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 Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, and allows graduates to attempt and possibly earn credentials in the field of respiratory care. The professional phase of the education makes simultaneous employment difficult due to clinical and course work demands. Students will be expected to lift up to 30 pounds frequently, be mobile, and have sufficient motor abilities to provide safe care.
A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.
Clinical rotations provide experience in a supervised environment for a diverse group of patients and generally lead to employment. You will be required to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in a clinical rotation. In addition, students will be required to be in compliance with all the vaccination and immunization requirements of the clinical sites. Clinical rotations traditionally are held in hospitals and clinics in the Jacksonville area. Students will be required to provide their own transportation to the clinical sites.
The respiratory care profession is one of the fastest growing allied health specialties. Respiratory care professionals help in the assessment, treatment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the heart and lungs. As members of the healthcare team, respiratory therapists work with sophisticated equipment such as mechanical ventilators, computerized monitoring devices, and resuscitation equipment. Respiratory therapists also provide delivery of medical gases, aerosol, humidity, and bronchial hygiene therapies. Respiratory therapists work with a variety of patients, from newborn infants to geriatrics.
For additional information on the profession, contact the American Association for Respiratory Care, 11030 Ables Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229, aarc.org.
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 (RRTs) 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 or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.
Your degree qualifies you to take the national Therapist Multiple-Choice (TMC) Examination administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). Successful completion of the exam may lead to certification as a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
Your Florida State College at Jacksonville degree in Respiratory Care and nationally recognized credentials also make you eligible for additional specialty credentials such as neonatal/pediatrics specialist, adult credit care specialist, and pulmonary function technologist. For information on certifications and credentialing please visit the National Board for Respiratory Care website at nbrc.org.
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 (coarc.com), 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (817) 283-2835.
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.
- 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 their FSCJ student email of their acceptance into the program. Orientation and registration information will also be provided to those who accept their seat in the program. 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.
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
The application deadline is May 15 each year with classes starting in fall term.
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