Overview

The rapidly growing health care sector demands the requirement of all health care providers, which includes qualified and skilled respiratory therapists. Respiratory therapy workforce currently in the UAE are professionals from outside the UAE. Respiratory care program at KIC will graduate competent candidates ready to meet the requirements of respiratory therapists in the country and to equip them to qualify for the various credentialing examinations globally.

The BSRC program intends to prepare students to work in the clinical field as Respiratory Therapists/ Respiratory Care Practitioners, providing aids to patients who are experiencing difficulty in breathing due to respiratory and related problems, or who suffer from respiratory diseases such as asthma, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or difficulty in maintaining airways.

The BSRC program at KIC offers students a greater ability to build their skills from basic to advanced management and leadership roles within the profession, to become advanced respiratory therapists, not only providing basic and advanced diagnostics, and rehabilitation/home care services to cardiopulmonary patients, but competent to manage and treat critically ill mechanical ventilated patients in critical care areas. In addition to performing respiratory care procedures, respiratory therapists are involved in clinical decision‐making: patient evaluation, selection of appropriate treatment, and assessment of treatment efficacy and patient education.

The BSRC program offers field experience as an integrated component of the curriculum. There are clinical practice courses in the program as part of clinical exposure in addition to internship period conducted in affiliated hospitals in the UAE. Field experience activity is an important element of clinical training to develop and gain the required respiratory care skills, reinforce knowledge of theories and learning principles through real clinical case scenarios, and clinical and professionalism exposure to the health care settings.

Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes are designed to be consistent with the Bachelor level 7 as defined in the UAE's Qualification Framework. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

Knowledge

PLO-1:

  • Define medical terminologies, abbreviations and symbols used in respiratory care.
  • Describe the human anatomy & physiology, the anatomy cardiovascular and respiratory system.
  • Explain the physiology of gas exchange, acid base regulation, and neurologic control of respiration.

PLO-2:

  • Describe cardiopulmonary diseases and other medical conditions that require respiratory care.
  • Explain the theories and principles essential to respiratory care concepts, procedures, and equipment.

PLO-3:

  • Outline the steps in performing diagnostic, therapeutic and ancillary respiratory care procedures.
  • Identify respiratory care medications and other drugs associated with respiratory care management.

PLO-4:

  • Identify the parts and function of diagnostic, therapeutic and other adjunct respiratory care equipment.
  • Identify the different diagnostic, therapeutic and ancillary modalities, and procedures in respiratory care.
  • Describe the various basic and advanced cardiopulmonary assessment modalities and procedures.

Skills

PLO-5:

  • Differentiate between scientific theories and principles and its application in respiratory care physiology, modalities, and equipment.
  • Effectively recognize normal and abnormal findings in physical assessment, laboratory data, diagnostic imaging (chest radiographs), audio-visual interfaces (monitors), and graphic forms and prints.

PLO-6:

  • Properly select the required respiratory care equipment to carry out a respiratory care plan.
  • Effectively recognize and apply international and institutionally based standards, policies, guidelines, and protocols to carry out respiratory care management.
  • Aptly apply ethical standards to resolve clinical dilemmas.

PLO-7:

  • Accurately perform diagnostic testing procedures, record, and interpret results of chest radiographs, laboratory data, blood gas, cardiopulmonary function studies, polysomnography, and ventilator mechanics.

PLO-8:

  • Appropriately select basic and advanced respiratory care modalities to carry out the respiratory care plan.
  • Develop an appropriate respiratory care plan based on patient's specific needs.

PLO-9:

  • Use laboratory and information-based technology to generate data and hypotheses
  • Demonstrate basic laboratory practical techniques.
  • Carry out safety issues in the laboratory and during patient care.

PLO-10:

  • Perform basic therapeutic and advanced respiratory care procedures competently.
  • Examine the patient physical systemically and professionally
  • Operate cardiopulmonary monitoring for adequate monitor within the boundaries of health.

Competency

PLO-11:

  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing (traditional and electronic correspondence).
  • Obtain pertinent information from medical personnel, patients and/or relatives, medical records and various hospital forms.
  • Explain and provide instructions to patient in performing diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers or procedures.

