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.

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 - CRT Transitional Degree

  • 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.  

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

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

Respiratory Care: CRT Transitional Associate in Science

CRT-RESC-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2011 (445)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2011 (445), 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
steve.hardt@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.

NOTE: This program of study is designed for licensed paramedics and awards credit for students' experience. Students who complete this program will graduate with an RESC-AS degree.

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

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.

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

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Advanced Placement Credit

Credits 26

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

RET 1264 Principles of Mechanical Ventilation 3
RET 1485 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3

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

RET 2284 Advanced Modalities and Monitoring 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program (Complete 7 credits)

RET 2414 Diagnostic Procedures and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 3
RET 2450 Cardiopulmonary Assessment 2
RET 2484 Pulmonary Disease 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program (Complete 5 credits)

RET 2244 LIfe Support 1
RET 2714 Neonatal-Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RET 2935 Medical-Surgery Aspects of Respiratory Care 2
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

  • Essential Student Functions
  • Program Admission Guide
  • 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

AccreditationCommission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care logo
The St. Petersburg College Respiratory Care program, CoARC program number 200145, AS degree, Health Education Center Campus 7200 66th Street North Pinellas Park, FL is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

The Health Services Administration for Respiratory Care subplan has not yet applied for, or received, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care's (CoARC's) accreditation for degree advancement programs. Please note such accreditation is voluntary at this time.

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

By earning one of the following respiratory care degrees, you can transfer to SPC's  bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration, the first and only online HSA bachelor's degree with a concentration in Respiratory Care in Florida for current Registered Respiratory Therapists.

Respiratory Care A.S. Degree - CRT Transitional

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS

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