What is Respiratory Care?
Respiratory Therapy is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion
of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory therapists apply scientific
principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary
system. Their knowledge of the scientific principles underlying cardiopulmonary physiology
and pathophysiology, as well as biomedical engineering and technology, enable them
to effectively assess, educate, and treat patients with cardiopulmonary disorders.
As a health care profession, Respiratory therapy is practiced under medical direction.
Respiratory Care is specifically focused on the prevention, assessment, treatment,
management, control, diagnostic evaluation, education, and care of patients with deficiencies
and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Critical thinking, patient/environment
assessment skills, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines enable respiratory
therapists to develop and implement effective care plans, protocols, and disease management
The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care is committed to preparing students who
are accountable and knowledgeable members of the Respiratory Care profession in an
enhanced learning community and who partner with other health care professionals in
planning and delivering high quality health care. The focus of program faculty and
respiratory care students is to meet the future health care needs in southwest and
central Louisiana. Our faculty is dedicated in preparing graduates to enter the workforce
as registry-eligible therapists with the ability to be productive health care professionals
in a culturally diverse society by contributing to their profession and dedicating
themselves to life-long learning.
Degree: Associate of Science in Respiratory Care
Accreditation: Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
Links to Information
- American Association for Respiratory Care
- Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care
- CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data
- Clinical Affiliates
- Lafayette General Medical Center; Lafayette, Louisiana
- Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center; Lafayette, Louisiana
- Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital; Alexandria, Louisiana
- University Hospitals and Clinics of Lafayette; Lafayette, Louisiana
- Our Lady of Lourdes Women and Children's Hospital of Lafayette; Lafayette, Louisiana
- Louisiana Extended Care Hospital of Lafayette; Lafayette, Louisiana
- Lake Charles Memorial Hospital; Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women; Lake Charles, Louisiana
- American Legion Hospital; Jennings, Louisiana
- Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital of Lafayette; Lafayette, Louisiana
- Christus Ochsner Lake Area Hospital; Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Christus Ochsner St. Patrick's Hospital; Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Rapides Regional Medical Center; Alexandria, Louisiana
- Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Opelousas General Health System; Opelousas, Louisiana
- LSU Eunice Financial Aid
- Cost of Attendance
- Scholarship Opportunities:
- Edward Calloway Incentive Award
- Loretta Tate Simon Memorial Scholarship
- Pink Ladies Auxiliary Award
- Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship
Top Reasons You Should Come to Our Program
- Faculty are leaders in the respiratory therapy profession and currently work in the
field to retain all necessary skills as registered respiratory therapists.
- Hospitals actively recruit our graduates for employment and are well satisfied with
their knowledge base, clinical skills, and adaptability.
- 98% of graduates from the past 17 years passed the national board examination on the
- Since the inception of the new Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Examination in year
2015, all 81 graduates passed the TMC (100%). 79 of the 81 graduates passed this
examination on the first attempt (98%) and 79 graduates passed at the higher-cut-score
(98%). To date (class of 2020), the national pass rate at the higher-cut-score is
- Student to Faculty Ratio: 4 to 1
- Employment Rate (2002-2020): 100%
- Outstanding clinical experiences in all aspects of respiratory care - neonatal, pediatric,
and adult care.
- Students prepare for clinical experiences in a large, well-supplied learning laboratory.
- Students are certified in all specialty courses upon graduation (Advanced Cardiac
Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program).
- Solid support for the program from the professional community in the Tri-Parish area.
- Financial aid available for eligible students.