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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

Allied Health Physics RC 116


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: state and explain the physical laws and theories, and the physiologic and technical applications to respiratory patient care; define physics and identify its applications in respiratory therapy; define work and force; describe the relationship between the applied force and the direction on motion; define power; define energy; contrast the two forms of energy; describe the relationship between work and kinetic energy; contrast the relationship between work and potential energy; discuss how potential energy and kinetic energy convert from one form of energy to another; discuss the kinetic theory of matter; discuss the kinetic molecular theory of gases; discuss the change of states of matter, transition diagrams for matter; understand the properties of temperature and pressure as it relates to gases and liquids; define and utilize density in calculations; understand buoyancy and viscosity and their application; define pressure; state the various pressure equivalents of one atmosphere; perform mathematical conversions using the various ways of expressing pressure discuss the graphic representation of Boyle's and Charles' laws; perform calculations using Boyle's law, Charles' law, and Gay-Lussac's law; apply Dalton's law of partial pressures to the gas mixtures in the atmosphere, trachea, and alveoli; understand the laws of diffusion; apply principles and laws of fluid dynamics to various fluid conducting systems; relate the law of continuity to ventilatory and circulatory physiology; discuss fluid viscosity; discuss the principles of electronics and electricity; discuss magnetism and relation to electric charge; explain paramagnetism of oxygen; relate monitoring Ohm’s Law (Volts, Amps, Resistance); understanding simple electrical circuits and electrical shock safety.


The course provides the fundamentals of medical gas therapy, lung expansion therapy and artificial airway care, the fundamentals of bronchial hygiene, and the essential principles of physics that apply to basic respiratory care therapeutics, equipment, and cardiopulmonary physiology.  Major topics include: storage and delivery of medical gases, medical gas therapy, humidity/aerosol therapy and aerosol drug therapy, lung expansion therapy, airway management, bronchial hygiene therapy; and the physics as related to the states and changes of matter, heat transfer, gas/liquid/solid properties, gas laws, fluid dynamics, and mechanics of ventilation. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, laboratory exercises, computer software exercises, and exams.  

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Respiratory Care (4/17) (4/22 revalidation).