Respiratory Therapy

Mission

The Respiratory Therapy (RT) Clinical Program at Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) is a cooperative effort between LDCC, Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Professions, and area clinical affiliates to prepare the graduate as a competent Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Program Description

The RT Clinical Program is employed with medical direction in the treatment, management, diagnostic evaluation, and care of patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. This program culminates in the Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy with eligibility to gain credentials as an RRT and procure a license to practice. Further information related to this exciting career may be found at: www.bpcc.edu/respiratorytherapy

LDCC students interested in becoming a Respiratory Therapist must apply for admission to LDCC and meet all the associated requirements.

Upon successful completion of the 33 hours of general education courses, students must apply for admission to the RT Clinical Program through BPCC as outlined at: www.bpcc.edu/respiratorytherapy. The RT application deadline is April 15 of each year.

Upon completion of all requirements for the RT Clinical Program, students will receive their diploma from Bossier Parish Community College. BPCC accepts a maximum of 7 students each year into the RT satellite-site, LDCC program. The RT Clinical Program courses are taught by LSU Health Sciences faculty via compressed video on the LDCC campus in West Monroe. As part of this partnership, BPCC provides an instructor, on site, who additionally facilitates the clinical experiences at local medical facilities.

The professional program is four (4) semesters in length beginning in Summer and ending the following Summer. Upon successful completion of the BPCC RT Clinical program, students are rendered eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Therapist Multiple Choice and Clinical Simulations exams for credentialing as an RRT and are able to pursue State licensure to practice in respiratory care. For additional information regarding this program please contact your advisor or the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Math at LA DCC.

Contact for the RT Clinical Program at LDCC:
Allison Williamson, MA, RRT, RPFT
BPCC RT Satellite-Site Instructor at LA DCC
aearl@lsuhsc.edu





Degree Requirements

LDCC students are able to complete 33 hours of general education courses at Delta as outlined below: 

English 101

3 credit hours

English 102

3 credit hours

HSCI 110 (Medical Terminology)

3 credit hours

PSYC Elective

3 credit hours

MATH 110 (College Algebra)

3 credit hours

BIOL 221/223 (A&P I)

4 credit hours

BIOL 222/224 (A&P II)

4 credit hours

BIOL 210/211 (Microbiology)

4 credit hours

CHEM 101 (General)

3 credit hours

Humanities Elective

3 credit hours



These courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C” in each course. Additionally, each student must exhibit an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 and a minimum of 2.500 in required qualification courses that must be completed by the end of the spring semester in the application year.