2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health
Office Location: Building B, Room 148
Phone: 318-678- 6110
The mission of the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health is to provide quality educational opportunities in science, nursing, and allied health through excellent classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction, and to provide service to the citizens of Northwest Louisiana.
The Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health offers 22 programs: 10 associate degrees, 4 certificates of technical studies, 4 technical diplomas, and 4 career and technical certficates.
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic
The Bossier Parish Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, Phone 727-210-2350) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP).
Associate of Science in Nursing
The Bossier Parish Community College Nursing Associate of Science Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000 and has Full Approval from the Louisiana State Board of Nursing, 17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, (225) 755-7500.
Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Bossier Parish Community College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org.
Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician and Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician
The BPCC Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
The Bossier Parish Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email firstname.lastname@example.org; website www.capteonline.org
Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy
The Bossier Parish Community College Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC); 264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN, 37690, Phone: 817-283-2835, https://www.coarc.com.
Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy
The Bossier Parish Community College Phlebotomy Program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 773-714-8880. www.naacls.org
Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology
The BPCC Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. phone; 727-210-2350, fax: 727-210-2354, email@example.com, after recommendation by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA).6 W. Dry Creek Circle, Suite #110, Littleton, CO 80120, Phone: 303-694-9262, fax: 303-741-3655.
Technical Diploma in Medical Assistant
The Bossier Parish Community College Medical Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, Phone: 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org.
General Program with a Clinical Component Training Information
Clinical classes are those taught in off-campus locations including hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, and EMS services. The Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health programs listed below include a clinical component or clinical classes.
- Medical Assistant
- Medical Office Specialist
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Practical Nursing
- Respiratory Therapy
- Surgical Technology
Admission/Selection to Programs with Clinical Components
Students may be admitted to the College based on the ability to benefit test; however, specific program accrediting and regulatory agencies may consider students without a Louisiana High School Equivalency or High School Diploma ineligible to apply for licensure or certification.
Admission to the clinical program component is restricted to students who have completed all qualification courses with a C or higher, minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 (2.500 for PTA and RSTH), submit a completed program application packet by the published deadline, and meet all other specific program requirements. (See program specific requirements in each degree section for additional information). Additionally, BPCC must have received official copies of all transcripts from all colleges attended, prior to being considered for admission to a clinical program.
Admission to a program with a clinical program component is competitive and dependent upon availability of clinical sites, local employment statistics, and established faculty to student ratios. The Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health strives to administer the selection process fairly and consistently.
Bossier Parish Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, qualified disability, marital status, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. Bossier Parish Community College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.
All programs with a clinical component have established “Essential Requirements,” which identify occupational specific technical standards required of students in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to review the Essential Requirements for the program prior to application. The request for any necessary accommodations must be submitted with the program application. A copy of these essential requirements is included in the application packet, is available from the program director, and on the BPCC website.
Students are strongly encouraged to routinely meet with the program faculty or program director specific to the program in which the student is enrolled. The program faculty provides valuable information regarding the appropriate sequencing of qualification courses, program application process, and program deadlines.
Required Information for Programs with a Clinical Component
Depending on the program and the assigned clinical sites, the student may be required to submit the following upon selection into the clinical component:
- Program Specific Health Status Statement (physical exam) from a physician
- Documentation for laboratory testing or immunization against Measles, Rubella, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, Varicella zoster, Influenza and any other testing or immunization required by the clinical facility or physician prior to beginning and during clinical training. (May include, but not limited to Varicella zoster titer, Rubella titer, Rubeola titer, and Hepatitis B titer.)
- Documented current health insurance coverage (maintained throughout clinical training).
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification for Health Care Providers (maintained throughout clinical training)
- Current HIPAA and OSHA training certificate
- Signed consent/release for background check (general and criminal)
- Signed consent/release for drug/alcohol testing
- Signed consents/releases for clinical site processing
- Other information that may be required by a specific clinical affiliate.
- Clinical experiences are provided in affiliated hospitals, healthcare facilities, research facilities, fire departments, pharmacies, and physicians’ offices. Students are expected to abide by the facility policies in addition to program and School policies.
- Each student will be responsible for transportation to and from the assigned clinical site.
- The student will be responsible for securing the uniforms and other personal equipment (such as stethoscope, medical scissors, clipboard, etc.) as designated by each program.
- The student will be responsible for funding and obtaining the required clinical requirements (such as immunizations, laboratory work, American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification for Healthcare Providers, physical, and health insurance) by the program specified deadlines.
- The student will be responsible for providing their own meals.
- The student will be responsible for quality of care they give commensurate with type and level in educational program.
- Once admitted to a clinical program, a student must earn a “C” or higher on each course pursued in order to continue in the program. A student who earns below a “C” will be terminated from the program. If a student is terminated, the student may re-apply for the next class. If re-accepted, it will be at the discretion of the program director as to which course(s) must be remediated, audited, or repeated.
