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Respiratory Care A.S. Degree Program

Respiratory Care

Respiratory Care is a therapeutic discipline dealing with the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, education and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

Students of the Respiratory Care A.S. degree program will be exposed to and will be expected to perform in all areas within the hospital setting. Emphasis is placed on acute and critical care. Learn more about the program's application process and June 1 application deadline.

Respiratory Care A.S. Information


The Respiratory Care Therapist program is provisionally accredited by CoARC (Commission  on Accreditation for Respiratory Care).

"The Eastern Florida State College Respiratory Care Therapist program, CoARC program number 200618, Associate in Science, Melbourne Campus, holds Provisional Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program that has been granted an Approval of Intent has demonstrated sufficient compliance to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards through the completion and submission of an acceptable Provisional Accreditation Self Study Report (PSSR), completion of an initial on-site visit, and other documentation required by the CoARC. The conferral of Provisional Accreditation denotes a new program that has made significant progress towards meeting the Standards of Accreditation. The program will remain on Provisional Accreditation until achieving Continuing Accreditation. It is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) toward eligibility to the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Provisional Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program."

Clinical Externship

All accepted Respiratory Care students are required to participate in clinical education. Students may be required to travel to the following clinical facilities: Health First, Kindred Hospital, Wuesthoff, and their affiliates.

Students will be responsible for participating in clinical rotations each semester and will be scheduled 7 AM to 7 PM with evening, night and weekend rotations. Travel to clinical sites is the responsibility of the student. The program will try to assign students to a clinical site closest to their geographical area, but there is no guarantee of placement location.

Mission & Vision

In keeping with the College's Mission and Philosophy, the mission of the Respiratory Care Program is to meet the needs of the students by offering quality instruction using theory and performance-based instruction which will enable the student to graduate with the necessary skills to succeed as a Respiratory Care Therapist and/or to continue ongoing educational goals.

Respiratory Care Therapist Program

Our mission is to prepare compassionate and competent respiratory therapists to become future leaders within the profession of respiratory care.

Our vision is to be a respected and regarded patient focused, career driven community program for respiratory therapy education.

Program Details

The Respiratory Care program prepares graduates to work in Respiratory Care. Respiratory Care is a specialty dealing with the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

The program is provisionally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The degree satisfies the requirements established by the National Board for Respiratory Care and qualifies the graduate as a candidate for the national registry examination. Graduates, upon completion of the program, apply for state licensure.

New Students begin the Respiratory Care program once each academic year, entering the program in the Fall Term (August) and are then enrolled on a full-time basis for 17 consecutive months. General Education and Support  classes must be completed prior to admission to the program.  Additionally, Introduction to Respiratory Care is a course that must be taken during the summer term prior to the June 1st application deadline.

Hospital activities are conducted in cooperation with Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Kindred Hospital, Viera Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Centers in Rockledge and Melbourne and Palm Bay Community Hospital. Academic instruction is provided by EFSC faculty and guest instructors on the Melbourne Campus. An interactive simulation laboratory complements the instructional phase of the program.

For more information on the A.S. Degree in Respiratory Care, please contact the Health Science Admissions Office at 321-433-7575.

Program Manager:  Joe Helme
Clinical Director:  Lisa Leib