Explore our Respiratory Care A.S. Degree

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.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Respiratory Therapists

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

9,130

2026

11,800

Percent Change

29

Projected Job Openings

750

Features of SPC's Respiratory Care A.S. Degree

  • Provides lecture and hands-on clinical classes as part of your learning experience
  • Takes two years to complete
  • Provides the opportunity for certified respiratory therapists and paramedics transitioning to the Respiratory Care program to possibly qualify for credits through the Experiential Learning Process (ELP)
  • Transfers to our Health Services Administration B.A.S. Degree with a concentration 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.

What You Will Learn in SPC's Associate in Science degree in Respiratory Care

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

Respiratory Care Associate in Science

RESC-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2014 (480)

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.



Program Leadership Information

Steve Hardt
Program Director
727-341-3627
hardt.steven@spcollege.edu


Dr. Richard Flora
Dean
flora.richard@spcollege.edu


Program Summary

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 Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1351090800:

Federal CIP Code

51.0908: Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.


Admission Rules

Please review the Repiratory Care A.S. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Respiratory Care A.S. program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

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.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Complete 12 credits

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1
CHM 1025 Introductory Chemistry 3
CHM 1025L Introductory Chemistry Lab 1

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program (Complete 8 credits)

RET 1007 Respiratory Pharmacology 3
RET 1024 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 3
RET 1874L Clinical Practice I 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Term in Program (Complete 8 credits)

RET 1264 Principles of Mechanical Ventilation 3
RET 1485 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3
RET 1875L Clinical Practice II 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

RET 2284 Advanced Modalities and Monitoring 2
RET 2876L Clinical Practice III 4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)

RET 2414 Diagnostic Procedures and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 3
RET 2450 Cardiopulmonary Assessment 2
RET 2484 Pulmonary Disease 2
RET 2877L Clinical Practice IV 4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
5th Term in Program (Complete 9 credits)

RET 2244 LIfe Support 1
RET 2714 Neonatal-Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RET 2878L Clinical Practice V 4
RET 2935 Medical-Surgery Aspects of Respiratory Care 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
6th Term in Program (Complete 4 credits)

RET 2879L Clinical Practice VI 4
Total Credits 76

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

  • Program Admission Guide
  • 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.

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

CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION at SPC

The following respiratory care degrees transfer 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.

Respiratory Care A.S. Degree

Program Admissions

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