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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Respiratory Care AS

Respiratory Care  (2148) LIMITED ACCESS

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This degree program is designed for the student who wants to be employed as a respiratory care practitioner. Earning the A.S. degree in respiratory care enables the student to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Registry Exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Graduates of this American Medical Association recognized and nationally accredited program have high employment success because of training in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, neonatal resuscitation, pediatric life support, electrocardiography, pulmonary function technology and more.

Program Accreditation
Palm Beach State College Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244, (800) 874-5615.

Program Learning Outcomes
For detailed information, visit

General Admission Requirements to the College

  • Submit an official high school or GED transcript and official
    college/university transcripts from each post-secondary
    institution attended. Refer to the Admission Procedures
    section of the college catalog for more information regarding transcripts.
  • Submit placement test scores if not exempt from placement testing. To determine if you are exempt, go to
  • Complete all other requirements for admission outlined in the Admission Procedures section of the college catalog.


Admission Requirements for Respiratory Care
In addition to the General Admission requirements, student must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for selection to the program. (Meeting admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the program).

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher;
  • Attend a mandatory Respiratory Care open house information session;
  • Complete all required program prerequisites (listed below) with a grade of C or higher. BSC2085/BSC2085L must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline;
  • Submit a completed Respiratory Care program application, located on the program website, and pay the application fee by the deadline.


Completion Requirements
Students must complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of C or higher.

Program Length
This is a two-year program beginning in August each year. It requires a full-time commitment.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

For More Information:
Nancy Latimer, Ph.D., RRT
Department Chair/Program Director
Palm Beach Gardens campus
LC 105
Office (561) 207-5068
Fax (561) 207-5011

Stephanie Parlamento, MBA, RRT
Faculty/Director of Clinical Education
Palm Beach Gardens campus
LC 104
Office (561) 207-5064
Fax (561) 207-5011

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
Program Prerequisites Credits: 7
  Any course from Mathematics - Area III with the MAC, MAP or MAS prefix 3
BSC2085 Anatomy and Physiology 1 3
BSC2085L Anatomy and Physiology 1 Lab 1
General Education Credits: 20
  Any course from Humanities - Area II 3
BSC2086 Anatomy and Physiology 2 3
BSC2086L Anatomy and Physiology 2 Lab 1
CHM1032 Principles of Chemistry (or higher level Chemistry+) * 3
ENC1101 College Composition 1 * 3
MCB2010 Microbiology 3
MCB2010L Microbiology Lab 1
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology * 3
Required Courses Credits: 49
PHY1001 Applied Physics (or higher level Physics++) 3
RET1272 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 1 9
RET1272L Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 1 Lab 3
RET1273 Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 2 6
RET1273L Fundamentals of Respiratory Care 2 Lab 2
RET1874L Clinical Internship 1 1
RET1875L Clinical Internship 2 3
RET1876C Clinical Internship 3 4
RET2280C Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Therapy 3 7
RET2534C Fundamentals of Respiratory Care Therapy 4 7
RET2877L Clinical Internship 4 2
RET2878L Clinical Internship 5 2
Total Program Credits: 76
*It is suggested that these courses be completed prior to program entry.
+CHM1025, CHM1045, CHM1046, CHM2210, CHM2211 or approved transfer credit.
++PHY2048, PHY2049, PHY2053, PHY2054 or approved transfer credit.

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
Respiratory care is one of the fastest growing professions in the country and in Florida. Palm Beach State graduates have enjoyed a high job placement rate.

Respiratory care, also known as respiratory therapy, is an allied health profession that cares for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system. Respiratory therapists see a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn and pediatric patients to adults and the elderly. They bring help and relief to patients suffering from asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, infant respiratory distress syndrome, acute respiratory distress, congestive heart failure and conditions brought on by shock, trauma or post-operative surgical complications. Respiratory therapists also are involved in many specialty areas of the hospital such, as labor and delivery, neonatal pediatric and adult intensive care, pulmonary function laboratory, sleep centers, pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, hyperbaric therapy, bronchoscopy and more. There are many opportunities outside of the hospital as well.

Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, visit

Earning the A.S. degree in respiratory care enables the student to take the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Registry Exam to become a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Career Center
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