PLO-12:

  • Accurately give oral reports/endorsements (e.g., patient's clinical status, changes in clinical plan or settings) to colleagues and other medical staff.
  • Accurately read, obtain, and analyze data from graphic forms/flow sheets, printouts, analog and digital graphic displays.

PLO-13:

  • Accurately provide information and/or data on respiratory care services and other medical forms.
  • Proficiently use information technology to obtain information and conduct research purposes.

PLO-14:

  • Work effectively as a contributing team member respectful of cultural diversity and individual differences.
  • Establish safe working practices for self and others relative to equipment and machinery, handling of product, disposal of materials and relevant legislation

Applied Learning

  • As a KIC graduate, the students are expected to excel in the clinical areas by accumulating hands-on experience throughout the 5 years program.
  • By completing the BSRC program and 16 credit hours of internship in association with our clinical partners like Cleveland clinic, New Medical Center, Danat Al Emarat, and VPS group, the student will have develop all the essential skills, required for a Clinical Specialist in Respiratory Care.

Career Opportunities

The Five-year Respiratory Care program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care. Graduates are qualified to practice as a competent respiratory therapist in all of the following areas:

  • Intensive care units.
  • Pediatric and Neonatal respiratory care.
  • Pulmonary function laboratories.
  • Emergency departments
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation/ home care.
  • Sleep laboratories
  • Asthma/COPD education.
  • Academics- The students can pursue higher education in Master of Science, Doctorate studies and Post-doctoral fellowships. They are highly in demand as Faculties in various Universities, across the globe.
  • Research/ Respiratory Scientists
  • Clinical application specialists, in various medical equipment companies

Admissions: Required Documents

Study Systems Admissions Requirements
Advanced Stream (Scientific stream) - MOE · Obtained a minimum of 70% average in advance/science stream
General Stream – MOE · Minimum 70% average in general Track
 · To take two remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
American curriculum · Minimum 70% average in American Track
 · Grade-12 Equivalency from MoE
 · To take two remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
British curriculum · Obtained equivalency from MoE
 · At least two passes in science courses in AS or A level.
 · If the student does not have two passes in science courses in AS or A level, to take two remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
Other curricula Pakistan, Indian, Bangladesh ….. Etc. ) inside the UAE · Obtained grade 12 equivalency from MoE
 · Must have studied chemistry and biology in grade 12.
 · If the student has missed one or both of the required courses, to take the missing remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
outside UAE · Obtained grade 12 equivalency from MoE
 · Must have studied chemistry and biology in grade 12.
 · If the student has missed one or both of the required courses, to take the missing remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
  • EmSAT : 1100
  • TOEFL ITP (Amideast) : 500
  • IELTS : 5

Other Requirments

  • 1 Personal photo
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Copy of Valid Visa (Non-Local)
  • Copy of Valid Emirates ID card
  • Health Fitness Certificate

Program Structure & Study Plan

Number of required courses to graduate are as follows:

Course Category Credits
General Education (GE) 12 Course (36 Credit Hours)
Basic Science (BS) 3 Courses (9 Credit Hours)
Core Supporting Major (CSM) 10 Courses (30 Credit Hours)
Respiratory Care Major (RCM) 24 Courses (88 Credit Hours)
Total Credits 49 Courses/163 Credit Hours

Year 1: Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GEE 101 English 101 IELTS 5.0 3 General Education
ADR121 Medical Terminology   3 Core Supporting Major
GES 100 Introduction to Science   3 General Education
GEG 101 General Study Skills   3 General Education
MAT 101 College Mathematics   3 General Education
GEC 101 Computer Literacy   3 General Education
Total credit Hours 18

Year 1: Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GEE 102 English 102 GEE 101 3 General Education
HBS 100 Physics for Health Sciences   3 Basic Sciences
HBS 110 Chemistry for Health Sciences   3 Basic Sciences
HBS 112 Biology for Health Sciences   3 Basic Sciences
ADML122 Anatomy HBM100 3 Core Supporting Major
ADML121 Physiology ADR 121 3 Core Supporting Major
Total credit Hours 18
Total Credit Hours for Year 1 36

