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The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy is to provide students with the opportunity to develop as professionals who are qualified to perform as 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.

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Admissions Requirements

Meet all University minimum admission criteria at the time of application;

Minimum 2.0 GPA on all coursework; 2.5 GPA on all pre-requisite coursework; and

Completion of or enrollment in the pre-requisite course work in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum with a grade of “C" or better in all pre-requisite courses at the time of application to the clinical program

*Priority is given to applicants who have completed the Arts and Science pre-requisite course at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Admission Process
Students who choose to pursue admission to the Respiratory Therapy program must

  1. complete all prerequisites by the end of the fall semester preceding the clinical phase;
  2. earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all university coursework attempted;
  3. earn a minimum of ‘C” or better (GPA of 2.5) in prerequisite courses (semester 1-4);
  4. submit a complete application to the Respiratory Therapy program by March 15th;
  5. meet with an advisor who is a member of the Respiratory Therapy faculty.

A student who meets selection criteria is not guaranteed admission to the clinical phase of the Respiratory Therapy program. Selection is competitive and is limited due to faculty and clinical resources available. Qualification does not assure selection. Students will be notified by letter. Applicants who are not selected must re-apply the following year.

Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA on all College coursework; 2.5 GPA on all pre-requisite coursework
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses (semesters 1-4) in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum with a grade of “C" or better

The WIHP Option (Walk into Health Professions)
Students who exclusively take all prerequisite courses toward one of the health professions’ programs at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, who have a grade point average of 3.0 on all prerequisite coursework, and who meet the minimum admissions requirements are guaranteed admission to the declared program. Please contact the Program Director for more information.

Graduation Requirements

Completion of 125 semester hours in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum with a minimum 2.0 GPA, and a “C" or better in all courses in the curriculum;

Fulfillment of the residency requirement of the University, including completion of one service learning project; and

Clearance of all indebtedness to the University, including return of all materials borrowed from the University library.

Humanities electives (9 hours) may be taken from ART, MUSI, ENGL, HIST, RELS, PHIL, or SPAN courses.

The purpose of the Bachelor 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.

Enrollment

Students who are interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy must complete 56 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 March 15th.

Length of Program

The program is designed so students can complete all of the prerequisites and the professional courses within four years. Prerequisite courses constitute 56 credit hours and the professional portion of the curriculum constitutes 69 credit hours, for a total of 125 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.

Application Procedures

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.

Tuition

See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee Schedule.

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 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.

Transferability

Credit earned at a regionally accredited college or university is transferable provided the course is equivalent in content to the course offered at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.  Credit for university level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or AP examination.

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, 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 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University. The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244. You may visit the CoARC Website by clicking this link: http://www.coarc.com

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