Respiratory Care Degree & Program

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A.S. 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. The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) in conjunction with the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions of the American Medical Association.

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.

For information regarding the program's curriculum sequence, please refer to the Respiratory Care educational pathway and schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor.

Program and Admission Requirements

Respiratory care is a limited-access program at Seminole State. Students meeting the admission requirements are admitted each fall semester.  To enter Seminole State's Respiratory Care Program, students need to know:

Admission Criteria

Applications will be accepted:  March 1 - April 1, 2023 for the Fall  2023 program

  • Complete a Seminole State admission application.
    • Student must be admitted to Seminole State College to apply to the Respiratory Care limited access program.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • All transcripts must be in the student's record prior to submitting a respiratory care program application.
  • Attend a Respiratory Care Information Session.
  • Take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT).
  • Possess at least an intermediate algebra skill level.
  • Have grades of "C" or higher in Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 2093C) and English I (ENC 1101).
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • 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.
  • Meet the program and profession technical standards.
  • View the Respiratory Care Information Sheet for general education courses, GPA requirements, etc. 
  • View the Respiratory Care Information Packet for selection process, curriculum sequence, etc.
  • Submit a Respiratory Care Program Application form during the application window.  Follow instructions on the form (attachments to include with application, how to submit, etc.).
  • The Respiratory Care Program Application form will be posted between March 1 - April 1, 2023 for the Fall 2023 program.

Estimated Program Cost

The estimated cost to complete this A.S. degree program is $10,500*. This includes estimated cost for prerequisite and program courses, as well as expenses for books, labs and uniforms.

*Cost: Subject to change.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found in the Seminole State College catalog. 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.


Seminole State College
Healthcare Programs
850 South SR 434
Altamonte Springs FL, 32714

Fax: 407.404.6207
Office: ALT-303
Campus: Altamonte Springs