• Stellar Performance

    Since the Respiratory Care program began at SPC 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.

    Award winning

    SPC's Respiratory Care Program is among a select group of programs to receive a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award for 2014 and for 2015.

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    76 credit hours

CRT Transitional A.S. Degree in Respiratory Care

  • Program Key Personnel

  • What You Will Learn

    • Proper techniques and principles of respiratory care
    • Industry standards and safety regulations
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities
  • AS iconIf you are a Certified Respiratory Therapist in Florida, you can earn 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.

    CRT to RRT Transition program: CRTs with an active license and verifiable clinical experience can receive up to 26 hours toward the A.S. degree in Respiratory Care. This credit may be awarded through the following two methods:

    1. Articulation agreement: If the applicant for transfer, or advanced placement credit, was awarded their CRT certificate from a program approved by the CoARC that has a valid articulation agreement with St. Petersburg College they 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
    2. 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.
  • 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.

     

  • ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE
    RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM

    GOAL OF THE PROGRAM (Current)
    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.

    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

    • SPC's RT 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 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.
  • coarc 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.


  • Features

    • 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.
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