Respiratory Care Associate in Science
Major Code: 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).
Serving as vital members of a health care 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.
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:
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This is a limited-access program. Candidates must:
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 are required to complete a criminal background check. Students must be free of offenses that could potentially disqualify them from working in a health care environment (Florida Statutes 456.0635, 435.04 and 316.193) and are subject to hospital or clinical agency approval.
Students applying for admission to the Respiratory Care Program are required to complete a drug screening and an FBI criminal background check including:
The Application Selection Process:
All applications must meet the following requirements to be considered:
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:
Applicants who have not completed all of the General Education courses must include a Plan of Completion form with their application.
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.