Year 2: Semester 3

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
BML473 Biostatistics   3 Core Supporting Major
GEEW201 English for Academic Writing GEE101 3 General Education
GEI102 Islamic Culture   3 General Education
GEU202 UAE Society   3 General Education
HBM 201 Introduction to Microbiology   3 Core Supporting Major
HBM 202 Psychology for Health Care Profession   3 Core Supporting Major
Total Credit Hours 18

Year 2: Semester 4

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GER 202 Critical Thinking GEE101 3 General Education
HRC 200 Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology ADML121 3 Major
HBM 204 General Pharmacology   3 Core Supporting Major
BHM 481 Research Methodology BML473 3 Core Supporting Major
GEIE 201 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship   3 General Education
HRC 202 Introduction to Respiratory Care Profession   2 Major
Total Credit Hours 17
Total Credit Hours for Year 2 35
Total Credits Hours for Year1 & Year2 71

Year 3:  Semester 5

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GEC 201 Multimedia Presentation   3 General Education
HBM 300 Pathophysiology ADML121 3 Core Supporting Major
HRC 300 Ethics in Respiratory Care HRC 202 2 Major
HRC 301 Respiratory Care Science I   4 Major
HRC 302 Patient Assessment HRC 200 4 Major
Total Credit Hours 16

Year 3: Semester 6

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HRC 304  

Cardiopulmonary Disease I

HRC 200

HBM 300

3 Major
HRC 305 Mechanical Ventilation I HRC 301 3 Major
HRC 306 Fundamental of Polysomnography HRC 200 3 Major
HRC 307 Respiratory Care Science II HRC 301

HRC 302

3 Major
HRC 310 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I HRC 301 3 Major
Total Credit Hours   15
Total Credit Hours for Year 3   31
Total Credits Hours for Year1, Year2 & Year3   102

Year 4: Semester 7

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HRC 400 Mechanical Ventilation II HRC 305

 

4 Major
HRC 401 Patient Care Management Seminar HRC 304

HRC 307

2 Major
HRC  402 Pulmonary Function Diagnostics HRC200

HRC 304

3 Major
HRC 403 Cardiopulmonary Disease II HRC 304 3 Major
HRC 409 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II HRC 310 3 Major
Total Credit Hours 15

Year 4:  Semester 8

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HRC 405 Multidisciplinary Respiratory Care HRC 400

HRC 403

3 Major
HRC 406 Perinatal & Pediatric Respiratory Care HRC 400 4 Major
HRC 407 Pulmonary Rehabilitation/ Home Care HRC 403 3 Major
HRC 410 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III HRC 409 8 Major
Total Credit Hours 18
Total Credit Hours for Year 4 33
Total Credits Hours for Year1, Year2, Year3 & Year4 135

Year 5:  Semester 9

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HRC 501 Clinical Simulation Seminar HRC 405

HRC 406

2 Major
HBM 308 Health Informatics   3 Core Supporting Major
HRC 502 Critical Care Monitoring HRC 405 2 Major
HRC 408 Respiratory Care Seminar HRC 406 2 Major
HRC 500 Graduation Project BHM 481 3 Major
Total Credit Hours 12

Year 5:  Semester 10

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HRC 510 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV HRC 410

HRC 502

16 Major
Total Credit Hours 16
Total Credit Hours for Year 5 28
Total Credits Hours for Year1, Year2, Year3, Year4 & Year5 163

Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology

This course provides core knowledge of the normal structure and function of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system. The structures and functions of this system will provide a foundation for studies in airway management, respiratory diseases, pulmonary function testing and human physiology, which deal with acid-base, blood gas disturbances and interpretation. Study units will include topics on respiratory system, thoracic cavity, cardiovascular, mechanics of ventilation, gas exchange and transport and pulmonary diffusion of gases. Clinical application of common anatomical principles will be discussed in this course.

Introduction to Respiratory Care Profession

This course provides an introduction to the profession of respiratory care with emphasis on the duties, responsibilities, respiratory organizations, historical development of this filed and qualifications of a respiratory therapist. Elementary lung disease processes and basic knowledge on respiratory equipment are also described.

