Respiratory Care Associate in Science
Help your patients breathe easy with this limited-access, accredited degree that gives you the broad range of basic sciences to advanced courses in cardiopulmonary physiology, critical care medicine and pediatrics. Graduates of this program will be prepared to earn Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentials.
Getting Started: Fall Term 2021
June 14: Financial Aid
Aug. 16: Application
Aug. 23: Classes Begin
Why Seminole State?
- Affordable tuition: Earn a state university education at about half the cost.
- Small class sizes: With classes of 30 or less, you don’t have to learn in an auditorium.
- Online degree option: Most courses for our A.S. degrees are offered in person and online, so you can study when and where you want.
- Seamless transition: Most A.S. graduates earn credits that can be applied to a bachelor's degree at Seminole State or at the University of Central Florida through DirectConnect™ to UCF.*
- Job Placement: According to state data, most Seminole State A.S. programs have placement rates above 90 percent.
*A.S. students who are planning to transfer to bachelor's degree programs should meet with a counselor, advisor or specialist to make sure the required courses are taken and the entry requirements are met.
Your tuition shouldn’t go against your intuition.
Your pursuit of higher education is admirable. So why struggle with high tuition in the process? Here we make life’s next steps affordable. Whether you’re seeking a university transfer (A.A.) degree, a four-year bachelor’s, an Associate in Science degree or even earning a technical certificate, you’ll find reasonable tuition and great value. And to us, that’s scholarly.
In fact, a full-time college education at Seminole State is more than $10,000 less each year than most state universities.
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Tuition and Fee Comparison*
|Tuition and Fees||$3,131||$6,380||$6,538||$6,379|
|Room and Board||-0-||$10,590||$11,088||$10,300|
|Books and Supplies||$1,000||$890||$1,000||$1,200|
For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2020-21 fee schedule.
* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.
Serving as vital members of a healthcare team, Respiratory Therapists (RTs) treat patients with breathing problems caused by pulmonary and cardiac disease. Applying scientific principles to identify, prevent and treat acute or chronic dysfunctions of the cardiopulmonary system, RTs work in acute, sub-acute and home care environments.
As the nation’s population ages and medical advances have improved treatments for lung and heart patients, the demand for qualified respiratory professionals has grown significantly. Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) provide services in a variety of settings, including hospitals, emergency and trauma centers, diagnostic laboratories, physician offices, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation centers and home care.
For career information related to this program, please visit O*Net OnLine.
Employment in this field is expected to grow by 28 percent (faster than average) from now until 2020. Continued growth in the aging population will lead to greater demand for respiratory therapy services and treatments, primarily in hospitals and nursing homes (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the following industry certifications:
- Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA018)
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA02)
- Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), National Board for Respiratory Care, (NBFRC002)