Respiratory Care

Associate in Science

Respiratory Care

Pharmacology, diagnostic monitoring, ventilatory techniques and pulmonary pathology

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Respiratory Care degree utilizes didactic, clinical and high-fidelity simulation opportunities to expose students to the skills needed to care for patients with heart and lung disorders as a trained respiratory therapist. The respiratory therapist assessment will focus on cognitive, affective and psychomotor realms to ensure students exceed employer expectations for respiratory care.

The Program's goal is 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).  It is through this action that we will prepare graduates to be competent, caring and confident registered respiratory therapists.  This goal is consistently monitored and results are shared with the program's Advisory Committee and administration.

  • FSCJ’s Respiratory Care Program had the second lowest attrition rate in Florida (6.6%) among graduates from 2013-15.
  • 89% of the May 2017 graduating class earned the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credential.
  • Students commit to volunteer efforts such as the Fight to Breathe 5K Run and the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb. In addition, students volunteer their time at local health fairs and events sponsored by the American Association for Respiratory Care and the Florida Society for Respiratory Care.
  • FSCJ's Respiratory Care program is the 2018 State of Florida Student Sputum Bowl Champions and 2017 Sputum Bowl Runner-up.

Industry Associations

The Respiratory Care program is affiliated with the following hospitals, which provide training for respiratory therapy students and networking connections for respiratory therapist jobs: Baptist Medical Center Downtown, Baptist Beaches, Baptist South, , Memorial Hospital, Mayo Clinic, St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Riverside, St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Southside, Specialty Hospital Jacksonville, UF Health Jacksonville, Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

Additional affiliations include:


The Florida State College at Jacksonville Respiratory Care program, CoARC #200223, Associate in Science degree, North Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Phone: (817) 283-2835

Programmatic outcomes data

Years TMC/ CRT Board Examination Pass Rate Completion Rate Employment Rate
2017 100% 79% Pending
2016 100% 89% 78%
2015 100% 90% 95%
2014 90% 95% 80%

Program Code: 2244

76 Credits

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School of Health, Education and Human Services
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May 15
Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.



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Program Fact Sheet
Academic Degree Plan
Respiratory Care Application Packet
Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit transfer services and look for your associate in science program of study.

Respiratory therapist graduates are eligible to take the nationally recognized Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) examination and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examination immediately after graduation. These credentials offer the therapist excellent opportunities for respiratory therapy jobs with a competitive salary.

For additional information on the profession, visit the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) website.

Career Opportunities

Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema. Their patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients who have diseased lungs. They also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning, or shock (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 
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