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Technical Competency Area in Respiratory Therapy

The Technical Competency Area in Respiratory Therapy program provides training for students who have successfully completed the Bossier Parish Community College Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy program. The TCA program prepares students to perform advanced respiratory therapy practitioner skills.

Program

The Respiratory Therapy Technical Competency is a cooperative effort between the 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.

Program Goal

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Program Overview

The objective of the program is to train competent individuals in respiratory care skills sufficient for the delivery of safe clinical therapy and adequate to meet qualification for the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC)Will open new browser window or tabadvanced registry exam.

The Technical Competency Area in Respiratory Therapy program is a two-semester program that includes didactic, laboratory, and clinical course work. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive the Technical Competency Area in Respiratory Therapy and be eligible for the NBRC advanced registry level exam (RRT).

The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).Will open new browser window or tabCommission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, 817 283-2835.

Career Description

Respiratory therapists, also known as respiratory care practitioners, provide treatment, evaluation, monitoring and management of patients with breathing disorders or cardiovascular problems.

Care provided by respiratory therapists may include the following: administration of oxygen, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, management of mechanical ventilators, administering drugs to the lungs, monitoring cardiopulmonary systems and measuring lung function. Respiratory therapists work with numerous types of cutting edge technology to assist their patients. They also understand how to apply high tech devices in the care and treatment of patients, how to assess patients to ensure the treatments are working properly, and how to make the care changes necessary to arrive at the best outcome for the patient.

Respiratory therapists treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people with lung disease. They provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning or shock.

Respiratory therapists work in a wide variety of settings including: hospitals, long term care facilities, medical equipment companies, home health agencies, physician offices and more.

For a more complete description of careers in respiratory therapy, refer to the website of the American Association for Respiratory Care.Will open new browser window or tab

Specific Requirements:

To be eligible for the program students must have successfully completed the Bossier Parish Community College Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy program.

While in the program students must maintain all requirements for student of a program with a clinical component, including, but not limited to:

  • 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 criminal background check.
  • Payment of a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition and fees.

Required courses for Technical Competency Area in Respiratory Therapy:

  Hours
RSTH 235: Cardiopulmonary Case Studies and Ethical Issues 1
RSTH 265: Clinical Applications and Procedures III 2
RSTH 270: Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 3
RSTH 275: Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics 2
RSTH 285: Advanced Practitioners Review 1
RSTH 291: Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 3
Total credits for Technical Competency Area in Respiratory Therapy 12

All courses must be completed with at least a grade of "C" in each class and met all graduation requirements to receive the Technical Competency Area in Respiratory Therapy from BPCC.

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