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Respiratory Care (Therapy), A.S.

 

YOU CAN PLAY A KEY ROLE IN SUSTAINING ONE OF LIFE'S BASIC NECESSITIES

Respiratory therapists specialize in the evaluation, treatment and care of patients with breathing disorders. As a respiratory therapist, you will perform procedures crucial in maintaining the lives of seriously ill patients with breathing problems and assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with heart and lung disease. You will have the option to work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, sleep disorders clinics, pulmonary function labs, hyperbaric chambers, skilled nursing facilities or home health agencies.

The field of respiratory care is experiencing one of the highest levels of demand for graduates over the last decade and employment opportunities are abundant both locally and nationally. This trend is expected to accelerate as the aging population increases. Gulf Coast State College offers the necessary courses and provides the hand-on training in state-of-the-art facilities to help you develop the skills that employers are looking for today.

This two-year program will prepare you to take the national board exams; with successful completion you will be awarded the credential of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT). The credential is recognized nationally and required for obtaining a license to practice in the 46 states that require licensure. The Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) board exam is the highest level of credential in the field of Respiratory Care, you will be eligible to take both exams upon completion of the program.

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Breathe Easy! Begin your Career in Respiratory Therapy

 
 

Meet Alannah

Meet Alannah

The Respiratory Therapy Program offers a really supportive, hands-on learning environment. Ultimately, I want to become a Physician’s Assistant and this program is giving me valuable work experience and a solid foundation to continue my education.
– Respiratory Therapy Student
 

Who is eligible for the Respiratory care (therapy) Option, A.S. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  

WHY CHOOSE GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE TO EARN YOUR degree?

  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.
 

How do I apply to the Respiratory care (therapy) Option, A.S. program?

First, you must complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

In addition to the general application, you will need to complete an application packet for the Respiratory Care (Therapy) program. The packet includes a complete list of admission requirements and prerequisite course requirements.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

The application process is competitive; please contact the program advisor to find out how to increase your chances for admission.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area 3
See General Education Requirement
Mathematics Area 3
+*Approved college-level mathematics (MAC/MGF/STA)
Natural Sciences Area
+*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
*BSC2085L, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
+*BSC2086, Anatomy & Physiology II 3
*BSC2086L, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •*PSY2012 or •*SYG2000 Psychology/Sociology 3
Major Courses
#HSC1531, Medical Terminology 2
*#RET1004, Introduction to Science I 1
*#RET1005, Respiratory Microbiology 1
+*#RET1024, Respiratory Therapy I 2
+*#RET1024L, Respiratory Therapy I Lab 3
+*#RET1264, Respiratory Therapy II 2
+*#RET1264L, Respiratory Therapy II Lab 3
*#RET1295, Clinical Respiratory Medicine I 1
*#RET1350, Pulmonary Pharmacology I 1
*#RET1483, Pulmonary Assessment I 2
*#RET1485, Pulmonary Physiology 2
+*#RET1832, Respiratory Therapy Clinical I 1
+*#RET1833, Respiratory Therapy Clinical II 2
*#RET1930, Selected Topics Seminar I 1
*#RET1934, Selected Topics Seminar V 1
*#RET1935, Selected Topics Seminar VI 1
*#RET1936, Selected Topics Seminar VII 1
*#RET2007, Pulmonary Pharmacology II 3
*#RET2234, Critical Thinking in Resp. Care 1
+*#RET2280, Respiratory Care IV 2
+*#RET2280L, Respiratory Care IV Lab 3
*#RET2292, Clinical Respiratory Medicine II 1
*#RET2297, Pulmonary Assessment II 1
+*#RET2714, Respiratory Care V 2
+*#RET2714L, Respiratory Care V Lab 2
+*#RET2834, Respiratory Therapy Clinical III 2
+*#RET2835, Respiratory Therapy Clinical IV 2
+*#RET2836, Respiratory Therapy Clinical V 3
+*#RET2878, Respiratory Care III 2
+*#RET2878L, Respiratory Care III Lab 2
Elective
Elective 3

TOTAL DEGREE HOURS

76

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 
 
 Students in respiratory therapy lab
 

Respiratory Therapy Lab

You'll acquire the skills you need to be successful in Gulf Coast State College's state-of-the-art respiratory therapy lab where you will get the hand-on experience you need in a safe environment.

 
 

Contact the Advisor

Julia Thomas
Program Coordinator
850-872-3837

jthomas7@gulfcoast.edu

DIVISION Chair

Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences
850-872-3828
ljustice@gulfcoast.edu

 CoARC Accreditation

Gulf Coast State College Respiratory Care Program offers the Associate of Science in Respiratory Care degree program (CoARC #200449)  and is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

(817) 283-2835

 
 
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