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.
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.
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FSCJ’s Respiratory Care A.S. degree has been granted the status of “Continuing Accreditation” by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The recent accreditation review conducted by CoARC recognizes the program’s commitment towards compliance with the nationally established accreditation Standards. The next comprehensive evaluation of the program is scheduled to occur no later than 2029. CoARC can be contacted at 817-283-2835 or at 264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN 37690.
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