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 2020
June 8: Financial Aid
Aug. 17: Application
Aug. 24: 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.
Respiratory Care Associate in Science
Major Code : RESPR-AS
Educational Pathway: RESPR-AS
Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Respiratory Care is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021-4244; 817.283.2835.
Students accepted into this limited-access program study a broad range of subjects from basic sciences to advanced courses in cardiopulmonary physiology, critical care medicine and pediatrics. Additionally, required clinical experiences take place at area hospitals and extended-care facilities. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Board for Respiratory Care examinations for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).
This is a limited-access program. Candidates must:
- Apply and be accepted to Seminole State College;
- Complete the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) or equivalent;
- Provide an official transcript(s) indicating successful completion of a standard high school diploma or equivalent;
- Submit a completed respiratory care application.
Respiratory applications are available on the Respiratory Care website and by attending a respiratory care information session. Dates of upcoming information sessions can be found on the respiratory care website.
All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screening. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their course work.
The Application Selection Process:
All applications must meet the following requirements to be considered:
- An overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
- Successful completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher:
- BSC 2093C Anatomy and Physiology I
- ENC 1101 English I
- Eligible for College Algebra (through test scores or completion of prerequisite course(s)).
If applications meeting the above criteria are greater than the number of seats available in the program, applications will be prioritized into the following criteria:
- Successful completion of ALL of the required respiratory care General Education courses with a grade of "C" or higher and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Successful completion of requirements to be considered for admission (BSC 2093C, ENC 1101, and eligible for College Algebra) with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The more General Education classes students complete, the more competitive they will be.
Applicants who have not completed all of the General Education courses must include a Plan of Completion form with their application.
Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.
Social Science General Education course
Humanities General Education course
Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice.
Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.
Specific general education prerequisite courses are still required for this program.
Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.
Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.
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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||$6,480||$6,379|
|Room and Board||-0-||$10,220||$10,666||$10,010|
|Books and Supplies||$1,000||$850||$1,000||$1,200|
For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2019-20 fee schedule.
* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 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. 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)