SJR State holds respiratory care pinning ceremony

St. Johns River State College recently held a pinning ceremony honoring Respiratory Care students.  The students were presented with a special pin during the ceremony before faculty, family and friends, recognizing their accomplishments and hard work in completing the program and becoming eligible to become respiratory care professionals.

SJR State faculty and administration also honored the clinical sites and technologists from area hospitals who have helped students gain hands-on experience. The guest speaker was Sue Pilbeam, MS, RRT, FAARC, SJR State advisory committee member.    

Students completing the program from Clay County:  Christopher Bayer, Olivia Day, Bertha Germinal and Chalsea Hutcheson. 

Students completing the program from St. Johns County:   Josie Austin, Brittany Goolesby, Tonia Gullett-Moore, Courtney Marrero, Christopher Singleton and Alan Williams.

Student completing the program from Putnam County:  Lacey Henry.

Student completing the program from Duval County:  Ciara Manning.      

The Associate in Science degree program prepares students for careers as respiratory care professionals. Upon successful completion of the 20 month curriculum, students are eligible to apply to take the national certification exams for Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), both administered by the National Board of Respiratory Care.

SJR State’s Respiratory Care program is offered on the St. Augustine campus.  Specific prerequisites and requirements apply and must be completed prior to the first day of the application period.  The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Applications for Spring 2016 enrollment are now being accepted through  
September 15.

SJR State offers additional health programs such as radiologic technology, nursing assistant, health information technology and nursing. For more information on degree and certificate programs in the health field, visit the website at


Respiratory Care pinning


St. Johns River State College students completing the two-year degree program in Respiratory Care and participating in the pinning ceremony were:

Olivia Day, Tonia Gullett-Moore, Courtney Marrero, Chalsea Hutcheson, Lacey Henry and Josie Austin.

Christopher Bayer, Brittany Goolesby, Ciara Manning, Bertha Germinal, Alan Williams and Christopher Singleton.