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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

Cardiopulmonary Disease and Pharmacology RC 206


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: list the elements of an epidemiological outline; given a disease topic, state the etiology; summarize the diagnostic criteria; list the clinical manifestations; outline the treatment, prognosis, and preventive measures for each disease; diagram and explain basic principles of pharmacology, airway receptors, and neural control of the lung; define mode of action, indications, and adverse effects for each major class of aerosolized drug; recall the brand names and dosages for specific drugs in each class; and explain how to assess the outcomes of aerosol drug therapy.


The course provides the study of the etiology, pathology, clinical features, treatment of the more common cardiopulmonary diseases, and respiratory pharmacology. Major topics include: pulmonary infections, obstructive lung disease, interstitial lung disease, pleural diseases, pulmonary vascular disease, acute lung injury, pulmonary edema, multiple system organ failure, lung neoplasm, disorders of sleep, neuromuscular and other diseases of the chest wall, neonatal and pediatric respiratory disorders, and respiratory care pharmacology. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, laboratory exercises, audio/visual materials, computer software exercises, and exams.

Credit recommendation: 

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