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Respiratory Care Associate in Science

Respiratory Care Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code: RESPR-AS
CIP: 1351090800
Educational Plan: RESPR-AS

Program Description

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 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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Job Outlook

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)

Program Admission

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:

Category 1:

  • 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.

Category 2:

  • 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.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
Students must complete all Required Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
General Education Courses
Students must complete all General Education Courses with a grade of "C" or higher.

Students can satisfy the English Requirement with either ENC 1101 English I or ENC 1102 English II.

Social Science General Education course

Choose 4 credits of science from the following list:
or higher level Chemistry course
or higher level Physics course

Humanities General Education course

Total Credits:

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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