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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, and 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 the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential. The exams are administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

Program Details

Start Date: Spring
Program Requirements: See Catalog
Program Plan-Course Rotation: (PDF) (Excel)

Location: St. Augustine Campus with clinicals scheduled at facilities within the tri-county area

Program Length:

  • Two year: This A.S. degree program can be completed in approximately two years with
    students attending classes full-time.
  • Four years: Complete your A.S. degree and continue your education with SJR State’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Organizational Management and a specialization in Health Care Administration.

Questions? Call (904) 808-7465.
For an on-campus appointment contact the academic advising department on a campus near you.

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 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
  • 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

Programmatic Outcomes Data from CoArc can be found under the Program Outcomes/Goals/FAQs tab

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the respiratory care program at St. Johns River State College is to provide an educational experience which will allow individuals the opportunity to obtain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function at the entry levels of Respiratory Care.


The AS Degree Respiratory Care program, CoARC program number 200539, located at the St. Augustine Campus of St. Johns River State College, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

How to Apply

(1) Apply to SJR State*
Apply now to SJR State and begin your pre-reqs/general education courses - on any campus or online.

(2) Respiratory Application: Available August 1 - September 15 for Spring 2020 enrollment (January)*

Tuition and Fees:
See Catalog
Financial Aid: Apply now!
Scholarships: Deadline April 1

Questions? Call (904) 808-7465.
For an on-campus appointment contact the academic advising department on a campus near you.

* Visit our SSN Web page for more information regarding the College's use of Social Security Numbers.


Holly Coulliette, DHSc, RRT, Dean of Allied Health and Program Director of Respiratory Care
Ms. Coulliette obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Stroudsburg University in 1992, Dual Master's and Doctorate of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, 2013. She became Director of Clinical Education in 2007, Associate Dean of Allied Health and Program Director of Respiratory Care in 2012 at St. Johns River State College, and then the Dean of Allied Health and Program Director of Respiratory Care in 2018. Prior to being a Director of Clinical Education, Ms. Coulliette worked as a staff therapist in adult an pediatric critical care units at UF Health Gainesville. She has over 21 years of experience as a Respiratory Care professional.

Mike Hackney, BS, RRT, Director of Clinical Education
Mr. Hackney obtained his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1994. Prior to being an instructor Mr. Hackney performed various roles as a respiratory therapist. Apria Home Health Care, Staff therapist - Flagler Hospital, St. Johns & Nassau County Health Departments and Director of Clinical Education. He has over 34 years of experience as a Respiratory Care professional.

Joan Holdman, BHS, RRT, Respiratory Care Instructor
Ms. Holdman obtained her Bachelor of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 2006. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Respiratory Care Leadership from Northeastern University. Prior to being an instructor at St. Johns River State College, Ms. Holdman worked at Wolfson Children's Hospital for 17 years, followed by 2 years at Lower Keys Medical Center. She has over 20 years of experience as a Respiratory Care professional.

Eugene H. McCoskey II, D.O. (Medical Director)
Dr. McCoskey has served as Medical Director since 2013 for the respiratory care program. He was a graduate of the Respiratory Therapist program, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois in May 1998. Dr. McCoskey earned is Doctor of Osteopathy at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994 and completed Internal Medicine Residency, Doctor’s Hospital, Columbus Ohio, July 1994 - June 1997. He completed a pulmonary fellowship and served as a clinical instructor of Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, East Tennessee State University, July 1997 to June 1999. Dr. McCoskey is State of Florida licensed and currently works with Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates PA, October 2000-present. In addition, he treats patients at Kindred Hospital North Florida, Green Cove Springs, FL.

Outcomes / Goals / FAQs

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care Standard 5.03 requires programs to make program effectiveness data available to the public. This includes pass rates on the national exams, enrollment, job placement and attrition. The site can be accessed by clicking the Programmatic Outcomes Data.

CoArc Programmatic Outcomes Data (2014, 2015, 2016) https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx Link

In addition, a PDF file has been created with the 2015, 2016 and 2017, 3 year average results.
CoARC Programmatic Outcomes Data (PDF)

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).

Upon successful completion of the program the graduate, in any patient setting, will be able to accomplish each of the following outcomes and competencies.

  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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  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), Baptist Clay Medical Campus, St. Vincents Clay Medical Center, JC Home Medical
  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). The exam is called Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) Exam and upon receiving the high cut score this will allow you to take the Clinical Simulation Exam (CSE).
  6. Can I work during the program?
    We strongly advise against Full-time work. This program is a full-time, 4-5 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!

Job Outlook / Salary

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