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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to define interventional pulmonology.
  • Students will be able to describe the evolution and current status of interventional pulmonology.


Orientation and overview of interventional pulmonology as a respiratory care specialty.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Define interventional pulmonology
B. Describe the evolution of interventional pulmonology
C. Describe the current and future status of interventional pulmonology
D. Describe education and training in interventional pulmonology
E. Define medical terminology related to interventional pulmonology procedures
F. Describe patient monitoring during interventional pulmonology procedures
G. Describe general infection control and universal precautions
H. Describe radiation protection

Course Content

A. Interventional pulmonology
1. Definition of interventional pulmonology
B. Evolution of interventional pulmonology
1. Development of interventional pulmonology
2. The development of the first endoscopes
3. The invention of bronchoscopy
a. The rigid bronchoscope
b. The flexible bronchoscope
4. Technical developments
a. Illumination
b. Documentation using media
c. Simulation models
C. Current and future status of interventional pulmonology
1. Interventional pulmonology, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s
2. Future projections in interventional pulmonology
D. Education and training in the field of interventional pulmonology
1. Current medical fellowship programs for pulmonologists
E. Medical terminology
1. Medicine and specialties related to interventional pulmonology
2. Related diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical terms associated with interventional pulmonology
3. Related body systems associated with interventional pulmonology
4. Diseases and disorders associated with interventional pulmonology
F. Patient monitoring
1. Vital signs
2. Review of ECG monitoring
3. Pulse oximetry review
4. Capnometry review
5. Hemodynamic monitoring
G. Infection control and universal precaution
1. Medical asepsis
2. Universal precautions
3. Isolation procedures
H. Radiation protection during procedures
1. Therapist protection from radiation exposure
a. Aprons
b. Shields
2. Dosimeters
3. Closing doors during procedures
4. Safety precautions

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Multimedia classroom
B. Computer access for online CANVAS component

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of evaluation may include, but are not limited to: quizzes, midterm, and a comprehensive final examination for content, terminology, and knowledge of subject matter.

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of instruction may include, but are not limited to: lecture, discussion, online modules, and tutorials.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Ernst and Herth. Principles and Practice of Interventional Pulmonology. New York: Springer Publishing, 2013. ISBN: 9781461442912 (This is a seminal textbook in this area of study)


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Types of required reading and writing may include, but are not limited to: weekly reading from the textbook, cooperative learning exercises and online content.



Respiratory Technologies