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Program at-a-glance
Program Length: 20 months
Program Requirements: See Catalog
Program Plan: (PDF) (Excel)
Location: St. Augustine Campus
Clinicals: Northeast Florida Region
Start Date: Spring 2018
Deadline: August 1 - October 15
Application: Available August 2018*
Tuition and Fees: See Catalog
Financial Aid: Apply now!
Scholarships: Deadline April 1
Job Outlook/Salary: Career Coach
Program Planing Assistance
Program Outcomes
Program Mission Statement
Phone: (904) 808-7465

* For more information regarding the College's use of Social Security Numbers, click here.

The AS Degree Respiratory Therapy program at St. Johns River State College located in St. Augustine, FL, program number 200539 is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

Respiratory Care (2125) – Associate in Science Degree
Respiratory care professionals are among the most critical members of any health care team who:
  • Work closely with doctors to diagnose, treat and educate patients with asthma, emphysema, lung cancer and pneumonia, and
  • Treat a wide range of respiratory emergencies in:
    • Pediatric care
    • Nursing homes
    • Hospitals
    • In-home health care
    • Emergency rooms
Students completing the program are eligible to take the national certification exams, both the therapist multiple choice exam (TMC) and Clinical Simulation exam (CSE) to obtain Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT). The exams are administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

The SJR State advantage
Ask any student and they will tell you that confidence is gained from experience. It is what instructors and employers call the "competitive edge."
  • State-of-the-art manikins and equipment provide the latest hands-on training
  • SJR State's health-sciences building is designed to simulate a real hospital where students are presented with "life-threatening" patient scenarios
  • Clinicals are scheduled throughout the Northeast Florida region and provide students with "real-world" experiences
  • Workforce advisers are located on each campus and provide resources and assistance to students throughout the program.
  • The Job Ready, Willing and Able initiative (funded by the Walmart Foundation) offers students employability skills training. Career counseling includes interpersonal communications and team building skills, mock-interviews and resume writing training

Interested in the program?

For program information and the application call (904) 808-7465.

For an on-campus appointment with one of our Workforce Advisors call (386) 312-4259 .

Begin your pre-reqs/general education courses now - on any campus or online.

Did you know?
SJR State's Respiratory Care program was recently honored with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. SJR State is one of only 49 colleges nationwide to be honored with the award - an achievement that places the program in the nation's top 10%.

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Program Mission Statement
The mission of the respiratory care program at St. Johns River State College Is to prepare 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 (RRTs).

Program Goals:
  1. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze objective patient data.
  2. Graduates will apply and effectively perform respiratory care procedures based upon patient assessment and effectively communicate results.
  3. Graduates will analyze and modify therapeutic procedures based on patient response.
  4. Graduates will evaluate and recommend related diagnostic and therapeutic procedures based on patient response.
  5. Graduates will perform technical skills in the selection, application, and adjustment respiratory equipment.

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Eight questions and answers:

  1. Which hospitals are your clinical affiliates?
    Flagler Hospital (St. Augustine), Florida Hospital Flagler – Palm Coast, Putnam Community Medical Center (Palatka, FL),
    Orange Park Medical Center, Kindred Hospital (Green Cove Springs), UF Health at Jacksonville,
    Wolfson Children's Hospital, Baptist Medical Center (Jacksonville), Baptist South Hospital, UF Health at Gainesville (Internships)
  2. What is the local salary for a Respiratory Therapist?
  3. Where will you find Respiratory Therapists?
    ICU’s, ER, Flight teams, floor therapy, sleep labs, newborn ICU, pediatric ICU, skilled nursing facilities, home care, pulmonary rehab, Pulmonary function labs, Asthma education, Doctor’s offices.
  4. Will I get to work with simulators?
    Yes, high fidelity wireless simulators including infant, pediatric and adult.
  5. Do I have to pass a National Board Exam?
    Yes, you have to pass a written exam to become a CRT(Certified Respiratory Therapist) and RRT (Registered Respiratory Therapist) exam.
    In addition, you will have to pass the simulation portion of the Registered Respiratory Therapy exam.
  6. Can I work during the program?
    We strongly advise against Full-time work. This program is a full-time, 5 day a week program.

  7. Will this program require travel to various sites?
    Yes, you are responsible for reliable transportation and will rotate frequently to the clinical sites.

  8. What equipment do you work with?
    Nebulizers, medications, bronchoscopies, ventilators, needles, defibrillators, oxygen masks, oxygen tanks, pulmonary function equipment, code blue equipment, oxygen hoods, nasal cpap (adult and pediatric), sensormedics oscillator(peds), transport equipment and a WHOLE LOT MORE!

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