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Respiratory Care (Limited Access Program), A.S. Degree

Program Information

A.S. Degree - Code 2117/2217 - Catalog 2017/2018

Melanie McDonough, Assistant Chair, 386-506-3759, Melanie.McDonough@daytonastate.edu

Maggie Muszka, Administrative Assistant, 386-506-3080, Magdolna.Muszka@daytonastate.edu

Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor, 386-506-3052, Melissa.Brown@daytonastate.edu

Program Mission, Description, and Outcomes

Mission:

The mission of the Respiratory Care program is to provide a learning-centered, widely diverse, high quality education to empower individuals to meet the needs of the community.

Description:

This program provides training in the use of special equipment, medications and other diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who need temporary, emergency or long-term cardiopulmonary assistance. Students learn to administer medical gases, humidity and aerosol therapy, use positive pressure breathing machines, perform pulmonary drainage and clearance procedures, manage patient airways, perform pulmonary rehabilitation and home care, manage short and long term continuous mechanical ventilation and perform a variety of other special procedures.

Graduates are eligible to take the Respiratory Therapist multiple-choice exam and the clinical simulation exams of the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC), qualifying them for the credentials of Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Program Accreditation: The Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Committee on the Accreditation of Respiratory Care [CoARC], 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, Texas 76021-4244 [817] 283-2835. Outcomes data from the Annual Report of Current Status can be found at www.coarc.com/47.html.

College Accreditation: Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and bachelor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Daytona State College.

Outcomes:

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Perform entry-level skills competently as described by the scope of practice for Respiratory Care.
  2. Employ effective communication skills within the healthcare setting.
  3. Assemble a safe environment within the healthcare setting.
  4. Apply professional behaviors within a healthcare setting.
  5. Execute safe clinical decision making in respiratory care. 

Note: This program is eligible for federal financial aid and state bright futures.

Approximate Additional Costs

Lab Fees: Program Specific RET Courses @ $467; Science Courses @ $193
Uniforms: $150
Stethoscope/Scissors: $50
Textbooks: $1,000
FDLE/FBI Background Screening: up to $180

Additional Admission Requirements

  • This is a limited access program. Continuing enrollment approval will be required to enroll in the program specific courses based on a selection process after completing the General Education classes required. 
  • Applicants starting in a Florida Public high school in 2003 or after and graduating from a Florida public high school with a standard high school diploma and active duty military are exempt from any placement testing. Those applicants that have successfully completed college level English and/or Math may be exempt from placement testing. All other applicants are required to take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) and be at the 10th grade level for reading, language and arithmetic.
  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better is required before submitting a request for continuing enrollment: BSC1085C (Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab), MAC 1105 (College Algebra) or MGF2106 (Survey in Mathematics) and ENC 1101 (Introduction to Composition). Completion of at least 25% of the degree requirement credits in residence at Daytona State College.
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Provider and AED through American Heart Association or American Red Cross. 
  • Submit completed application for continuing enrollment to the School of Health Careers.
  • Applications for continuing enrollment are accepted anytime during the year.
  • Selection is made once per year based on the applicants cumulative GPA and successful completion of prerequisite and co-requisite courses. Applicants considered for continuing enrollment will be contacted for an interview. Attendance at a program information session is mandatory. Pre-registration is not required. A brief statement explaining your interest in Respiratory Care is required along with application paperwork.
  • Admissions into the program will be contingent on the satisfactory completion of both a drug screen and a background check consisting of a fingerprint check of state and federal criminal history information conducted through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • Program specific courses and general education courses must be completed with a grade 'C' or better.
  • Physical exam and BCLS CPR Card are due by deadlines established by the Program.
  • Applicants will need a 2.5 Cumulative GPA to apply for continuing enrollment. Applicants with cumulative GPA's of 3.5 or better and successful completion of all prerequisite and corequisite courses will be considered more favorably.
  • Readmission and transfer respiratory care courses must have been taken within one year and evaluated by the respiratory care readmission and transfer committee. Transfer respiratory care students are accepted on a case by case, limited basis depending on space availability. Transfer students must show documentation that they are in good academic standing and eligible for re-admission in their current respiratory care program prior to applying as a transfer respiratory care student with DSC. 
  • Students will be held accountable for the policies and procedures of the Respiratory Care program as outlined in the Respiratory Care student handbook, as well as the College Student handbook.
  • Upon completion of the program, students may be eligible for articulation into most BS Cardiopulmonary or Respiratory Care degree programs.

General Education Courses

General Education Core - 27 Credits

Communication Core (3 credits)

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

Mathematics Core (3 credits)

MAC1105College Algebra

3

OR

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

Natural Sciences Core (15 credits)

BSC1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

BSC1086CHuman Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab

4

MCB1010CMicrobiology and Lab

4

PSC1121Physical Science

3

Humanities Core (3 credits)

Choose One Course

ARH1000Art Appreciation

3

HUM2020Introduction to Humanities

3

LIT2000Literature and Culture

3

MUL1010Music Appreciation

3

PHI2010Introduction of Philosophy

3

THE1000Theatre Appreciation

3

Social Sciences Core (3 credits)

PSY1012General Psychology

3

Note: Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory/developmental course work. See an Academic Advisor to determine developmental course requirements.

Program Specific Courses

RET1025CPrinciples of Respiratory Care and Lab

4

RET1026CBasic Equipment of Respiratory Care and Lab

3

RET1264CAdvanced Equipment of Respiratory Care and Lab

3

RET1265CMechanical Ventilation and Lab

4

RET1295Chest Medicine

3

RET1450Basic Physiologic Monitoring

3

RET1485Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

4

RET1874Clinical Respiratory Care I

4

RET1875Clinical Respiratory Care II

4

RET2244Life Support

3

RET2350Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

4

RET2714Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RET2876Clinical Respiratory Care III

4

RET2934Respiratory Care Seminar

3

Sample Program of Study

Prerequisite Courses

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

BSC1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

 

MAC1105College Algebra

3

OR

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

Year 1

1st Semester

BSC1086CHuman Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab

4

RET1025CPrinciples of Respiratory Care and Lab

4

RET1026CBasic Equipment of Respiratory Care and Lab

3

RET1485Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

4

2nd Semester

PSC1121Physical Science

3

RET1264CAdvanced Equipment of Respiratory Care and Lab

3

RET1265CMechanical Ventilation and Lab

4

RET1295Chest Medicine

3

RET2350Cardiopulmonary Pharmacology

4

Summer Semester

RET1450Basic Physiologic Monitoring

3

RET1874Clinical Respiratory Care I

4

Year 2

1st Semester

RET2244Life Support

3

PSY1012General Psychology

3

RET2714Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care

3

RET1875Clinical Respiratory Care II

4

2nd Semester

Humanities Core

3

MCB1010CMicrobiology and Lab

4

RET2876Clinical Respiratory Care III

4

RET2934Respiratory Care Seminar

3

Note: Sequence of courses may vary. Check catalog course descriptions for requisite requirements.

Total Credit Hours: 76