Theoretical Applications

Course Details

Course Number
RESP 4432
Spring 2018
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:00 am - 9:10 am




Midwestern State University (MSU) does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s disability and complies with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility and employment of individuals in programs and activities. MSU provide academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic and employment requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or 397-4515.


Please see the instructor outside of class to make any arrangements involving special accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to declare any disabilities. After declaration, preferably at the beginning of each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable accommodations that may be required. 

Dr. Jennifer Anderson EdD, RRT-NPS (view Profile)

Course Objectives

  • To master the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities required of an entry-level respiratory therapist
  • Review existing data, collect additional data, and evaluate all data to determine and defend the appropriateness of the prescribed respiratory care plan.

Course Expectations


Will provide each participant with a comprehensive review of Basic and Advanced Respiratory Care along with a step-by-step method of preparation for successful completion of both the Therapist Multiple Choice and Clinical Simulation examinations. This is a 3-day seminar students are expected to pay for and attend.  It will be during normal class time.  If students choose not to attend, they will be required to write a 20 page Literature Review to make up for class time.  See Dr. Anderson for details about the assignment. 

Grading Standards




                        TMC SAE Mock Exit Exam    (Must pass per handbook)                   



                        Lindsey Jones Practice Exams                 40%

                         Midterm exam                                      20%

                         Quizzes                                                20%

                         Reflective Reports/Updates                    20%





            Each exam grade is based on the minimum passing score.


                        5% or > above minimum passing score =    95-100

                        Minimum passing score =          95 - 90

                        5% -10% below minimum =      89 - 75         

                        10% or below minimum =         74 – 70

                      > 10% below minimum =           69 - 60       



            TMC Mock Exam:

Therapist Multiple-Choice Examination consists of 160 multiple-choice questions (140-scored items and 20 pretest items) distributed among three major content areas: Patient Data Evaluation and Recommendations, Troubleshooting and Quality Control of Equipment and Infection Control, and Initiation and Modification of Interventions. Therapist Multiple-Choice candidates are given three hours to complete the examination. Passing score is 88 correct answers or 63% for the mock exam.

*(passing score TMC exam high cut score 94 correct answers or 67%)


            Exit Examination Passing Requirements:

All students are required to pass the National Board of Respiratory Care SAE (self-assessment exams) Therapist Multiple Choice Exam and Clinical Sim Exam as part of RESP 4432 Theoretical Applications and RESP 4102 Clinical Patient Management.  Students may repeat the examination in the event that the exam is not successfully passed the first time. The student may retake the exam as needed to pass in order to graduate.  Please note retaking the exam will be an additional cost to the student. If the exam is not successfully passed by the graduation date, the student will receive an Incomplete.  The student has until the beginning of the next fall semester to pass the exam and remove the incomplete from their record. The student will not receive a diploma until they pass the Respiratory Care SAE (self-assessment exams).


The SAE (self-assessment exams) are mock RRT (registered respiratory therapist) exams that are given under true testing conditions.  The exams are written by the same group that administers the actual exams graduates will be required to pass in order to obtain the RRT credential. *




Quizzes will be taken during class only.  No makeup quizzes will be allowed.



Students are required to compose a reflective report from the feedback they received after completion of mock exams and throughout the semester.  Students are required to describe weaknesses determined from the self-assessment and their plan to strengthen those areas.  Students should also provide updates and/tips to classmates throughout the semester. The reflective reports/updates should be in social media form. Guidelines will be provided.




                        90-100%                       A

                        80-89%                         B

                        75-79%                         C

                        61-75%                         D

                        <60%                           F

Submission Format Policy

Approximate Lecture Schedule

Date:                           Topic:                                                                       

Jan. 16                         Review Syllabus/Log on to Lindsey Jones            / Test Taking Tips



Jan. 18                          Reviewing Data in the Patient Record

                                    Quiz 1  


Jan. 22 - Feb. 4            Clinical (Lindsey Jones TMC Exams 1, 2 and update, due at midnight on Feb. 4th )


Feb. 5                          Collect & Evaluate Pertinent Clinical Information

                                    Quiz 2 


Feb. 6-8                       Kettering


Feb. 12                        Recommend Procedures to Obtain Additional Data

                                    Quiz 3


Feb. 13                         Manipulate Equipment by Order or Protocol

                                    Quiz 4 


Feb. 15                         TMC Practice Day (Lindsey Jones TMC Exam 3 due)



Feb. 18 – Mar. 4           Clinical (Lindsey Jones TMC Exams 4, 5 and update due at midnight on March 4th)


Mar. 5                          Infection & Quality Control

                                     Quiz 5


Mar. 6                          Midterm Exam – Class will run long (Room FE 300)                     



Mar. 8                         Reflective Report


Mar. 12-16                  Spring Break         



Mar. 19                        Maintain Records & Communication

                                    Quiz 6      


Mar. 20                       TMC Practice Day   (Must pay for NBRC SAE TMC and Clin Sim exams today)

                                    Quiz 7



Mar. 22                       Achieve Adequate Respiratory Support (Lindsey Jones TMC Exam 6 due and update)

                                  Quiz 8



Mar.  26                   Review for mock TMC exam  


Mar. 27                    Mock SAE TMC Exam – Class will run long (Room FE 300)



Mar. 28                    Reflective Report


Mar. 29                    Holiday Break



Apr. 1-15                  Clinical   (Lindsey Jones TMC Exam 7, 8 and update due at midnight on April 15)  



Apr. 16                     Evaluate & Monitor the Patient’s objective & Subjective Response    

                                 Quiz 9


Apr. 17                     Mock SAE Clinical Sim Exam (Room FE 300)


Apr. 19                     TMC Practice Day


Apr. 23                     TMC Practice Day


Apr. 26                      Mock Interviews/ Advisory Board Meeting


Apr.  30                      Lindsey Jones TMC Exam 9 – in class


May   1                      Lindsey Jones TMC Exam 10 – in class


May 3                        Case Studies


May 7                         Review/Retest


May 8                         Review/ Retest

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Regular class attendance is required.  No distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences unless the absence has been cleared through the office of the Dean of Students, Athletic Department, Academic Affairs, Faculty, or Program Chair. If a student misses a lecture, it is the student’s responsibility to work with other class members to determine what material was missed.  Please refer to the MSU Student Handbook for more information.


1 day missed = no point deduction off of final grade

2 – 4 days missed = 5 point deduction off of final grade

5 + days missed = 10 point deduction off of final grade



Students should be prepared and in their seats by 8:00 am.  One tardy will be allowed during the semester.  Each tardy after will be counted as missed days (Two days tardy = 1 missed day).   

Other Policies

  REGARDING Facebook/Social Media

·         Appropriate social media, such as Facebook, will be used to study and collaborate with in the Theoretical course.

·         The professor reserves the right to remove posts that violate any provisions outlined by this policy.

·         The official account should avoid biased promotion of events and remain objective, reporting what is fact. 

·         Content may be shared only with classmates and the professor.

·         Audience engagement should be done in a professional manner.

·         Mistakes made on social media posts should be corrected as soon as possible and any deleted posts should be acknowledged in subsequent postings. In the event that a personal post is inadvertently posted from a Media account, it will be immediately deleted. It will be acknowledged if deemed necessary by the professor.



Participation and attendance are important to the success of passing board exams.  Two excused absences will be allowed during the semester.



If a student is going to miss an examination, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the exam to arrange with the instructor to make up the missed exam.  A 15% reduction will be taken for each day (weekends and holidays included) after the scheduled exam date.  The professor reserves the right to make unscheduled exams essay in nature and considerably more challenging.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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