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Modesto Junior College

Program Courses

Curriculum for the Respiratory Care Baccalaureate Degree Program has been approved by the YCCD Board of Trustees.  Program approval is pending from California Community Colleges State Chancellor's Office. Upper division courses include: 

Stress, Illness, and Death (PSYCH 400) (3)

Advanced critical analysis of the guiding beliefs of stress and illness as it affects the self. A vital exploration of the human experience in health, disease, and dying from the perspective of the self as a health care worker. Contemporary theories and research, behavioral traits and characteristics, and the effect of our biopsychosocial perspectives on personal health, wellness, and disease as performed in healthcare systems.

Medical Sociology: Health and Diversity (SOCIO 400) (3)

Advanced critical analysis of the ethos of contemporary western medicine. In particular critical examination of disparity in medical access, care, and provision within ethnic groups is unpacked. Determinants of health and illness contemporary theories, reconfiguring the body, the distinction between disease and illness, the sick roll- socio-economics of disease and care, medicalization theory, feminist theory and health (women’s embodiment of disease), - labeling theory, healing roles, emotional labor, and power dimensions within the health care system are examined within the framework of our stratified and multicultural society are critically measured. 

Medical and Bioethics (PHILO 400) (3)

Explores the application of moral reasoning and ethical theories to issues and situations in medical settings. Special focus on the development of self-reflection, critical thinking and the written and verbal communication of well-reasoned, reflective positions. Topics include: the Hippocratic tradition; virtues of healthcare professionals; paternalism vs. autonomy; informed consent and confidentiality; genetic and reproductive ethics; disability; hospice, death and dying, advance directives; impaired and seriously ill infants; medical error; medical futility and technology; quality and sanctity of life; just allocation of resources. 

Organizational Behavior (COMM 400) (3)

The study of how people interact in organizations. Course covers a wide breadth of advanced theories and applications dealing with such topics as perception, motivation, decision making, team dynamics, negotiation, conflict management, leadership, and organizational culture. Development of a conceptual understanding of organizational behavior theories and practical applications. Key techniques and processes designed to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness are fully examined from the perspective of management, workers, and society at large. 

Healthcare Leadership and Operations Management I (RSCR 405) (3)

Principles, theories and models of leadership and management will prepare students for leadership roles in respiratory care. During the course, students will examine the challenges of decision making, health care access, quality, budget development and cost containment, and the disparities in healthcare reform. Legal and ethical issues are integrated into classroom discussions. 

Healthcare Leadership and Operations Management II (RSCR 406) (4)

Healthcare Leadership and Operations Management II will prepare students for management and leadership roles in respiratory care. This course builds on the Principles of Leadership and Management I utilizing those skills to specifically lead in a Respiratory Care Department. Topics include: an overview of selected respiratory theories and an analysis of the professional environment for the current and future of practice of respiratory care. During the course students will examine respiratory departmental leadership roles and requirements, how to measure respiratory care department specific performance, respiratory staffing systems, respiratory hospital billing systems, respiratory care departmental budgets, evaluations technology and staff development. Topics and emphasis may vary. The student will develop a personal professional portfolio as part of this course. Legal and ethical issues are integrated into classroom and online discussions.

Critical Review of Healthcare Research (RSCR 410) (3)

A forum for students to identify and explore current events, knowledge, and skills relevant to the practice of Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Medicine. Students are expected to evaluate and review scholarly and peer-reviewed research, describe influencing factors, and critically determine the quality of the research being presented. Students will learn to use research databases, research methodologies, elements in a research directed review, and APA formatting. Individual and group presentations of critiqued research are integrated into the course. 

Disease Management and Healthcare Promotion (RSCR 415) (3)

Underlying principles that characterize disease management. The student will discover the cost drivers of disease, concepts of chronic disease management, and healthcare value. The course will focus on current evidence-based practice, guidelines, and competencies necessary for patient care which require a coordinated approach to healthcare management. 

Education and Teaching Strategies (RSCR 416) (3)

Education and Teaching Strategies will help prepare the student for teaching both in the classroom and outside the classroom such as in the clinical arena. This course provides an in-depth coverage around teaching, learning and evaluations strategies and addresses different styles of learning, diversity in the classroom and critical thinking. Creative and innovative strategies and techniques will be discussed in addition to the importance of the use of simulation in the classroom and other technologies to help promote learning and engagement. The importance of program evaluation will also be reviewed.

Advanced Pharmacology and Critical Care (RSCR 420) (3)

Assessment and management of critically ill neonate, pediatric, and adult patients. Students will learn the role of protocols in critical care and develop aptitude in ethical and legal issues related to trauma, withdrawal of life-support, comfort and palliative care, and end of life decisions. 

Advanced Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care (RSCR 421) (3)

This course covers advanced concepts of acute care for critically ill neonatal and pediatric patients through assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, mechanical ventilation initiation and management, and pharmacological intervention.

Pulmonary Diagnostics, Rehabilitation and Sleep (RSCR 425) (3)

Information needed to enhance the knowledge, competency, and skill of respiratory care practitioners in pulmonary function testing, endobronchial ultrasound, thoracentesis, airway thermoplasty, sleep technology diagnostics, and pulmonary rehabilitation. 

Capstone Research (RSCR 430) (3)

As the final component to the Baccalaureate Degree Program in Respiratory Care, this course provides the students with the opportunity to synthesize and apply prior learning, practice experience, and knowledge gained in this program. Students will complete a real world project under the direction of a faculty member. The project will be based on a clinical population, disease management aspect, a management or leadership issue current to their employment or experience. The project will provide input to their classmates of the importance of this research and how it improves patient outcomes. The project will be both written and orally given to the class. The student will have weekly discussions via groups of current topics in the research literature that relate to Respiratory Care. This will be broad and not related to individual research. Progress in the research project will be monitored throughout the semester.

Note: Additional coursework will be required to meet baccalaureate criteria.

Respiratory Care Baccalaureate Degree Program

Contact Us

Baccalaureate Program:                     

Phone: (209) 575-6343
Email: Respiratory Care

Location: MAP

West Campus 
Glacier Hall

Regular Hours
  • Monday - Thursday:
        8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday:
        8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Summer Hours
  • Monday - Thursday:
        7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday:
        Closed Fridays
Bonnie Hunt, Ed.D., MPA, RRT

Respiratory Care Program Director

Marcos Garcia
Respiratory Care Counselor

For information on the MJC Respiratory Care Associate of Science Degree, see the MJC catalog or the Respiratory Care Associate Program Website.