Ethics in Respiratory Care

This course provides students with introductory knowledge about health care systems and issues, and how to deliver services in an atmosphere in which ethical and legal considerations are an integral part of the clinical practice. This course also provides students with knowledge on how to deal with patients legally, ethically, and professionally. It also introduces the students to common ethical theories and principles.

Respiratory Care Science I

This course provides the students an introduction to the clinical sciences related to the profession of respiratory care. The course will cover, in detail, the basic principles of gasses, and the clinical use of medical gases (Oxygen, Nitric Oxide, Heliox), humidity and aerosol therapy. Emphasis will be placed on the physical and chemical principles, which influence therapeutic modalities.

Patient Assessment

This course introduces students to the techniques used in the diagnosis of cardiopulmonary diseases. This course involves a systematic study of bedside assessment, patient history, signs, symptoms, thoracic imaging, laboratory techniques and results, electrocardiograph all of which serve as a foundation for clinical assessment and diagnosis. Other diagnostic techniques which are commonly performed or analyzed by the Respiratory Therapist. 

Cardiopulmonary Disease I

The course is to provide students with specific knowledge of cardiopulmonary diseases, which affect ventilation, gas diffusion and respiration. The Course will cover topics of general respiratory pathophysiology, such as obstructive and restrictive lung disease and others. Subsequent topics will concentrate on specific diseases, including their clinical presentation, etiology, diagnosis, and management. Knowledge of these diseases, along with an understanding of the function of the normal lung, will provide a foundation for the rational application of therapeutic modalities.

 

Mechanical Ventilation I

This course is designed to provide students with introductory concepts of mechanical ventilation, such as classification, modes of mechanical ventilation, settings, indication and complications. Basic understanding of the most commonly used ventilators and their clinical application is also covered.

Fundamental of Polysomnography

This course introduces the students to the physiology of the normal sleep cycle, the clinical assessment of sleepiness, the classifications of sleep disorders and other forms of treatment of sleep disorders. This course also focuses during the laboratory sessions on scoring of polysomnography tracings, applying of therapeutic interventions such titration of CPAP/Bi-Level therapy, and patient education.

Respiratory Care Science II

This course introduces students to airway management, lung expansion therapy and airway clearance therapy, topics essential in the practice of respiratory care. The course involves study units in the anatomy of the airways, artificial airways and guidelines for airway management, maintenance of airways, methods of tracheobronchial hygiene and lung expansion therapy. The course will also prepare students for procedures such as arterial and capillary punctures.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice I

This field course provides entry-level clinical experience. Topics include basic life support, universal precautions, patient safety, patient’s medical record, communication, infection control, medical gas systems and oxygen, humidity and aerosol delivery devices, airway management, lung expansion therapy, tracheobronchial hygiene, and arterial punctures and sampling. The field course also covers basics of mechanical ventilation.

Mechanical Ventilation II

This course is a continuation to the course: Basic Mechanical Ventilation, with emphasis on advanced modes used in mechanical ventilation of various disease states, neonatal, home care, transportation and long-term ventilation. The course also puts emphasis on management strategies of mechanical ventilation according to disease entities.

Patient Care Management Seminar

This seminar provides the student with an opportunity to integrate and to present the medical management related to patients who have cardiopulmonary disorders.  Students meet with an instructor to present a patient admission scenario, including the patient history, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention as well as objective determination of success of intervention. Emphasis will be placed on decision making and problem solving as they relate to respiratory care.

Pulmonary Function Diagnostics

The course is to introduce students to the methodologies and physiological importance of specialized, diagnostic tests, which are performed in the pulmonary function laboratory. The Course will cover techniques used to gather physiological data, comparing it to normal populations, interpreting and translating this information into a descriptive, diagnostic presentation. Diseases that commonly require pulmonary function tests are described. Bronchodilator studies to determine reversibility of airway obstruction are also presented. The course will cover the principles of measurement of Spirometry, indirect measurement of lung volumes with gas dilution techniques and body plethysmography. It also describes the measurement of pulmonary diffusing capacity using small volumes of carbon monoxide (DLCO) and diagnosis of bronchial hyper-responsiveness in patients with normal spirometry and cardiopulmonary exercise

