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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Lisa Conry, MA, RRT
  • Michele DaSilva, BA, RRT-NPS
Item#: V7300
Contents: 1 Course Book (72 pages)

Basic Respiratory Care Pharmacology, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # V7300
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 8, 2018

Expiration Date: October 26, 2021

This advanced - level course is designed for respiratory therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who care for individuals receiving medication for respiratory conditions. This course explains that the important aspect of pharmacology is not to memorize each characteristic of individual medications, but rather to understand the individual pharmacologic classifications that these medications fall into. By understanding these classifications, the actions of newly approved medications will be better understood by practitioners. This course will enable respiratory therapists to stay current with relevant pharmacotherapy.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss general pharmacological principles.
  • Describe currently used adrenergic and anticholinergic bronchodilators and their modes of action.
  • Describe currently used anti-inflammatory agents and their modes of action.
  • Describe currently used mucolytic, anti-infective, and surfactant agents and their modes of action.
  • Identify currently used vasoconstrictive and vasodilatory agents and their modes of action.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST is a professor, program director for the respiratory therapy program at Victor Valley College. Dr. Marin is also an adjunct researcher and advisor in the Department of Medicine at John Shyy Lab at the University of California, San Diego as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in biochemistry and molecular biology and her BS from Loma Linda University in emergency medical care.

Lisa Conry, MA, RRT has been a respiratory therapy educator since 1989. Ms. Conry is currently the director of clinical education at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, a position she has held for the past ten years. Ms. Conry has taught basic and advanced pharmacology for 29 years as well as advanced mechanical ventilation and neonatal respiratory care courses.

Michele DaSilva, BA, RRT-NPS has more than 27 years of experience in the field of respiratory therapy and healthcare education. Ms. DaSilva is currently enrolled at St. Joseph’s College of Maine pursuing her master’s degree in science, specializing in healthcare education. Ms. DaSilva has worked with the neonatal, pediatric, adult, and geriatric populations in acute, critical, and long-term care facilities. Ms. DaSilva has served as the director of clinical education for the respiratory therapy program at County College of Morris, and she currently volunteers as the director of education for Right2Breathe, a nonprofit organization.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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