Respiratory therapists are trained to care for patients with respiratory or other cardiopulmonary disorders. They care for premature infants, elderly patients and patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning and chronic lung disease.
Once You Complete the Program
Respiratory Care professionals generally seek employment in a hospital or other medical facility.
The Respiratory Care program is a selective admission program. Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Respiratory Care Application Book.
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Respiratory Care Program Information Sessions
Students interested in the Respiratory Care program, must attend a Respiratory Care Information Session at the IRSC Main Campus in Fort Pierce. Upcoming sessions:
Applying to the Respiratory Care Program
The Fall 2019 program is full. The application for the Fall 2020 program will be available after January 1, 2020.
New students must first complete the online Application for Admission.
New and returning students must also follow these directions to complete and submit the Respiratory Care Application prior to the application deadline.
- Sign into MyIRSC, and enter your Student ID and PIN number.
- Go to Registration (blue menu bar), and selectRespiratory Care Application.
- Place a check mark in the I Agree Statement.
- In the Health Science Program box, select Respiratory Care. Application Deadline: this automatically fills in the program deadline date.
- Select Submit. Select OK.
- Select Pay Fee Now and then Pay Now.
- Select Process For Payment.
- Select $30 application fee.
- Enter credit card details.
- Submit payment.
The goal of the Respiratory Care program is to prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). More specifically, the goal is to train students desiring an education in this field regardless of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, and any other factor protected under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules and regulations.
The IRSC Associate in Sciene in Respiratory Care program at Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
Additional Program Information
This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team. Join now.
Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Respiratory CareTo view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.
For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.
Respiratory Care A.S. (full-time)
Gain management and technical skills in many high-demand career fields, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.