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Respiratory Therapy
Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science 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 Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT). 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 program consists of qualification course work (43 credit hours) and two (2) semesters of clinical course work (24 credit hours).  Upon successful completion of the course work, the graduate will receive the Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible for the NBRC entry level exam (CRT).

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

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy will have demonstrated

  1. ability to communicate verbally with a diverse population of health care professionals and patients and to document clearly and accurately in order to effectively deliver respiratory care;
  2. application of critical thinking to the assessment and treatment of the respiratory patient in the clinical setting;
  3. application of concepts of chemistry, anatomy, physiology, physics, and microbiology to the role of the respiratory therapists;
  4. utilization of mathematical skills to proficiently perform pharmaceutical and respiratory calculations;
  5. integration of computer and other current technologies in the delivery and documentation of respiratory care; and
  6. competency in the performance of skills appropriate to the level of a certified respiratory therapist.

Specific Requirements:

To be eligible to be considered for admission to the clinical courses, the student must:

  1. have completed all qualification courses with a minimum grade of C;
  2. have a minimum grade point average of 2.500;
  3. have attended a Respiratory Therapy Orientation session;
  4. be a minimum age of 18;
  5. have demonstrated computer competency through completion of a college level computer course or by successful completion of the competency exam;
  6. have submitted a completed program application by the published deadline (June 15); and
  7. appear before the Program Selection Committee for an interview.

The Program Selection Committee is composed of the program director, clinical and academic coordinators, College personnel, and area professionals working in respiratory therapy. Selection for clinicals is based upon the following:

  1. grade point average
  2. scores on three (3) academic rating forms or two (2) academic rating forms and one (1) employee rating form.
  3. post interview assessment by selection committee to include language skills, personal appearance, demeanor, past academic achievements, knowledge of the profession, and job experience, if applicable.

Students will be notified by mail of acceptance or rejection for entry into fall clinical course work. Clinical class size is determined by clinical site availability and employment statistics.

All students selected for respiratory therapy clinicals must provide all required clinical information (listed earlier in this section) including a completed health status statement form from a physician, laboratory immunization/testing reports for mumps, measles, rubella, tetanus, tuberculosis, varicella zoster, and Hepatitis B and any others required by the hospital/clinical facility and documentation of laboratory testing for negative drug screening. Students must also maintain current health insurance coverage while in the program and submit a signed consent/release for comprehensive background check. Once accepted into clinicals, students will pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition during each clinical semester. Students must maintain a minimum grade of C (70%) or better in all clinical course work to remain in the program. Any student who fails to maintain a 70% while in clinicals will be terminated from the program. The student may reapply and re-interview for the next class the following year if he/she wishes to continue to pursue the RT degree. If reaccepted, it will be at the discretion of the program director as to which course(s) must be remediated or audited based on results of the student’s prior performance in the program.

Required courses for Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy:

Qualification Courses
(must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher)
ENGL 101: Composition & Rhetoric I 3
PSYC: Psychology Elective 3
ZLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
ENGL 102: Composition & Rhetoric II 3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
ZLGY 124/124L: Human Anatomy/Lab 4
CHEM 107/107L: Introductory Chemistry/Lab 4
Fine Arts Elective 3
MATH elective (112 or 114 suggested) 3
MICR 110/110L: Survey of Microbiology/Lab 4
ZLGY 125: Human Physiology 3
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech 3
PHSC 105: Elemental Physics 3
PHSC 105L: Elemental Physics Lab 1
Students must have demonstrated competency in computer literacy through completion of a college-level computer science course or by successful completion of the competency exam.
Total qualification course hours: 43
Clinicals Courses
First Semester Hours
RSTH 202: Fundamentals of Respiratory Therapy 4
RSTH 203: Cardiopulmonary Physiology I 3
RSTH 204: Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology 3
RSTH 210: Clinical Applications & Procedures I 2
Second Semester Hours
RSTH 220: Pulmonary Disease 3
RSTH 221: Critical Care Concepts I 4
RSTH 225: Clinical Applications & Procedures II 2
RSTH 226: Clinical Seminar 2
RSTH 230: Clinical Review Conferences 1
Total credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy 67

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