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Respiratory Therapy
Certificate of Technical Studies

The Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy is a cooperative effort between Bossier Parish Community College, the School of Allied Health Professions at LSU Health Sciences Center, and area hospital clinical affiliates to prepare graduates as competent Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT). Respiratory Therapy is a program employed with medical direction in the treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system.

The Respiratory Therapy Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Specific Requirements:

Students who have successfully completed the Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy and who desire to continue with the Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy must apply to the program in the spring semester. Enrollment in this program is based upon successful completion of the Associate of Science with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 in all course work and a 2.500 GPA in all clinical work. Clinical class size is determined by clinical site availability and employment statistics.

Students admitted to the Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy program must submit all required information as described in the previous section (associate degree in Respiratory Therapy) and meet all academic standards, as described.

Required courses for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy:

Summer Semester Hours
RSTH 250: Respiratory Care Seminar II 2
RSTH 260: Cardiopulmonary Physiology II 3
Fall Semester Hours
RSTH 255: Critical Care Concepts II 3
RSTH 265: Clinical Applications & Procedures III 2
RSTH 270: Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
Spring Semester Hours
RSTH 290: Professional Leadership 3
RSTH 275: Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 2
RSTH 280: Clinical Applications & Procedures IV 2
RSTH 285: Advanced Practitioners & Procedures Review 1
Total credit hours for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy 21


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