Respiratory Care (Therapy), A.S.



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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Contact the Advisor

Jennifer Barber
Program Coordinator

Breathe Easy! Begin your Career in Respiratory Therapy


Meet Ana 

Ana, Respiratory Care Student

The GCSC Respiratory Care program provided me with supportive teachers and a nationally accredited curriculum that ultimately set me up for success. This program gave me the opportunity to practice respiratory therapist skills at several hospitals, and allowed me to get hands-on-learning with respiratory equipment. Despite the challenges of Hurricane Michael, followed by a world-wide covid-19 pandemic, the staff made sure every student’s needs were met. I am now working as a registered respiratory therapist, and I can say that this program was an excellent foundation for my career, and I highly recommend it! 
– Respiratory Care Student


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

If you are a high school graduate, you may 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.  


  • You will 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 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.

 Students in respiratory therapy lab

Respiratory CARE Lab

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



Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences

 Commission on Accreditation for respiratory care (coarc)

Gulf Coast State College Respiratory Care Program (CoARC #200449) is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

We offer an Associate of Science in Respiratory Care. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. This information can be found on the CoARC outcomes webpage

CoARC Website 

Gulf Coast State College Respiratory Care Program CoARC #200449