• Stellar Performance

    Since the Respiratory Care program began in 1971, our students have continually performed at 20 to 30 percent above the national average on the board examination for licensure.

    Proven Success

    Employment for graduates seeking placement in the field has remained at nearly 100 percent.

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    76 credit hours

Respiratory Care A.S. Degree

  • What You Will Learn

    • Proper techniques and principles of respiratory care
    • Industry standards and safety regulations
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities
  • AS iconPatients who need respiratory care often can’t breathe on their own. Respiratory care therapists are vital members of medical teams and serve as life-support specialists for a broad range of patients – from infants to the elderly. Our program has an excellent reputation in the community and produces highly qualified graduates.

  • Career

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

    Outlook

    Employment of respiratory therapists is expected to grow by 28% through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the population ages, the incidence of respiratory conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia will increase and need to be treated.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

    Opportunities

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

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

    AS to BS icon  

  • Important Information

    • SPC offers one of the oldest, most successful RT programs in the country, having produced highly qualified RRTs since 1971. The program uses the latest technology to teach students in this high-tech, high-demand field. The on-site simulation hospital on the HEC campus helps students feel comfortable practicing skills in a controlled setting.
    • Our graduates score 20-30% higher than the national average on exams and almost all graduates and their employers say they are very satisfied with the program.
    • Review and compare our program outcomes for graduates through the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.
    • 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.
    • Review the Respiratory Care program's essential student functions.
  • The Respiratory Care A.S. degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021, 817-283-2835.
  • Features

  • Respiratory Care

    RESC-AS

    (College Rule 6Hx23-4.53 and 6Hx23-4.61)

    Steve Hardt, Program Director, HEC (727) 341-3627

    Transferable to a Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

    Additional Information: Respiratory Care Program

    View the  Paramedic/EMS Transitional Program and Certified Therapists Transitional Program


    APPROVED REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH CATALOG YEAR
    20131/0475 (BEGINNING 8/19/13) OR LATER
    ~ REFER TO CURRICULUM FILES FOR PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR REQUIREMENTS ~

    Before entering the first term of the Respiratory Care “program courses,” students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the general education and/or support courses listed below including BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L with a grade of C or better. Students must also complete a minimum of four (4) hours of observation, volunteer service, or work experience in a respiratory care department. General education and support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

    GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER REQUIRED IN ALL COURSES


    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (18 credits)
    ENC 1101 - COMPOSITION I or (Honors)3
    SPC 1017INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
         or (SPC 1017H, SPC 1065, SPC 1608, or SPC 1608H)
    Mathematics - One college level course with MAC, MAP, MAS, MGF, MTG or STA prefix3
    PHI 1600STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS3
         or PHI 1602H

    SUPPORT COURSES (12 credits)
    BSC 2085HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I3
    BSC 2085LHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY I1
    BSC 2086HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II3
    BSC 2086LHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY II1
    CHM 1025INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY3
    CHM 1025LINTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LAB1

    PROGRAM COURSES
    1st TERM (8 credits)
    RET 1007RESPIRATORY PHARMACOLOGY3
    RET 1024FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE3
    RET 1874LCLINICAL PRACTICE I2
    2nd TERM (8 credits)
    RET 1264PRINCIPLES OF MECHANICAL VENTILATION3
    RET 1485CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY3
    RET 1875LCLINICAL PRACTICE II2
    3rd TERM (6 credits)
    RET 2284ADVANCED MODALITIES AND MONITORING2
    RET 2876LCLINICAL PRACTICE III4
    4th TERM (11 credits)
    RET 2414DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES AND PULMONARY REHABILITATION3
    RET 2450CARDIOPULMONARY ASSESSMENT2
    RET 2484PULMONARY DISEASE2
    RET 2877LCLINICAL PRACTICE IV4
    5th TERM (9 credits)
    RET 2244LIFE SUPPORT1
    RET 2714NEONATAL-PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE2
    RET 2878LCLINICAL PRACTICE V4
    RET 2935MEDICAL-SURGICAL ASPECTS OF RESPIRATORY CARE2
    6th TERM (4 credits)
    RET 2879LCLINICAL PRACTICE VI4

    TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS
    76

    Paramedic/EMS Transitional Program

    PROGRAM BEGINS IN AUGUST
     
    Before entering the first term of the Respiratory Care “program courses,” students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the general education and/or support courses listed below including BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L with a grade of "C" or better. General education and support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed below. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (18 credits)
    ENC 1101 - COMPOSITION I or (Honors)3
    SPC 1017INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
         or (SPC 1017H, SPC 1065, SPC 1608, or SPC 1608H)
    Mathematics - One college level course with MAC, MAP, MAS, MGF, MTG or STA prefix3
    PHI 1600STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS3
         or (PHI 1602HPHI 1631, PHI 2635 or PHI 2649)

    SUPPORT COURSES (12 credits)
    BSC 2085HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I3
    BSC 2085LHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY I1
    BSC 2086HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II3
    BSC 2086LHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY II1
    CHM 1025INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY3
    CHM 1025LINTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LAB1
    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CREDIT4
    PROGRAM COURSES
    1st TERM (6 credits)
    RET 1007RESPIRATORY PHARMACOLOGY3
    RET 1024FUNDAMENTALS OF RESPIRATORY CARE3
    2nd TERM (6 credits)
    RET 1264PRINCIPLES OF MECHANICAL VENTILATION3
    RET 1485CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY3
    3rd TERM (6 credits)
    RET 2284ADVANCED MODALITIES AND MONITORING2
    RET 2876LCLINICAL PRACTICE III4
    4th TERM (11 credits)
    RET 2414DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES AND PULMONARY REHABILITATION3
    RET 2450CARDIOPULMONARY ASSESSMENT2
    RET 2484PULMONARY DISEASE2
    RET 2877LCLINICAL PRACTICE IV4
    5th TERM (9 credits)
    RET 2244LIFE SUPPORT1
    RET 2714NEONATAL-PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE2
    RET 2878LCLINICAL PRACTICE V4
    RET 2935MEDICAL-SURGICAL ASPECTS OF RESPIRATORY CARE2
    6th TERM (4 credits)
    RET 2879LCLINICAL PRACTICE VI4

    TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS76

    Certified Therapists Transitional Program

    PROGRAM BEGINS EVERY JANUARY
     
    Before entering the first term of the Respiratory Care “program courses” students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the general education and/or support courses listed below including BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L with a grade of C or better. General education and support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed below. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

    GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (18 credits)
    ENC 1101 - COMPOSITION I or (Honors)3
    SPC 1017INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
         or (SPC 1017H, SPC 1065, SPC 1608, or SPC 1608H)
    Mathematics - One college level course with MAC, MAP, MAS, MGF, MTG or STA prefix3
    PHI 1600STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS3
         or (PHI 1602HPHI 1631, PHI 2635 or PHI 2649)

    SUPPORT COURSES (38 credits)
    BSC 2085HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I3
    BSC 2085LHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY I1
    BSC 2086HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II3
    BSC 2086LHUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY II1
    CHM 1025INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY3
    CHM 1025LINTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY LAB1

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CREDIT26

    PROGRAM COURSES
    1st TERM (6 credits)
    RET 1264PRINCIPLES OF MECHANICAL VENTILATION3
    RET 1485CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSIOLOGY3

    2nd TERM (2 credits)

    RET 2284ADVANCED MODALITIES AND MONITORING2
    3rd TERM (7 credits)
    RET 2414DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES AND PULMONARY REHABILITATION3
    RET 2450CARDIOPULMONARY ASSESSMENT2
    RET 2484PULMONARY DISEASE2
    4th TERM (5 credits)
    RET 2244LIFE SUPPORT1
    RET 2714NEONATAL-PEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY CARE2
    RET 2935MEDICAL-SURGICAL ASPECTS OF RESPIRATORY CARE2

    TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS76

    C&I 6/9/09 ~ BOT 7/21/09
  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Dan CraddockClinical DirectorHealth Education CenterCraddock.Dan@spcollege.edu(727)341-3628
    Steven HardtProgram DirectorHealth Education CenterHardt.Steven@spcollege.edu(727)3413627