The purpose of the Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy is to prepare students to function as competent Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Registry Examinations for Advanced Level Respiratory Therapists administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for a license to practice Respiratory Therapy in the state of Louisiana. Registered Respiratory Therapists may find employment opportunities in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians’ offices, home health agencies, and medical equipment supply companies. The Respiratory Therapy program at Our Lady of the Lake College is a consortium program with the LSU Health Sciences Center’s Department of Cardiopulmonary Science (LSUHSC). Program faculty is provided by LSUHSC.
Students who are interested in pursuing the Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy must complete 33 hours of prerequisite courses in the humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and microbiology. Students may enroll in these prerequisite courses during any semester. Enrollment in the Respiratory Therapy program is selective. A maximum of 20 students will be selected each year into the clinical phase (second year) of the program. The deadline for applying for the January class is September 15th.
The program is designed so students can complete all of the prerequisites and the professional courses within a two and a half year period. Prerequisite courses constitute 33 credit hours and the professional portion of the curriculum constitutes 50 credit hours, for a total of 83 credit hours. The first year of the curriculum is composed of lecture and lab educational experiences; the clinical courses (second year) consist of lecture, laboratory courses and clinical experiences at various clinical sites in the metropolitan Baton Rouge area. Professional courses will focus on preparing students to provide respiratory care services in general and critical care, as well as in the long-term environment.
Contact the Office of Admissions at 225-768-1700 for information on applying to the Program and to pick up a Request for Clinical Application Form. It is required that this completed form be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to your receipt of an application packet. A complete list of required courses is available on the Program Admission Requirements page for Respiratory Therapy.
See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee Schedule.
Our Lady of the Lake College has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form this may be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. See Financial Aid for more details.
See Transfer Equivalencies regarding transferability of courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Further information regarding transfer of credit can be obtained at the Office of Admissions. Credit for college level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or ACT examination.
Our Lady of the Lake College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Our Lady of the Lake College. The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Hardwood Road, Bedford, TX. 76021-4244. Phone: 817-283-2835. www.coarc.com