The Cardiopulmonary Science Program at LSU Health Shreveport, fully-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, provides academic and clinical education leading to the Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science degree. The standard educational track consists of 56 hours of pre-requisite courses that can be taken at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university with an additional 64 hours (two years) of professional courses that are completed at LSU Health Shreveport. Students have many educational and clinical opportunities as they gain professional experience in the allied health specialties of respiratory care and cardiovascular technology. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Registered Respiratory Therapy credentialing exam. 

Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award Recipient - 8 Years in a Row!

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) annually presents this honor to those programs with Registered Respiratory Therapy (RRT) credentialing success of 90% or above.

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Tim Gilmore, PhD, RRT - Program Director

"Cardiopulmonary Science allowed a lot of autonomy in my career. We have a lot of graduates who go all over the United States, who become involved in things that were not carved out to just be a respiratory therapy or cardiopulmonary science type profession. They created a niche for themselves."

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Program at a Glance

Degree: Bachelor's
Accreditation: CoARC
Program length: 2 years
Start term: Summer
Application: AHCAS

Residents of AR and TX are eligible for in-state tuition rates

About the Respiratory Therapy Profession

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Cardipulmonary Science Alumni

"When I was deciding on a career field, I knew I wanted to go into healthcare. A respiratory therapist has many roles in the healthcare field and they play such an integral part. I know that the training and the clinical skills that I've gained from my time doing respiratory therapy and in the Cardiopulmonary Science Program will definitely serve me being a better physician in the future."
- Cynthia Noguera, MD

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