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-admissions 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 can read our Information packet. Additionally, free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Upcoming sessions:
- 12/07/2021 - Respiratory Care Information Session
- 02/01/2022 - Respiratory Care Information Session
- 03/01/2022 - Respiratory Care Information Session
- 04/05/2022 - Respiratory Care Information Session
The application for the Fall 2022 program will be available after January 3, 2022. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2022.
Prior to beginning the application process:
- Read the Respiratory Care Application Booklet.
- Complete and submit the Health Science Application for the Respiratory Care program ($30 fee; keep a copy of your receipt).
Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number or emails), submit the changes through MyPioneerPortal and to the Health Science Division at 772-462-7550.
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 Science in Respiratory Care program at Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Program #200380. CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an "outcome 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.
Programmatic Outcomes Data: https://coarc.com/students/programmatic-outcomes-data/
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. Learn more.