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Respiratory Therapy

Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Julio F. Turrens, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Eric J. Loomis, PhD
Item#: V7304
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

Ethical Issues and Decision Making for Respiratory Therapists, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # V7304
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 28, 2018

Expiration Date: February 28, 2021

This advanced level course covers the essential ethical principles for respiratory therapists and other healthcare providers. The contents of this course include many ethical issues that respiratory therapists and others may encounter in patient care settings. Additional contents include discussions on professional moral dilemmas, ethical theories (e.g., utilitarianism, deontologic ethics (Kantianism), social contract theory, virtue ethics). Examples are used to illustrate principles that guide ethical decision making. Case studies are used throughout this course to reinforce understanding and learning of the essential ethical principles.


California RTs - This course is not approved to fulfill your law & ethics requirement.

New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio & Tennessee RTs - This course fulfills your ethics requirement.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the study of ethics and the main differences across various schools of ethical theories.
  • Recognize the principles that guide ethical decision making in the health professions as listed in the American Association for Respiratory Care Statement of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • Explain the ethical decision-making process within the professional healthcare setting.
  • Discuss approaches to clinical decision making using the SOAP method.
  • Describe professional codes of ethics and the legal implications and repercussions within the guiding rulings of health professions.

Julio F. Turrens, PhD, is professor emeritus of biomedical sciences in the Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He received his doctorate degree in chemistry (biochemistry) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to his career in basic research, he has taught several courses in the areas of bioethics and responsible conduct of research to both undergraduate and graduate students. He designed the senior-level bioethics course, issues in biomedical sciences, that covers vari­ous topics ranging from ethics in society, science, and research integrity. He also designed a graduate-level course on responsible conduct of research. He has given numerous presentations on teaching responsible conduct of research and how to detect scientific fraud. He has served as a book reviewer for the book, On Being a Scientist, edited by the National Academy of Sciences and has also served as a consultant for the European Commission as a forensic expert on issues of research integrity.

Eric J. Loomis, PhD, received his doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in philosophy and his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Loomis is an associate professor at the University of South Alabama and specializes in the area of metaphysics, early analytic philosophy. He has authored several works including contributing to publications in The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Science and the Journal Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy. Dr. Loomis has also presented papers at the American Educational Research Association on topics such as “Development and Use of the Philosophical Beliefs Questionnaire.

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  • 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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