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, 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
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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
Paramedic/EMS Transitional Program
Certified Therapists Transitional Program
2nd TERM (2 credits)
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