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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Simi Institute for Careers & Education | Evaluated Learning Experience

Acute and Critical Care RC 212


100 hours (10 weeks).

Simi Institute for Careers and Education Main Campus, Simi Valley, California

January 2015 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the types of ventilator failure; list the indications for ventilator support; discuss the mechanisms of hypercapnic respiratory failure; demonstrate how to classify a ventilator; discuss clinical applications of ventilator modes; explain and diagram the physiological effects of modes of ventilation, flow pattern, flow rate, inspiratory hold, and positive end-expiratory pressure; give examples of the detrimental pulmonary effects of PPV and cardiovascular effects of PPV; propose initial ventilator support settings and rationalize the proper adjustment of settings; perform general patient assessment; synthesize physiological monitoring principles; interpret assessments of hemodynamics; assess the management of the patient-ventilator system; examine patient evaluation criteria and methods of discontinuing ventilator support; summarize the development and transition of the respiratory system and assessment of the newborn and pediatric care patient.


The course provides students with knowledge of acute and critical care respiratory care principles. Major topics include: respiratory failure and the need for ventilatory support; ventilatory modes and functions; physics and physiology of ventilatory support; initiating and adjusting ventilatory support; monitoring, managing, and discontinuing ventilatory support; and principles of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, laboratory exercises, computer software exercises, observations, and exams.  

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Respiratory Care (4/17) (4/22 revalidation).