Respiratory Therapy Program

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Respiratory Therapy

Our Mission

To offer an academic program in respiratory care with high quality graduates who meet the expectations of the communities of interest served by the program, to establish and maintain an outstanding regional reputation and to conduct research in respiratory care while maintaining Islamic values.

Goals

  1. The Respiratory Therapy program at BMC strives to be the elite provider of education, consumer information and the benchmark for professionalism.
  2. Maintaining accreditation by meeting new and update essentials set by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in respiratory care and clinical practice.
  3. Encouraging both of respiratory department faculty and students to participate in community service projects and professional organizations
  4. Utilizing the BMC research centre to promote and conduct research in respiratory field.
  5. To provide the community with responsible respiratory therapists who interact appropriately with the changing health care system.
  6. Exhibit exemplary professionalism parallel to ethical standards of the medical profession and in accordance with the teachings and Islamic values
  7. Recruiting and maintaining gender diversity in the faculty and students to meet society and health needs

Program Description

The students graduate from respiratory therapy department at BMC called respiratory therapist. Respiratory therapists are the health professionals responsible for taking care of patients with heart and lung (cardiopulmonary) problems.

Respiratory Therapy is a health specialty involving the treatment, management, control, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. In the hospital setting, the respiratory therapist provides care and life support to patients in the emergency room, intensive care units, general hospital areas, the pulmonary diagnostics laboratory and other specialty areas such as pulmonary rehabilitations.

The respiratory professional is also involved in the diagnostic testing of infants, children and adults with underlying medical concerns including disease, accidents and sleep disorders.

Program Structure

The first year
During the first year the student will complete their preparatory year in the Health track. Courses in this year include biology, chemistry, biophysics, mathematics, biostatistics beside Arabic, English, medical terminology, computer, study skills and Islamic medical ethics.
The second year
During the second year, students must integrate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and microbiology. As well as, introduction courses related to respiratory therapy such as introduction to RT, medical gases & aerosol therapy and respiratory pharmacology.
Third and forth year
Third and fourth years, students will cover all core courses which dealing with therapeutic and diagnostic procedures and tests, equipment, patient assessment, CPR, mechanical ventilation, critical care, sleep disorders, disease management, pulmonary function test and the application of clinical practice guidelines.
The fifth year
Student will conduct Internship training in a qualified respiratory therapy department for one year.

Head Of Program Message

It's my honour to welcome you to the Respiratory Therapy department at BMC, This program considers the first program established in the west region of the kingdom and approved from Saudi Ministry of Education. However, the department has a carefully designed curriculum which offers a wide range of knowledge based on respiratory courses, hospital training and research. A primary goal of the respiratory therapy department is student placement at the top of the graduate student over the counter to attract hospitals and clinics. In our department, we have high expectations. We expect our students to perform at high academic level, and for our graduates to go well beyond being significant contributors. We expect each, in his or her way, to become a leader in our field.

We have dedicated staff who through on-going research, keeps abreast of new developments in our specialized fields of study, and it is my pleasure to work with such highly distinguished faculty and to serve our inquisitive and passionate student body in achieving our department mission and vision.

The Respiratory Therapy department is an exciting place for students and faculty alike, and we look forward to helping you in your pursuit of outstanding career success.

Dr. Ayedh Al Ahmari, Head of Nursing Program

Career Path / Advice

There is a critical need for more respiratory therapist in KSA. However, Out of 411 hospitals in KSA, only 88 hospitals provide RC services by RTs, which represent 21.4% of total number of working hospitals in the country. RTs has high career Opportunities, which include

  • Intensive care units: adults, pediatric or neonatal
  • Emergence unite and floors with stable patients
  • Various sections of sleep medicine, studies and labs
  • Laboratories specializing in lung function testing and other tests related to the heart and lungs
  • The role of care for the elderly
  • Home care, especially those with chronic diseases
  • Education and Management
  • Research centers

Respiratory Therapy Curriculum

First Year: Preparatory Year

Second Year

Course Number Course Name Course credit
RT 211 Clinical Biochemistry
3
RT 212 Microbiology
3
RT 213 General Anatomy
3
RT 214 Physiology
3
RT 221 Introduction to RT Profession
2
RT 231 Medical Gases & Aerosol Therapy
3
RT 222 Respiratory Anatomy & Physiology
3
RT 232 Patient Assessment
3
RT 233 Respiratory Care Therapeutics
3
RT 223 Respiratory Pharmacology
3
RT 281 RT Clinical Training I
3

Third Year

Course Number Course Name Course credit
RT 324 Respiratory Diseases I
3
RT 334 Blood Gases
3
RT 361 Pulmonary Radiological Imaging
2
RT 362 Basic Pulmonary Function Testing
3
RT 341 Fundamentals of Mechanical Ventilation
4
RT 382 RT Clinical Training II
3
RT 325 Respiratory Diseases II
3
RT 342 Clinical Application of Mechanical Ventilation
4
RT 363 Advanced Pulmonary Function Testing
3
RT 364 Electrocardiography
2
RT 371 Health Information Management
2
RT 383 RT Clinical Training III
3

Fourth Year

Course Number Course Name Course credit
RT 443 Prenatal & Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
3
RT 451 Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Home Care
3
RT 472 Applied Biostatistics
2
RT 473 Research Methodology
2
RT 474 Research Project I
1
RT 484 RT Clinical Training IV
3
RT 475 Respiratory Therapy Education
2
RT 4444 Critical Care
3
RT 465 Polysomnography
4
RT 452 Clinical Respiratory Seminar
2
RT 476 Ethics in Respiratory Therapy
2
RT 477 Research Project II
3
RT 485 RT Clinical Training V
3

Internship Rotation: Fifth Year

Course Number Course Name Course credit
INTRT 581 General Wards: Adult & Pediatric
4
INTRT 582 Adult Critical Care
6
INTRT 583 NICU, Delivery Room & Well Nursery
4
INTRT 584 ER
2
INTRT 585 OR
1
INTRT 586 Psychiatric Unit (Psy.)
1
INTRT 587 Biomedical Engineering
1
INTRT 588 Sleep Laboratory
1
INTRT 589 Home Healthcare
1
INTRT 58-10 PFT Laboratory
2
INTRT 58-11 Bronchoscopy
1

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