Cardiopulmonary Science

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 57 hours of pre-requisite courses that can be taken at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university with an additional 63 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 Registered Respiratory Therapy credentialing exam. 

About the Respiratory Therapy Profession

What does a Respiratory Therapist do?

Respiratory Therapists are an integral part of the healthcare team and a valued member in all patient populations. Respiratory Therapists are responsible for the delivery of oxygen therapy, medicated breathing treatments, and bronchial hygiene and the institution and monitoring of mechanical ventilation. These procedures are provided for a variety of patient populations from premature infants to the geriatric patient populations.

Career Settings & Opportunities

Respiratory therapists work in acute care hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, physician offices, and in the home health setting. The therapist will work in general floor care areas, emergency room, and in the intensive care units for adult, pediatric and, neonatal populations. Therapists also have the opportunity to work in managerial, educational, or equipment sales positions. With the cardiac courses and clinical rotations offered in the LSU Health Shreveport Cardiopulmonary Science Program, some graduates have pursued employment in echocardiography. Graduates of the program are also potential candidates for graduate education courses in masters and doctoral programs.

Job Outlook

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Quick Facts: Respiratory Therapists

2018 Median Pay
$60,280 per year 
$28.98 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2016
Job Outlook, 2016-26
23% (Much faster than average)


The links below may be useful in providing more information about a career in Respiratory Care:

American Association of Respiratory Care
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Cardiovascular Credentialing International
Louisiana Society of Respiratory Care
Occupational Outlook Handbook
National Board for Respiratory Care

Get AHEAD this Summer!

The Allied Health Education and Discovery (AHEAD) program is a free, 5-day camp that will be held in June 2020 for Louisiana high school students interested in exploring the health career programs offered at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health Professions.

Program at a Glance

Degree: Bachelor's
Accreditation: CoARC
Program length: 2 years
Application Deadline: Jan 15
Start term: Summer
Application: AHCAS

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




Cardiopulmonary Science