assessment 
Arterial Line Sampling 
ECG 
Extubation 
Oximetry 
PEP Therapy 
Flutter Valve Therapy