Program Specific Fees
A clinical fee is charged in addition to regular tuition for each program with a clinical component. This fee is required each semester that a student is scheduled in program classes. Additional fees, which provide for required certification, licensure exams, or required supplies, may be associated with some programs. The fees are listed on the BPCC web site.
Code of Conduct for Programs with a Clinical Component
It is the responsibility of each student to become familiar with the rules and regulations outlined in the Code of Conduct of Bossier Parish Community College. In addition, each student selected for a program with a clinical component will be responsible for reading and abiding by the academic and conduct policies established by the program and those of the clinical affiliation site(s) to which he/she is assigned. All program students must adhere to the substance abuse policies of the College, program, and clinical affiliates. Programs require drug/alcohol screens and criminal background checks for participation. Further details may be found in the BPCC Student Handbook and the Program Clinical Handbook, which is issued to the program students at the beginning of the first clinical semester. Violations of academic or conduct policies of the College, program, or clinical affiliate can result in immediate dismissal from the program.
Prior to or upon acceptance into a program with a clinical component, each student will be required to sign an Authority to Release Drug and/or Alcohol Testing Records release form and may be assessed a non-refundable drug screen fee. Drug testing can be performed randomly, selectively or as a group. Refusal of the student to submit to a drug test or a positive drug screen indicating alcohol or drug use will result in the student’s disqualification from admittance to the program or immediate dismissal from the program.
A student who has been dismissed from a program for a positive drug screen indicating alcohol or drug use may reapply to the program from which he/she was dismissed or to another clinical program after a period of one year with the understanding that the positive drug screen will remain on his/her record. Should a student have another positive drug screen, the student will be dismissed from the program immediately and shall not be permitted to apply to any Bossier Parish Community College allied health or nursing program. Any and all findings will be released to individuals involved in the clinical placement of students and to any accrediting and/or regulatory agency, as required by law or program accreditation.
General and Criminal Background Check
Upon acceptance into a program with a clinical component, each student will be required to sign a Consent/Release for a background check. This screening process is to ensure the student is not included on the OIG List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, GSA List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement and Non-Procurement Programs, clear of a criminal history, and that the student meets all clinical training site or regulatory agency requirements. Additional types of background checks may be performed per the request of the clinical affiliate, such as National Registry of Sex Offenders and US Department of Treasury - Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN List). Due to the inability of a program to place a student with findings from these searches, the student may be immediately dismissed from the program.
Although positive findings may not immediately interfere with the student’s standing in the clinical program, the findings will be released to the clinical affiliate and to any accrediting agency and/or regulatory agency as required by law. It is the clinical affiliate’s decision to permit a student to perform a clinical rotation in their facility.
Should a student be unable to complete all required rotations or assignments due to refusal of a clinical affiliate to accept the student, or failure of accrediting and/or regulatory agency to approve the student; the student may be unable to complete the clinical course and may ultimately be unable to complete the clinical program.
Individual clinical facilities or program specific regulatory agencies may require additional background checks that will require the student to submit fingerprints and consent to the additional background checks. Due to the inability of a program to place a student with findings from these searches, the student may be immediately dismissed from the program.
Programs with a clinical component also abide by regulations set forth by accreditation agencies, state and federal regulatory boards/agencies, and state and federal law. Program specific management of background check results may vary due to these external requirements. Program specific management is outlined in the Program Clinical Handbook.
Carolyn Burroughs, Professor
Ty Bryan, Assistant Dean
Laura Bryant, Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Dr. Elaine Cox
Kim Cox, Clinical Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Roishene Johnson, Curriculum Coordinator, General Science Program
Charles Reed, Academic Coordinator, Respiratory Therapy
Al Smith, Program Director, Surgical Technology Program
Dr. Tim Gilmore, Program Director, Respiratory Therapy Program
Kelly Brandon, Program Director, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program
Dr. Addie Hinze
Assistant Master Instructor
Jeffery Anderson, Program Director, Paramedic Program
Jennifer Anderson, Director of Clinical Education, Respiratory Therapy Program
Courtney Giddens, Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy Technician Program
Wendy McGee, Coordinator, ECG Program
Marmeshonda Miles, Program Director, Medical Office Specialist Program
Erica Mullins, Program Director, Medical Assistant Program
Allison Nutt, Clinical Coordinator, Paramedic Program
Garey Trisler, Satellite Site Instructor, Respiratory Therapy Program
Carolyn Skerlong, Program Director, Pharmacy Technician Program
Cynthia Adams, Administrative Coordinator III
Beau Bevan, Program Director, Fire Science
Robyne Champagne-Rossi, Program Director, Practical Nursing
Lisa LeGrand, Student Success Coordinator
Karen McCart, Laboratory Coordinator
Shunta Spearman, Program Coordinator
Tonia Sharp, Administrative Coordinator III
Linda Stark, Administrative Coordinator IV
Sharon Turley, Nursing Program Administrator
ProgramsAssociate of Applied ScienceAssociate of ScienceAssociate of Science Louisiana TransferCertificate of Technical StudiesTechnical DiplomaCareer and Technical Certificate