Cardiopulmonary Care Science (Respiratory therapy)


We are so glad you're here! Fletcher's Associate of Science Cardiopulmonary Care Science degree can be obtained in as little as two years.  The Cardiopulmonary Care Science program admits a new cohort of students into the clinical component of the  program once a year in the summer.


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.
The Cardiopulmonary Care Science program 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.
The Cardiopulmonary Care Science program at Fletcher Technical Community College is a six semester, 72 credit hour program. It consists of two semesters of pre-requisite coursework and four semesters of clinical. The prerequisite courses are offered face-to-face days, evenings, days, or online. Graduates who receive this Associate of Science degree will be eligible to receive their credential through the National Board for Respiratory Care.
The program curriculum and course descriptions can be found in the college catalog.
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Specific clinical application and admission requirements can be found in the Admission Guide. Students must review the Admission Guide, found below in LINKS, prior to applying to the clinical component of the program. Here are a few important things to note regarding applying to the clinical component of the Cardiopulmonary Care Science program:

  • The following 31 hours of Fletcher Technical Community College’s Cardiopulmonary Care Science Curriculum must be completed by the end of the spring semester.

BIOL 1140, 1150, 1160, 1170, (8 credit hours); ENGL 1010, 1020 (6 credit hours); MATH 1214/1213 OR MATH 1104/1103 (6 credit hours); PHSC 1000 (3 credit hours); CHEM 1010 (3 credit hours); CPCS 1010 (2 credit hours); PSYC 2010 (3 credit hours).

  • Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.50 GPA in those courses and 2.0 overall GPA. For more information regarding GPA requirements, see program Admission Guide.
  • All courses in the Cardiopulmonary Care Science curriculum must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”
  • Minimum composite score of 80% on the HESI (Health Education System, Inc.) Admissions Assessment Test (A2). Required components are: Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry, Reading, Math, Grammar and Vocabulary.
  • Admission into the Cardiopulmonary Care Science program is based on GPA and HESI scores. Seating is limited to 17 students. A student’s eligibility to apply is not a guarantee of acceptance into the clinical component of the Cardiopulmonary Care Science Program.
  • Federal Grants
  • Student Loans
  • TOPS 
  • MJ Foster Promise Program
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission


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 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) website include:

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

CoARC Program Outcomes Website: 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. Fletcher’s CoARC number is 200410.





Alisha Aucoin
Program Director/Assistant Professor
Phone: 985-448-5942
Thibodaux Facility
Lauren Sanders
Enrollment Specialist
Office:100D Main Campus