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Course : Clinical Practicum IV

Course Number
RESP 4722
Section Number
Fall 2023
Centennial Hall, 250
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Description:

All clinical courses require the student to integrate theory and laboratory training in the patient care setting. The focus of this clinical course is the application of therapies, techniques, and procedures used to support the adult patient in respiratory failure. Topics include pulmonary rehabilitation, insertion of artificial airways, pulmonary function assessment, hyperbaric oxygen, cardiovascular assessment, patient-ventilator system checks, prescribing machine settings, and managing the patient-ventilator system. 

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Participate actively and effectively in the development of the respiratory care plan in a variety of patient care settings.
  • Review existing data, collect additional data, and evaluate all data to determine and defend the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory care plan.
  • Select, assemble, assure cleanliness, check for proper function, and correct malfunctions of equipment used in providing respiratory care in acute care, pediatric care, long-term care, rehabilitation, and in the homecare setting.
  • Maintain patient records and communicate relevant information to other members of the healthcare team in a professional manner.
  • Initiate, conduct, and modify prescribed therapeutic procedures in a variety of patient care settings to include adult care, pediatric care, long-term acute care, rehabilitation, and in the homecare setting.
  • Assist a physician in performing special procedures associated with advanced cardiopulmonary care.
  • Provide effective patient/family education to motivate therapeutic follow-up practices and behaviors.



Clinical Portfolio:

Each student will compile digital clinical portfolio documenting the learning activities for the semester through our clinical documentation system.

The clinical portfolio consists of: 

1.    Timesheet (Completed Hours = 18 shifts, 17 if assigned to Pulmonary Rehab)

2.    Daily log completion (17 or 18)

3.    ICU Care Plans (varies based on clinic schedule)

4.    Reflective Reports via D2L Discussion Board

5.    Completed Observations (as defined within the syllabus)

6.    Daily performance evaluations (17or 18)

7.    Preceptor evaluations (17 or 18)

8.    Clinical site evaluations (1)

9.    Professional Credits (as defined within the syllabus)


General Requirements of the Clinical Portfolio:

1.    Clocking-in -the student must be clocked in and out for each day in clinic – no exceptions! If a student misses clock in/out submission, the student is required to compete a time exception form within 24 hours of missed punch. Failure to have a complete timesheet could result in scheduled make-up hours of clinical time.

2.    Daily logs-Daily logs are used to document the practice of clinical skills of the student. It is vital that these logs are completed every day the student attends clinic. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that these logs are completed daily – before you leave the clinic. (If attendance is not documented, it will be assumed that the clinic day was not completed). Activities performed during the day may be listed on the log from the list of competencies contained in the clinical portfolio.

3.    Daily performance- evaluations-the student will have a daily performance evaluation completed and signed by the clinical preceptor every day when the student is in clinic-no exceptions! The clinical chair will address any category noted as NI.

4.    Preceptor evaluations – Students must complete a preceptor evaluation each day of clinical rotation evaluating their assigned preceptor for that day.

5.    Site evaluations-You must complete a site evaluation for a minimum of one assigned clinic site during the semester. Due at final check-off.

6.    Professional credits – Students will be required to complete a minimum of 20 professional credits as part of their Clinical Practicum IV rotation. Examples of professional credits include student involvement in the state and national professional organization as well as community to service. Please refer to the table below. Due at final check-off to Dropbox on D2L.

7.    The Director of Clinical Education will review clinical documentation completed on Trajecsys throughout the clinical rotation to ensure adequate progress is made toward clinical practicum objectives. Feedback will be provided to each student via Trajecsys.




Required Skills Observations:

The student is required to seek out opportunities for observations (or possible assisting in) of the following skills as part of their clinical practicum. The student is required to complete a minimum of five of the activities listed below:

·     Intubation

·     Pulmonary Function Testing (spirometry-clinic and/or bedside, peak flow, diffusion, plethysmography)

·     Hemodynamic Monitoring

·     Arterial Line Sampling

·     Pulmonary Artery Pressure Measurement

·     Thermodilution Cardiac Output Measurement

·     Bronchoscopy Assisting

·     Metabolic Assessment

·     Cardiac Stress Testing

·     Lung Scan

·     CT Scan

·     MRI

·     Cardiac Catheterization

·     Echocardiography

·     Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

·     Polysomnography Setup/Monitoring/Interpretation


ICU Care Plans:

The student is required to complete a minimum of one Care Plan for each day assigned in the ICU setting. This Care Plan (ideally) should be completed on a patient the student is caring for as part of his/her assignment. Care plan format will be discussed in orientation prior to the beginning of rotation. All care plans should be completed and submitted as part of the Clinical Portfolio via Trajecsys.


