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.

  • FSCJ’s Respiratory Care Program has the second lowest attrition rate in Florida (6.6%) among graduates from 2013-15.
  • The May 2015 graduating class achieved a 95% pass rate on the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examination.
  • 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.

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, Baptist Nassau, Memorial Hospital, Orange Park Medical Center, 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:

Accreditation

The Florida State College at Jacksonville Respiratory Care program, CoARC #200223, Associate in Science degree, North Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accrediation 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
2016 100% 89% Pending
2015 100% 90% 95%
2014 90% 95% 80%

Program Code: 2244

76 Credits

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School of Health, Education and Human Services
Start Term

Fall

Deadlines
May 15
Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.

Phone

(904) 646-2300

Catalog

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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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