Respiratory Care
Respiratory Care


Respiratory Therapy is the health care discipline that specializes in the promotion of optimum cardiopulmonary function and health. Respiratory therapists apply scientific principles to prevent, identify, and treat acute or chronic dysfunction of the cardiopulmonary system. As a health care profession, Respiratory therapy is practiced under medical direction. Critical thinking, patient/environment assessment skills, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines enable respiratory therapists to develop and implement effective care plans, protocols, and disease management programs.

The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care is committed to preparing students who are accountable and knowledgeable members of the Respiratory Care profession in an enhanced learning community and who partner with other health care professionals in planning and delivering high quality health care. The focus of program faculty and respiratory care students is to meet the future health care needs in southwest and central Louisiana. Our faculty is dedicated in preparing graduates to enter the workforce as registry-eligible therapists with the ability to be productive health care professionals in a culturally diverse society by contributing to their profession and dedicating themselves to life-long learning.

About the Associate of Science in Respiratory Care

  1. Faculty are leaders in the respiratory therapy profession and currently work in the field or attend professional conferences to retain all necessary skills as registered respiratory therapists.
  2. Hospitals actively recruit our graduates for employment and are well satisfied with their knowledge base, clinical skills, and adaptability.
  3. --Since the inception of the new Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Examination in year 2015, all 101 graduates passed the TMC (100%). 98 of the 101 graduates passed this examination on the first attempt and at the higher-cut-score (97.8%). To date (class of 2022), the national pass rate at the higher-cut-score is only 56%.
  4. Student to Faculty Ratio: 4 to 1
  5. Employment Rate (2002-2022): 100%
  6. Outstanding clinical experiences in all aspects of respiratory care - neonatal, pediatric, and adult care.
  7. Students prepare for clinical experiences in a large, well-supplied learning laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment.
  8. Students are certified in all specialty courses upon graduation (Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Neonatal Resuscitation Program).
  9. Solid support for the program from the professional community in the Tri-Parish area.
  10. Financial aid and scholarships are available for eligible students.


Degree Requirements


Contact Us

Kathleen Warner

Kathleen Warner, M.Ed., RRT,

Assistant Professor and Director for Respiratory Care

Office: 337.550.1341

David Asbury


Assistant Professor for Respiratory Care

Office: 337.550.1361

Michael Wyble

Michael Wyble, B.S., RRT

Director of Clinical Education

Office: 337.550.1338


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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees at LSUE

Cost of Attendance

Financial Aid


Respiratory Care Scholarship Opportunities:

-Edward Calloway Incentive Award

-Loretta Tate Simon Memorial Scholarship

-Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship



Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( CoARC Program Number 200570

Current Accreditation Status: Continuing Accreditation

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States.  To achieve this end, it utilizes an 'outcomes based' process.  Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data


Mission, Visions, and Goals

Student Handbook

National Board for Respiratory Care Pass Rate

Requirements for Admission and Degree Requirements

CoARC Standards and Guidelines

Technical Performance Standards

Licensing and Professional Societies

American Association for Respiratory Care

Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The National Board for Respiratory Care