Admissions Criteria

Application: Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS)
AHCAS 2020-2021 Application Opens: September 10, 2020
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021
Classes begin: May 24, 2021

The LSU Health Shreveport BS Cardiopulmonary Science Program accepts applications for admission via the Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS). Applicants should send all application materials directly to AHCAS. Applicants should NOT send any application documents directly to the Program or LSU Health Shreveport.

The following are minimum admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science Program:

1. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) - REQUIRED STARTING WITH THE 2021-2022 AHCAS APPLICATION CYCLE

2. Minimum 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for all required pre-requisite courses

3. Prerequisite courses earned from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class. It is recommended that all prerequisite courses be completed within 10 years of the year of program application. 

  • English Composition, 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics, 6 credit hours (College Algebra required; Trigonometry recommended)
  • Medical Terminology, 3 credit hours - REQUIRED STARTING WITH THE 2021-2022 AHCAS APPLICATION CYCLE
  • General Biology / Lab, 4 credit hours
  • General Chemistry / Lab, 4 credit hours
  • General Physics / Lab, (> 200 level recommended) 4 credit hours
  • Microbiology / Lab, 4 credit hours
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I / Lab, 4 credit hours
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II / Lab, 4 credit hours
  • Science Elective, 3 credit hours*
  • Fine Arts Requirement, 3 credit hours**
  • Humanities, 9 credit hours***
  • Social/Behavioral Science, 6 credit hours****

*Six hours will be earned in a single Life Science (e.g. Biology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology) or Physical Science (e.g. Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Astronomy/Meteorology).
**Fine Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Applied Arts, Theatre, Dance, Interdisciplinary
***Humanities (recommended): Literature, Foreign Languages, History, Classical Studies, Communications, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Interdisciplinary
****Social/Behavioral sciences (recommended): Social: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Interdisciplinary, Political Science. Behavioral: Psychology, Sociology

4. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview with CPS Program selection committee. 

5. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations.

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


Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908

Cardiopulmonary Science
Department Office

Emily Jusselin, CPS Coordinator
(318) 813-2910


Prospective students interested in a pre-requisite course check are invited to email unofficial college transcripts to the Program Director, Tim Gilmore, PhD, RRT at


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Lindsay Michel, MPH, RRT

"What I love about respiratory therapy is that you can use the span of your knowledge in just a few shifts at the hospital. You can be in the ER helping an 85 year old COPD patient breathe and the next day you are in the neonatal ICU helping a 28 week old neonate breathe for the first time because their lungs are undeveloped."

Hear more from our Faculty on the benefits of a career in Cardiopulmonary Science.