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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): William Wojciechowski, MS, RRT, NPS
Peer Reviewer(s): Brian Parker, MPH, RRT
Item#: V7284
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)

Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # V7284
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Expiration Date: July 18, 2020

This basic-level course provides respiratory therapists with a review of the concepts and principles of anatomy and physiology that apply to clinical practice. This course reviews the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the respiratory system. Structure is covered beginning with a description of the thoracic cage and thoracic cavity, followed by a discussion of lung structures. A description of the airways, alveoli, and the alveolar-capillary membrane is then provided. Physiology related to the pulmonary system is then described. The process of bulk air movement and lung volumes and lung capacities are discussed. Dead space, defenses of the lung, alveolar stability and expansion, and diffusion are also presented. The course concludes with a description of O2 transport, CO2 transport, and neural control of the lungs.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the anatomy of the upper and lower airways.
  • Define the various cell types that make up the lower airway and alveoli.
  • List the components of the alveolar-capillary membrane.
  • Describe pulmonary circulation.
  • Relate how air movement is accomplished.
  • Identify and calculate the normal lung volumes, capacities, flows, and dead space volumes.
  • Discuss the protection and defenses of the lung.
  • Explain the role of pulmonary surfactant as it pertains to alveolar stability and expansion.
  • Describe the factors affecting the diffusion of gas between alveoli and blood.
  • Describe how oxygen and carbon dioxide are transported in the body.
  • Outline the neural control of the respiratory system.


William Wojciechowski, MS, RRT, NPS, has served as Chair and Associate professor in the baccalau­reate degree respiratory therapy program at the University of South Alabama since 1979. Previously he served as Program Director at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics from 1975 to 1979.


Brian Parker, MPH, RRT, has been a practicing respiratory therapist since 1964. His background includes clinical assignments in routine care, critical care, education, management, and manufacturer marketing. His clinical assignments have included patients at high risk (organ transplant, burns, trauma) which required strict adherence to infection control principles. His clinical education assignments included departmental management responsibilities for infection control and quality assurance at a large university-affiliated medical center. Additionally, he has held faculty posts with numerous respiratory care programs where he was responsible for the didactic presentation of evolving “current” infection control methods along with clinical presentation and evaluation of student implementation of those methods. He has taught respiratory care courses, including infection control content, for fifteen years. He has also conducted laboratory exercises for respiratory care students annually in preparation for their introduction to clinical experience. His education included graduate-level course work in epidemiology, statistics, and microbiology that all contribute to content knowledge and contributed to his practice knowledge in professional respiratory care practice.

  • 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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