Weekly Reflective Reports:

Each week the student will compose a weekly reflective report describing events, skills, practiced and/or significant learning experiences as a summary of each week’s clinical experience. The student is encouraged to include personal opinions and insight appropriate to the subject matter. The student should provide a brief summary of approximately 300 words or upload a short video clip. Reflective reports should be completed and posted to the appropriate week’s discussion board in D2L no later than each Saturday evening, midnight each week. Students are required to review and respond to a minimum of two of their peers as part of this assignment by no later than Sunday of that same week, midnight.


Case Study:

Following the format outlined here, each student will submit a word document case study. All attempts will be made to let you work on your case study during clinical time, however, it may be necessary for you to remain at the clinical site for some additional time to complete the case study. Case studies will be graded on their neatness, completeness and student’s ability to interpret and analyze data. A rubric is available on D2L for reference.


Case Study Format:

The following outline should be followed exactly for the case studies. Include all titles and subject headings. Case studies are to be turned in on or before midnight Sunday, December 3rd via the assignment drop box on D2L.


Grade Items and Grade Determination:


Grade Percentage

Clinical Portfolio (to include observations)


Weekly Discussion Boards


ICU Care Plans


Case Study





Approximate Grading Scale:

A: 90-100

B: 80-89

C: 75-79

D: 70-74

F:  69 and below

Attendance and Participation:

Attendance at clinical sites is an essential component of the student’s clinical education. The student must be in their assigned area of rotation and prepared for instruction at the scheduled time for that rotation. Each student is required to document his or her clinical hours utilizing our clinical documentation software, Trajecsys. Hours are reviewed and verified each week by the Clinical Chair and/or assigned faculty. Each student will complete, 18 total shifts (varying from 8 to 12 hours in duration depending on location, 17 total shifts if assigned to pulmonary rehab) with additional hours noted for orientation and case study presentations. Every student is required to make up any missed clinical time.

Additional information and policies in reference to clinical attendance are published in the Respiratory Care Program Student Handbook.

Missed Clinic Day Policy:

If a student is unable to complete scheduled hours at their clinical site for their scheduled shift (i.e. illness, etc.), it is his/her responsibility to report the intended absence to the clinical site and the Director of Clinical Education prior to the time of the Practicum. When reporting an absence to the Director of Clinical Education, please call (940) 397-4546 and leave a message or contact the Director of Clinical Education directly utilizing direct messaging through the Group Me app. When reporting the absence to a clinical site, have the hospital operator page the Respiratory Charge Therapist currently on shift. Leave a message with the charge therapist. Make-up days will be required for all unexcused clinical absences. Make-up time is made up in double-time.

Please note, calls to report an absence must be made at least one hour prior to the scheduled time for the Practicum. An absence not reported by this procedure will be recorded on the Clinical Incident Form as outlined in the Respiratory Care Program Student Handbook. The Director of Clinical Education may consider extenuating circumstances. An adverse decision, as a result of missed clinic time or failure to report missed hours timely, may be appealed to the Program Director.

Additional information and policies in reference to clinical attendance are published in the Respiratory Care Program Student Handbook.

Tardiness Policy:

It is equally important that a student be punctual to the clinical site. In order for the student to obtain maximum benefit from the Clinical Practicum, they must be present for the report given at the change of shift. Late is defined as arriving at the clinical site fifteen minutes past the scheduled time for the Practicum. However, if a student arrives later than thirty minutes past the scheduled time for the Practicum, he/she may not be allowed to stay for that clinical day. If a student must be late for clinical it is their responsibility to contact the site prior to the scheduled time for Practicum.


After contacting the appropriate person within the specified time, the student must be present within one hour of the scheduled time for the Practicum. Depending on the area of rotation and the circumstances, an alternative assignment may be made. If a student is habitually late, the instructor and/or the Clinical Director will counsel them.


If the student does not report tardiness to the appropriate person, an absence will be recorded. The Director of Clinical Education will consider extenuating circumstances. Every two days a student is late, an unexcused absence will be recorded.


It is equally important that all students remain at their clinical site for the entire designated time. If the student must leave early for any reason, the student must call the Clinical Director. Students may be required to make up any missed hours.

Leaving the clinical site for any reason and not communicating with the preceptor and the Clinical Director is grounds for dismissal from the program.

It is also required that all students communicate with their assigned preceptor any time they leave their area for any reason (lunch, break, work on case studies, etc.) 

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