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Respiratory Care Program

Applicant Welcome Message

Dear Applicant:
Respiratory Care practitioners work with patients who may have a variety of lung and/or heart disorders. Although most respiratory care practitioners work in hospitals, other employment opportunities are available. There are also excellent opportunities in home care and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Respiratory care personnel perform a variety of therapeutic, diagnostic and patient management duties. Students are also trained in the management of life support systems and the development of patient care plans for both short term and long term care. The profession continues to advance towards critical care modalities, patient case management and the role of physician extenders.

Individuals who wish to enter this field must enjoy working with people and also must be sensitive to the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient. The respiratory care practitioner must be able to follow instructions, develop critical thinking skills, and be a good team worker. In addition to a thorough understanding of human anatomy and physiology with emphasis on the cardiopulmonary system, a background in science and mathematics is essential to student success. The operation of highly technical and often computer assisted medical devices requires mechanical ability and a high degree of manual dexterity. Graduates of this program are eligible for credentialing by the National Board for Respiratory Care and for licensure in the state of Florida.

Any student considering ultimately advancing to the bachelor degree is strongly encouraged to take MAC 1105 and MCB 1010.
These choices will enable the graduate, along with their AA degree, immediate transferability to a BS in Cardiopulmonary Sciences.


Full time faculty:
Melanie McDonough MS, RRT
Misty Carlson, MS, RRT

Clinical Instructors:
Rex Callaway, RN, RRT
Chris Williams, BS, RRT
Trish Morris, MPH, RRT
Crystal Sicowitz, BS, RRT
Melissa Harbord, BS, RRT

Lab Instructors:
Lydia Stelnicki, MS, RRT
Dolly Cavallo, RRT

For additional information you may contact me at (386) 506-3759 or Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor at (386) 506-3052 or


Melanie McDonough, MS, RRT
Assistant Chair/Program Director
Respiratory Care Program

Respiratory Care Program Guide

Frequently Asked Question about Respiratory Care

Spring 2016 Information Session schedule


Rev 1/2016

Outcomes data from the 2011 Annual Report of Current Status has been posted on the CoARC website.  Follow this link directly to the Programmatic Outcomes Data page:

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Last updated: 2016-01-22T19:24:49.048Z