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Respiratory Therapy Technology

The Respiratory Therapy Program is designed so students can complete the professional courses within 2-year period. Professional courses will focus on preparing students to provide respiratory care services in general, critical care, and long-term care.

Program Accreditation and Practitioner Certification:

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited through:

Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the entry-level examination and upon successful completion of the entry-level exam are eligible to take the advanced level examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care Inc. Successful completion of the entry level exam will award the student with the CRT (Certified Respiratory Therapist) credential which is required before permanent state licensure can be issued.

Admission Requirements

The Respiratory Therapy program utilizes a competitive admission process to select students. Prospective students may obtain applications during the spring semester. The Respiratory Therapy Program admits students once per year at the beginning of the fall semester. Students wishing to apply for admission to the Respiratory Therapist program must:

  • Meet the general admissions criteria of the University;
  • Successfully complete at least twelve (12) semester hours of coursework at Southern University at Shreveport;
  • Complete an application for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program;
  • Complete the Respiratory Therapy program orientation
  • Complete the HESI Program Admission Exam ( cost $30.00)
  • Submit official transcript from all colleges/universities attended
  • Complete an interview with the Program‟s interview committee
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 in the prerequisite courses and an overall 2.5 grade point average;
  • Successful completion (“C” average or better) of the  prerequisite courses

Program Progression

In order for a student to progress and remain in good academic standing, the student must:

  • Maintain continuous enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum sequence
  • Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all professional courses
  • Maintain current certification in CPR for health professionals
  • Successfully complete the Student Assessment Examination at the end of the first year course work. Students with less than successful completion will remediated and allowed one (1) retake.

Graduation Requirements:

The Associate Degree of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy may be conferred upon students when the following conditions are met:

  • Successful completion of all required courses
  • Achievement of an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all Respiratory Therapy courses
  • Sat for National Certification Examination
  • Clearance of all indebtedness to the University

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes for Respiratory Therapy can be found on the CoARC website.

Please see your advisor or University Catalog for more information

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