Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care Info Sessions

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If you are interested in an exciting health profession, Seminole State College's Respiratory Care Program may be for you.

Goal Statement

The Respiratory Care Program at Seminole State prepares 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 (RRT).

Associate of Science Degree

The Respiratory Care Program at Seminole State leads to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. The curriculum progresses from basic sciences and fundamental courses to advanced courses in critical care medicine and pediatrics.  Clinical experiences are gained through area hospitals, extended-care facilities and home care.

Graduates will be prepared to become Registered Respiratory Therapists and to receive licensure by the state of Florida. 

Students who complete the Associate degree in Respiratory Care are eligible to continue their education in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program at Seminole State. The bachelor degree offers several specializations, including Respiratory Therapy and Clinical Leadership, designed to prepare students for leadership and management opportunities.

Respiratory care practitioners provide prescribed care and life support to patients with cardiopulmonary problems by:

  • Administering medical gases, aerosolized drugs and bronchial hygiene therapy
  • Inserting and maintaining artificial airways
  • Overseeing the management of critically ill patients who require artificial life support


Those who are considering a career in respiratory care should have:

  • interest and aptitude in science
  • desire to help people
  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • self-motivation and strong work ethic

Limited Access Program

The Respiratory Care program at Seminole State College of Florida is:

  • a limited access program 
  • accepts 30 students per year
  • begins in fall semester (August)
  • Accepted students will complete lecture, lab and clinical experiences in a five-term, lock-step course sequence.

Estimated Program Cost

The Respiratory care program follows the same tuition schedule as the college.  Additional costs include lab fees, uniforms, supplies, background checks, health assessments, as well as graduation and licensing fees.  Including general education courses, the approximate total for the Respiratory Care AS degree is $10,500 (based on in-state tuition; subject to change without notice.).

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor or academic advisor for guidance in course selection, sequencing and scheduling.  Financial assistance and scholarship opportunities are also available.


For more information, email the Career Program Advisor or call 407.404.6196.

Dr. Jaime Magnetico, R.R.T., R.R.T.-N.P.S., R.R.T.-A.C.C.S.Program Manager407.404.6069
Crystal Lemelin, Associate Professor, Respiratory TherapyDirector of Clinical Education407.404.6046
Health ProgramsCareer Program Advisor407.404.6196


Healthcare Programs
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Altamonte Springs FL, 32714
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