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Course : Clinical Practicum IV

Course Number
RESP 4722
Section Number
Fall 2020
Off-Campus, N/A
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
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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 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 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)
  2. Daily log completion (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 (18)
  7. Preceptor evaluations (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.


  1. 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!  Any category noted as NI will be addressed by the clinical chair.
  2. Preceptor evaluations – Students must complete a preceptor evaluation each day of clinical rotation evaluating their assigned preceptor for that day.
  3. Site evaluations-You must complete a site evaluation for a minimum of one assigned clinic site during the semester. Due at final check-off.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Formal feedback will be provided to each student at a minimum of every two weeks of rotation 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 5 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, October 25th via the assignment drop box on D2L.


Patient Data

  1. Name: initials only
  2. Age
  3. Sex

Admitting data (include date of admission)

  1. admitting chief complaint
  2. pertinent history-medical, family, social/occupational
  3. current differential or working diagnosis

Present chest examination (a and b to be done by student, info may also be retrieved from the H&P)

  1. observations of setting and general appearance
  2. inspection, auscultation, percussion and palpitation
  3. radiologic

Vitals signs (one set to be done by the student) Get at least three sets of vital signs (include dates);

Present, admitting, and one set of intermediate values. Comment specifically on any measures that are not normal.

  1. heart rate/rhythm
  2. ventilatory status
  3. blood pressure
  4. temperature

Any lines or tubes (Art. Line, chest tube, etc.)

Clinical laboratory data. Where possible get at least three sets of clinical laboratory data; present, admitting, and one set of intermediate values (dates should be provided for all clinical lab data). Comment specifically on any measures that are not normal.

  1. red blood cells
  2. hemoglobin/hematocrit
  3. white blood cells
  4. blood gases (including 02 content Fi02 and ventilatory data and interpretation of acid-base status and oxygenation for each blood gas)
  5. platelets
  6. clotting studies (clotting time, PT, PTT)
  7. Serum electrolytes (relate abnormals to ABG’s)
  8. Sputum culture and sensitivity
  9. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN)
  10. Creatinine
  11. Glucose
  12. Urinalysis

Pertinent medications (medications associated with admitting diagnosis as well as any pulmonary medications)-include for each; synopsis of PDR (or other drug book) sections for 1. Description, 2. Indications and usage (specific to this case), 3. Precautions, 4. Adverse reactions, 5. Dosage and administration.

  1. respiratory
  2. cardiovascular
  3. antibiotic
  4. other-analgesics, antacids, anticoagulants, antihistamines, decongestants, anti-inflammatory, antipyretics, diuretics, narcotics

Evaluation of major organ systems other than drugs

  1. heart
  2. neurological
  3. liver
  4. kidneys
  5. GI

Major diagnostic procedures and results (listed by date)

Rationale for initial treatment

Major complications since admission (include dates)

Rationale for current treatment (applied to present illness)

Rationale for current respiratory care

Reasonable short term plan for the patient


At the end of the clinical rotation, the students will present their case study on Thursday, December 3rd via Zoom. Your presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes and you should prepare based on the criteria below. These presentations will be evaluated and each participant will be awarded professional credits.



For your presentation, you will present the following information in narrative form (in your own words):


1. Patient data (Age, gender)

2. Admitting data, chief complaint

3. Pertinent History-medical, family, social/Occupational

4. Working Diagnosis (give description of disease)

5. Any pertinent issues with labs or x-rays

6. Any pertinent treatment and outcomes (medications, medical interventions such as CPR, ventilator, etc.)

7. Length of Stay, summary of outcomes and prognosis, plan of care


Presentations will be graded on content, professionalism, and ability to answer questions about your case study presentation.



In an effort to develop professionalism and promote community service within the respiratory profession, each student is required to complete professional credits each clinical practicum. Students are required to participate in suggested activities throughout the semester and are awarded professional credits assigned to each activity. Examples of activities along with point value are listed below.  Additional meaningful caveats may also be considered with the approval of the faculty. Failure to complete professional credits will result in an “Incomplete” grade for the clinical practicum and students will not be allowed to progress within the curriculum until completion. All professional credits must be submitted as a Word Document (example posted to D2L under resources).



Clinical Practicum



PC Credits Required

RESP 3712

Clinical Practicum I

Junior Fall

20 Credits

RESP 3722

Clinical Practicum II

Junior Spring

20 Credits

RESP 4722

Clinical Practicum IV

Senior Fall

20 Credits

RESP 4732

Clinical Practicum V

Senior Spring

20 Credits






              Activities                                                                              PC Credits

Attend AARC Convention (5 lectures + tour exhibits)                   20

Attend State Convention (5 lectures + tour exhibits)                                20

AARC Student Member (one-time credit)                                                  8

CoBGRTE Student Member (one-time credit)                               8

State RC Student Member (one-time credit)                                              8

RC Student Association member (3 meetings & 1 project)                        8

Regional state RC meeting attendance                                                    10

CF/Asthma Camp                                                                                   12/day

Attend “Better Breather” Club meeting                                                    2/hour

Summarize journal articles from RC, CHEST, etc.                                1/article

On-line CEU credits                                                                                4/CEU

Volunteer at the American Lung Association event                                2/hour

PFT Lung Screening events                                                                   2/hour

Attend local RC seminars/symposia                                                       2/hour

Participate in Health Fair                                                                         2/hour

Legislative Action                                                                                          1























Clinical Affective Evaluation:


Each student will be evaluated by the Clinical Chair (with input from clinical preceptors) on their performance during their clinical rotation. Feedback will be provided to each student as part of their final grade.

The evaluation includes:

  1. professional appearance
  2. attendance
  3. arrive on time and prepared
  4. dependability
  5. can function as part of the healthcare team
  6. friendly and helpful within the department
  7. accepts supervision, seeks feedback
  8. appropriate and courteous with patients 
  9. conducts self in a professional/ethical manner
  10. communicates effectively, use appropriate language
  11. can prioritize and use effective time management
  12. self-directed and manages work responsibly
  13. self-confident, uses good judgment
  14. participates in educational activities that enhance clinical performance



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 their 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 dependent on location) 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 is 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 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 scheduled time for the Practicum. An absence not reported by this procedure will be recorded on the Clinical Incident Form as outlines in the Respiratory Care Program Student Handbook. The Director of Clinical Education may take extenuating circumstances into account. 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 is 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 appropriate person within the specified time, the student must be present within one hour of 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 take extenuating circumstances into account. 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.)


Inclement Weather:


In cases of bad weather (i.e. winter weather) or severe weather (i.e. severe thunderstorm warnings, tornadoes), the student must use their own judgment when deciding whether or not to attend clinical practicum. The student will inform the clinical instructor as soon as possible. Absences secondary to bad and/or severe weather may be excused at the discretion of the Clinical Director.  If public schools in your clinical area (i.e. school-district surrounding your hospital assignment) are canceled, your absence will be excused. No make-up time is required for excused absences secondary to inclement weather.


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