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.
Employment for graduates seeking placement in the field has remained at nearly 100 percent.
Patients 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.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Hardt, Program Director, 727-341-3627
The Respiratory Care Program is dedicated to the philosophy and goals of the college. The Respiratory Care 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.
The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care is transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.
Program begins in August.
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2014 (480), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
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 2086 and BSC 2086L 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.
Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition I
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSSocial and Behavioral Sciences
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSComputer/Information Literacy Competency
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
SUPPORT COURSESComplete 12 credits
MAJOR CORE COURSES1st Term in Program (Complete 8 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES2nd Term in Program (Complete 8 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES3rd Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES4th Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES5th Term in Program (Complete 9 credits)
MAJOR CORE COURSES6th Term in Program (Complete 4 credits)
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