• 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 for 2014 and for 2015.

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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 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.
  • 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

    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.


    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

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    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

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    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

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

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

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Complete 12 credits

    BSC 2085Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
    BSC 2085LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Lab I1
    BSC 2086Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
    BSC 2086LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II1
    CHM 1025Introductory Chemistry3
    CHM 1025LIntroductory Chemistry Lab1

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

    RET 1007Respiratory Pharmacology3
    RET 1024Fundamentals of Respiratory Care3
    RET 1874LClinical Practice I2

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

    RET 1264Principles of Mechanical Ventilation3
    RET 1485Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
    RET 1875LClinical Practice II2

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

    RET 2284Advanced Modalities and Monitoring2
    RET 2876LClinical Practice III4

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

    RET 2414Diagnostic Procedures and Pulmonary Rehabilitation3
    RET 2450Cardiopulmonary Assessment2
    RET 2484Pulmonary Disease2
    RET 2877LClinical Practice IV4

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

    RET 2244LIfe Support1
    RET 2714Neonatal-Pediatric Respiratory Care2
    RET 2878LClinical Practice V4
    RET 2935Medical-Surgery Aspects of Respiratory Care2

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

    RET 2879LClinical Practice VI4
    Total Credits76