Cardiopulmonary Disease II

This course is a continuation to the course: cardiopulmonary diseases II (HRC 304). The course is to provide students with specific knowledge of cardiopulmonary disorders and related conditions, which affect ventilation, gas diffusion and respiration. Knowledge of these disorders and conditions, along with an understanding for their clinical presentation, etiology, and diagnosis, will provide a foundation for the rational application of therapeutic modalities.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II

This clinical field course is designed to provide clinical experience and patients’ outcome evaluation related to delivery of airway pharmacology, transportation of critically ill patients and basic mechanical ventilation, with emphasis on advanced modes, ventilator graphics and management strategies used in mechanical ventilation of various disease states.

Multidisciplinary Respiratory Care

This course is designed to cover three essential areas in respiratory care practice: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Trauma and Advanced Radiology. These areas need specialized knowledge and in-depth skills to prepare students to the level of advanced standards due to the recent vast development in global health care.

Perinatal and Paediatric Respiratory Care

This course is designed to cover major aspects of neonatal and pediatric respiratory care. The course involves the study of topics about fetal lung development, fetal circulation, cardiopulmonary transition at birth, neonatal and pediatric resuscitation, neonatal and pediatric assessment, respiratory care procedures, common respiratory diseases in neonates & pediatrics and their proper management.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Home Care

This course provides the knowledge and comprehension of pulmonary rehabilitation, in patients with limiting respiratory conditions in order to improve patients' exercise tolerance and quality of life and reduce breathlessness. It covers patient education and caregiver to maintain the highest possible functional capacity to patients. Topics are: medication regimens, smoking cession, breathing retaining, bronchial hygiene, special equipment set-up and servicing, patient and family education, patient evaluation. This course will also address the respiratory care home care services in terms of procedure, equipment, and modalities.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III

This clinical practice course provides advanced clinical field experience on respiratory care therapeutic and diagnostic patient care with more emphasis on critical care areas. The focus of this clinical course is on respiratory care practices in pediatric and neonatal critical care, including specialized learning experiences in therapeutic modalities, mechanical ventilation, and more emphasizes on technical procedures that differ from the adult patient. The clinical course will also cove home care and pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation. Students will also be exposed to various levels of management in the respiratory profession and gain skills in advanced assessment and clinical decision-making.

Clinical Simulation Seminar

This seminar course provides simulated practice and scenarios of patient care skills in a multimedia setting. It allows students to cover clinical simulation of different patient scenarios related to respiratory care which requires specialized knowledge in solving patient management problems written in a branching logic format. Simulation and role playing of various clinical situations in the lab will enhance the classroom experience and skills.

Critical Care Monitoring

This course provides the students with core knowledge and skills with different essential monitoring and diagnostic techniques and modalities for critically ill patients in the critical care setting. These include procedures, such, fluid and electrolyte abnormalities, hemodynamic monitoring, bronchoscopy, pleural interventions (chest tube & pleural aspiration) and cardiac outputs.

Respiratory Care Seminar

This seminar course is to discuss specialty topics selected by instructor and students. This course will also offer to students advanced topics presented by specialists- Pulmonologist, Intensivist, neonatologist, Internist, Respiratory Therapists and other medical specialists. This course is to have students discuss, evaluate and gain knowledge from presenting and attending many case studies related mainly on perinatal & pediatric topics, sleep disorders and rehabilitation and home care

Graduation Project

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply research skills and carry out a research project related to the major program under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will be required to conduct literature review and perform data collection, statistical analysis, writing up of the research paper. Students participating in research must complete CITI program (https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/) for research ethics and compliance training prior to submitting research proposals.

Respiratory Care Clinical Practice IV

This clinical practice course provides a capstone advanced clinical field experience. The clinical time will allow the student to continue their hands-on clinical learning. Emphasis is on respiratory care therapeutic and diagnostic patient care for critically ill patients in different settings. These include procedures, such as hemodynamic monitoring, ECG interpretation, fluid and electrolyte abnormalities, bronchoscopy, pleural interventions in vivo blood gas monitoring and management of trauma and post-cardiothoracic surgical care.

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