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College of Health Sciences

Associate in Science

Respiratory Care: Paramedic/EMS Transitional

PARA-RESC-AS

Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2011 (445)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2011 (445), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



Program Leadership Information

Steve Hardt, Program Director, 727-341-3627

Program Summary

The Respiratory Care Program is dedicated to the philosophy and goals of the college. The Respiratory Care Program is designed to offer the student planned learning experiences and to provide knowledge, skills, and promote attitudes that will culminate in successful employment of the graduate as a respiratory therapist.

The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care is transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

This program begins in August.

NOTE: This program of study is designed for licensed paramedics and awards credit for students' paramedic experience. Students who complete this program will graduate with an RESC-AS degree.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

1351090800:

Federal CIP Code

51.0908: Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.


Admission Rules

Before entering the first term of the Respiratory Care "program courses" students must complete a minimum of 12 credits from the General Education and/or Support courses listed below including BSC 2085 and BSC 2085L with a grade of "C" or better. General Education and Support courses do not have to be completed in the order listed below. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application form. Please see a counselor or advisor.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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Ethics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

SUPPORT COURSES
Complete 12 credits

Human Anatomy & Physiology I
3
Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
1
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
3
Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II
1
Introductory Chemistry
3
Introductory Chemistry Lab
1

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Advanced Placement Credit

4
Credits

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

Respiratory Pharmacology
3
Fundamentals of Respiratory Care
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

Principal of Mechanical Ventilation
3
Cardiopulmonary Physiology
3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program (Complete 6 credits)

Advanced Modalities and Monitoring
2
Clinical Practice III
4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program (Complete 11 credits)

Diagnostic Procedures and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
3
Cardiopulmonary Assessment
2
Pulmonary Disease
2
Clinical Practice IV
4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
5th Term in Program (Complete 9 credits)

LIfe Support
1
Neonatal-Pediatric Respiratory Care
2
Clinical Practice V
4
Medical-Surgery Aspects of Respiratory Care
2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
6th Term in Program (Complete 4 credits)

Clinical Practice VI
4
76
Total Credits