Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Respiratory Care program’s mission is to prepare competent, confident and caring Registered Respiratory Therapists for the northeast Florida healthcare community. The curriculum utilizes didactic, clinical and high-fidelity simulation opportunities to expose students to the skills needed to care for patients with heart and lung disorders. Assessment will focus on cognitive, affective and psychomotor realms to ensure students exceed employer expectations. The program will maintain accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
This program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care, and enables graduates to sit for both professional examinations. The professional phase of the education makes simultaneous employment difficult due to clinical demands. Students will be expected to lift up to 30 pounds frequently, be mobile and have sufficient motor abilities to provide safe care. A brochure outlining costs, requirements, deadlines and procedures is available online.
A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.
The respiratory care profession is one of the fastest growing allied health specialties. It is involved with the treatment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the heart and lungs. Graduates are eligible to take the entry-level Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and advanced-level Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). For information about the examinations please visit www.nbrc.org. After successfully completing the credentialing examinations, graduates are eligible for licensure in the state of Florida. This credential offers the therapist excellent employment opportunities as well as a competitive salary.
For additional information on the profession, contact:
American Association for Respiratory Care
11030 Ables Lane
Dallas, Texas 75229
An aging population heightens the incidence of cardiopulmonary disease and care. There is a shortfall of 5000 candidates in respiratory care nationwide; and the need is expected to rise 30% annually*. Experienced Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT) can rapidly advance to specialty care of critically ill patients, become a supervisor or director, or move into education and marketing.*
*Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs mentioned are given as examples of potential employment.
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 (www.coarc.com).
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
Phone: (817) 283-2835
Certification and Licensing
Your degree qualifies you to take the national Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) advanced level examinations. Your Florida State College at Jacksonville degree in Respiratory Care and nationally recognized credentials also makes you eligible for additional specialty credentials such as neonatal/pediatrics specialist, adult credit care specialist, and pulmonary function technologist.
Clinical rotations provide care experience in a supervised environment for diverse groups of patients, and generally lead to immediate employment. You may be required to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement.
To meet minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Respiratory Care program, students must:
- Complete a Respiratory Care application packet.
- Applicants must document all eligibility requirements:
- current Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (HCP-BLS) card
- current Health Occupations Test (HOT) scores
- completion of prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
- Students will be ranked according to the quality points. (Contact the RC office for additional information.)
- The top 24 ranked students will be notified by mail of their acceptance into the program. Orientation and registration information will also be provided. Those who fail to contact our office upon notification of acceptance will forfeit their placement in the program. In case of forfeiture, the next highest ranked student will be notified of acceptance.
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John Salazar, North Campus, (904) 766-6516 or email@example.com
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