Cardiopulmonary instructor teaching

Cardiopulmonary Care Science


To prepare students to be productive, responsible, and engaged members of the workforce to meet the needs of healthcare needs of Louisiana and beyond. The program of study encourages and challenges students to develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills to improve their marketability and job security. First and foremost, however, the program fosters these skills to improve patient care. The program is dedicated to continuous quality improvement through systematic assessment of program outcomes.

Emphasis is placed on producing graduates to function as professionals in various venues wherein the practice of respiratory therapy occurs. The program strives to broaden the scope of practice by teaching students certain components of cardiovascular technology.

Program Overview

Cardiopulmonary Care Science prepares individuals to treat patients ranging from premature infants to the elderly with acute and chronic cardiopulmonary illnesses.  Graduates of the program work with patients on mechanical ventilation to maintain life support such as oxygenation, ventilation and airway management.  They treat patients with pulmonary disease who have under-developed lungs and patients with chronic lung disease.  They play a vital role in many areas of health care. CIP 510908

Program Outcomes

Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3-year time period being reported
  • CRT credentialing success
  • RRT credentialing success
  • Attrition
  • Job placement
  • Overall graduate satisfaction
  • Overall employer satisfaction
  • On-time graduation rate
  • Total number of program enrollees
  • Total number of program graduates
  • Maximum annual enrollment.

Salary & Career Outlook