• Stellar Performance

    SPC's Respiratory Care program has been producing highly qualified RRTs since 1971.

    Our students have continually performed significantly higher than 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. SPC's program has received this honor for four consecutive years: 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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    76 credit hours

Respiratory Care A.S. Degree

  • Program Key Personnel

  • What You Will Learn

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

  • 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

    • 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
  • coarc logoThe 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.

  • 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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