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Division of Science and
Allied Health

Division of Science and Allied Health


Carolyn Burroughs, Associate Professor


Professor: Dr. Elaine Cox
Associate Professors: Bob Boykin
Ty Bryan
Laura Bryant (Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program)
Kelley Corkern
Kim Cox (Clinical Coordinator, Physical Therapist Assistant Program)
Rick Jones
Dr. Vernon Leggett
Charles Reed (Academic Coordinator, Respiratory Therapy)
Al Smith (Program Director, Surgical Technology Program)
Pam Tully (Program Director, Phlebotomy Program)
Constance Winter (Program Director, Medical Assistant Program)
Assistant Professors: Judith Coston
Cammie Emory
Kenneth Franks
Danny Hoston
Roishene Johnson
Sandra Vickers
Instructors: Jeffery Anderson
Tara Breeland
Tom Carson
Barbara Custer (Program Director, OT)
Michelle Dillon
Paulette Holt
Wendy McGee (Coordinator, EKG Program)
Kerry McNamara
Terri Mundy (Program Director, Pharmacy Technician Program)
Dr. Stephenie Nix-Alexander
Dr. Paula Rhoades (Program Director, Dietary Management Program)
Charlotte Ware (Program Director, Medical Office Specialist Program)
Juanita Wheeler (Program Coordinator, EMT Paramedic Program)

Division of Science and Allied Health Degrees, Certificates of Technical Studies, Technical Diplomas, Technical Competency Areas:

The Division of Science and Allied Health offers 18 programs: 6 associate degrees, 3 certificates of technical studies, 2 technical diplomas, and 7 technical competency areas.

Associate degrees: General Science - Allied Health
General Science - Natural Sciences
EMT Paramedic
Medical Assistant
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Therapist Assistant
Respiratory Therapy
Certificate of Technical Studies: Pharmacy Technician
Respiratory Therapy
Technical Diploma: Medical Office Specialist (Coding/Transcription)
Surgical Technology
Technical Competency Areas: Biotechnology
Dietary Management
EKG/Telemetry Technician
EMT Basic
Laboratory Assistant
Medical Unit Coordinator
Pharmacy Technician

Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Science and Allied Health is to provide quality educational opportunities in science and allied health through excellent classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction, and to provide service to the citizens of Northwest Louisiana.

Accredited Programs:

Associate of Applied Science in EMT Paramedic
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoA-EMSP)/Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assistant
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of The American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350.

Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician, Certificate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician, and Technical Competency Area in Pharmacy Technician
American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)
Louisiana Board of Pharmacy

Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy, Certificate of Technical Studies in Respiratory Therapy
Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC)/Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Certificate of Technical Studies in Phlebotomy
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631-3415; (773) 714-8880; www.naacls.org.Will open new browser window or tab

Technical Diploma in Surgical Technology
Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST)/Commission for Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Technical Competency Area in Dietary Management
Certifying Board for Dietary Managers

General Clinical Training Information

The following programs offered by the Division of Science and Allied Health include a clinical component or clinical classes:

Admission/Selection to Clinical Programs

Admission to the clinical 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).

Admission to the clinical classes is competitive and dependent upon availability of clinical sites, local employment statistics, and established faculty to student ratios. The Division of Science 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 clinical programs 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 clinical program prior to application. The request for any necessary accommodations must be submitted with the clinical application. This document will be released to the clinical sites at the time of placement and student should be aware that some clinical affiliates may deny placement to students who are not able to meet these requirements. A copy of these essential requirements is included in the application packet, is available from the program director, and on the BPCC website.

Required information for Clinical Programs

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 mumps, measles, rubella, tuberculosis, tetanus, Hepatitis B, varicella zoster, rubella, 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, 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 HIPPA and OSHA training certificate
  • Signed consent/release for background check (general and criminal)
  • Signed consent/release for drug testing
  • Disclosure of prescription medications and signed release from prescribing physician for participation in clinical training.

Clinical Experience

  • Clinical experiences are provided in affiliated hospitals, health care facilities, fire departments, and physicians’ offices.
  • 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, Basic Life Support Certification, and physical) by the program specified deadlines.
  • Once admitted to a 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.

Clinical Fee

A clinical fee is charged in addition to regular tuition for each clinical program. This fee is required each semester that a student is scheduled in clinical classes. The fees are listed in the BPCC Academic Bulletin.

Clinical Code of Conduct

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 the clinical program will be responsible for reading and abiding by the academic and conduct policies established by the program and those of the clinical affiliation sites to which he/she is assigned. All clinical students must adhere to the substance abuse policies of the College, program, and clinical affiliates. Programs require drug screens and criminal background checks for participation. Further details may be found in the BPCC Student Handbook, BPCC Catalog, and the Clinical Policies Handbook, which is issued to the clinical class of 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.

Drug Screening

Upon acceptance into a clinical program, each student will be required to sign an Authority to Release Drug and/or Alcohol Testing Records release form. Drug testing can be performed randomly, selectively or as a group. Refusal of the clinical student to submit to a drug test or a positive drug screen indicating alcohol or drug use will result in the student’s 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 program.

General and Criminal Background Check

Upon acceptance into a clinical program, 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. 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.


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