Explore our Respiratory Care A.S. Transitional Degree for Certified Respiratory Therapists

If you are a certified respiratory therapist, you can earn academic credit for your experience and education in our transitional Associate in Science degree. Our program gives you the technical skills and general education background you need to succeed in this field. We have an excellent reputation in the community and produce highly qualified graduates.

CRTs with an active license and verifiable clinical experience can receive up to 26 hours of credit toward the Respiratory Care A.S. degree. Credit can be awarded through:

  • An articulation agreement: If the applicant for transfer, or advanced placement credit, was awarded their CRT certificate from a program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care that has a valid articulation agreement with St. Petersburg College, the applicant can apply to have up to 26 credits articulated. Applicant should be advised that the State of Florida may limit the time under which application can be made for advanced placement.
  • Experiential Learning Program (ELP): The applicant can apply for an evaluation by a member of the program faculty of their clinical and professional resume and apply for up to 26 hours in ELP credits using the process outlined in the College Handbook. This process involves an evaluation of the current clinical status of the applicant. Applicant should be aware that there is a fee for this assessment.

Licensure

  • St. Petersburg College's Respiratory Care A.S. Degree prepares you for the advanced practitioners' exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist through the National Board for Respiratory Care 

Program Features

  • Prepares you for the advanced practitioners' exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist through the National Board for Respiratory Care 
  • Provides lecture and hands-on clinical classes as part of your learning experience
  • Takes two years to complete
  • Transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration in Respiratory Care 
  • The St. Petersburg College Respiratory Care program, CoARC program ID number 200145, AS degree, Health Education Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford Texas 76021-4244 (817)283-2835.  

Continuing Your Education

Our Respiratory Care A.S. Degree transfers to the first and only online bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration with a concentration in Respiratory Care in Florida for current Registered Respiratory Therapists.

Careers

Once you have earned your Respiratory Care A.S. Degree and pass the advanced practitioners' exam through the National Board for Respiratory Care, you become a registered respiratory therapist.

Opportunities

  • Hospitals, including adult and neonatal intensive care
  • Emergency rooms
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation and home care
  • Diagnostic testing centers
  • Physician offices

What You Will Learn

  • Proper techniques and principles of respiratory care
  • Industry standards and safety regulations
  • Legal and ethical responsibilities

Program Goals

The St. Petersburg College Respiratory Care Program is dedicated to the philosophy and goals of the college. The program is designed to offer the student planned learning experiences and to provide knowledge, skills, and promote attitudes that will culminate in successful employment of the graduate as a respiratory therapist.

In addition, the program is designed to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Important Information

  • Essential Student Functions
  • Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.
  • SPC's Respiratory Care program has been producing highly qualified RRTs since 1971. The on-site simulation hospital on the HEC campus helps students feel comfortable practicing skills in a controlled setting.
  • Our graduates score significantly higher than the national average on exams and almost all graduates and their employers say they are very satisfied with the program.
  • Our program meets the needs of students of all ages and schedules, including working students. Recent graduates include a 20-year-old and a 65-year-old.
  • You can receive your A.S degree in Respiratory Care and become an RRT in 24 months without leaving the area.
  • Financial aid is available.
  • Our program has an excellent reputation in the community.

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. Review and compare our program outcomes for graduates through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3-year time period being reported;
  • CRT credentialing success;
  • RRT credentialing success;
  • Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam (beginning 2018);
  • Retention (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

Program Key Personnel

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care logoThe St. Petersburg College Respiratory Care program, CoARC program ID number 200145, AS degree, Health Education Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford Texas 76021-4244 (817)283-2835.

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