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The Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy provides students with the opportunity to develop as professionals who are qualified to perform as Registered Respiratory Therapists. Respiratory Therapists focus on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, management and rehabilitation of patients with breathing and/or other cardiopulmonary issues. 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.

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Respiratory Therapy at FranU

Program Specific Admission Requirements

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 Fall cohort is March 15th.

Guaranteed Admission

There are two ways in which students can qualify for guaranteed admission into the Respiratory Therapy Program:

  1. A student who enters the University as a freshman is guaranteed admission when:
    • All prerequisite courses towards the degree are taken at FranU with at least a grade point average of 3.0 on all prerequisite coursework.
    • All other minimum program admission requirements are met.
  2. A transfer student is guaranteed admission when:
    • More than 30 hours of required coursework in the program (including courses that are in progress at the time of application to the University) are transferred in with at least a grade point average of 3.2 in these courses.
    • A grade point average of at least 3.0 is maintained while completing remaining prerequisite courses at the University.
    • All other minimum admission requirements are met.

**Students transferring in less than 30 hours of coursework may be considered for guaranteed admission. Students falling in this category should call the Admission Office (225-526-1631)**

Upon entry into the clinical portion of the program, ALL students must have successfully completed all program specific admission requirements.

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

Minimum 2.0 GPA on all coursework; 2.5 GPA on all prerequisite coursework; and

Completion of or enrollment in the prerequisite course work in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum with a grade of “C" or better in all prerequisite 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

Admissions 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 prerequisite coursework
  • Completion of prerequisite courses (semesters 1-4) in the Respiratory Therapy curriculum with a grade of “C" or better

Program Mission

The Respiratory Therapy Program of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University extends the mission of the College by providing an educational environment in which individuals can develop into excellent therapists who think critically; engage in evidence-based practice; effectively function as members of the healthcare team; be expert resources to physicians and other healthcare professionals; assume leadership roles; and become compassionate healthcare providers. As a community of learners, educators and practitioners, we strive to serve as a role models and to be a healing presence within the communities we serve.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will demonstrate competencies in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Graduates of this program will demonstrate related knowledge (understanding, application, and evaluation of clinical information) in their role as advanced level respiratory therapists.
  • Graduates of this program will demonstrate technical proficiency to perform the required respiratory therapy procedures in their role as advanced level respiratory therapists.
  • Graduates of this program will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the advanced-level respiratory therapists.
  • To prepare leaders for the field of respiratory care.


How long is the Respiratory therapy program?

The respiratory therapy program is designed so students can complete all of the prerequisite and professional courses within a four-year period.

The professional (clinical portion) courses involve lecture/laboratory coursework and clinical experiences at various clinical sites in the greater Baton Rouge area. Professional courses will focus on preparing students to provide respiratory care services in general and acute care settings.

Are evening classes available?

Currently the professional (clinical) portion of the program is only available in the daytime hours, typically from 7am- 4pm.

What is the class schedule like during the clinical phase of the program at FranU?

During the professional phase of the Respiratory Therapy program students are in class, lab or clinics for approximately 30-35 hours/week.

Besides tuition what additional costs can I expect as a Respiratory therapy student?

Textbooks: $400.00/semester (approximate)

Uniforms/shoes (2 sets) $100

Watch with second hand or digital watch $25.00

Trajecys clinical report system $150.00

Stethoscope with ID label $50.00

Registration for LSRC Annual Convention: $65.00 (subject to change)

AARC Student membership $60.00 (subject to change)

Graduation fees: see university website

Post-graduation costs: see university website

NBRC TMC exam fee: new applicant $190.00

NBRC Clinical simulation exam fee new applicant $200.00

License Application Fee: $175.00 (subject to change)

Can I work in a Respiratory Therapy Department while I'm enrolled in the professional phase of the curriculum?

In Louisiana, respiratory therapists must be licensed in order to perform patient care. Jobs for students are available; however duties do not include patient care.

What is the job outlook for respiratory therapists?

The job market for credentialed respiratory therapists is promising; according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in respiratory therapy are expected to increase by 14% over the next 10 years, much faster than the national average of 5%. This employment growth can be attributed to an aging population, nationwide air quality issues and advances in medical care.
The current Baton Rouge area salary for new graduate RTs is approximately $25/hr. reports that the median annual salary for RTs in Baton Rouge is $68,468.

When can I apply for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program at FranU?

Applications for the clinical phase of the RT program are due March 15 of the year preceding the first clinical semester (fall). Applications may be submitted BEFORE all coursework is completed, Actions based upon applications so received are provisional; students so admitted (with provision) must complete all pre-professional courses by the end of the summer semester preceding the clinical year. Interested students are strongly urged to seek academic counseling from a member of the University Academic Advisors or Respiratory Therapy faculty.


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. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

The Respiratory Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 264 Precision Blvd. Telford, TN 37690. You may visit the CoARC Website by clicking this link:

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.

Our CoARC program number is 200577.

Programmatic Outcomes Data