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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 Therapists are employed with medical direction in the treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Upon successful program completion, a graduate is eligible to take the National Board of Respiratory Care credentialing exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

The BPCC Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC)/Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy will be able to demonstrate:

  1. effective written, electronic and verbal communication with a diverse population of healthcare professional, patients, and families in order to effectively provide respiratory care in specialized areas including adult intensive care, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and long-term care;
  2. clear and accurate documentation from verbal, written, and electronic communication to effectively provide respiratory care to patients of various ages, conditions, and backgrounds;
  3. the ability to constantly anticipate, critically assess, recognize, and provide timely solutions in the treatment of the patient with respiratory disorders in specialized clinical areas including adult intensive care, pediatric intensive care, neonatal intensive care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and long-term care;
  4. selection of best respiratory care practices after consideration of diagnostic data; and
  5. use of emerging technologies in the delivery, assessment, and documentation of respiratory care.

Specific Requirements:

Students who have successfully completed the Associate of Applied 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 an Associate Degree program in Respiratory Therapy with a cumulative GPA of 2.000 in all course work and a 2.500 GPA in all program course work. Program 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 of Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy) and meet all academic standards, as described.

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

Fall Semester Hours
RSTH 250: Respiratory Care Seminar II 2
RSTH 255: Critical Care Concepts II 3
RSTH 265: Clinical Applications & Procedures III 2
RSTH 260: Cardiopulmonary Physiology II 3
10
Spring Semester Hours
RSTH 270: Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RSTH 275: Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 2
RSTH 280: Clinical Applications & Procedures IV 2
RSTH 285: Advanced Practitioners & Procedures Review 1
RSTH 291: Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 3
11
Total credit hours for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy 21

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