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Effective Fall 2011 the Respiratory Care Program became a two-year Associate of Science (AS) Degree Program at Daytona State College. 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 may be 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. Common therapeutic procedures include the delivery of oxygen and other medical gases, aerosol therapy with an ever-growing number of medications, and chest physical therapy. Diagnostic testing may include procedures such as arterial blood gas analysis, pulmonary function studies, and fiber optic bronchoscopy. Students are also trained in the management of mechanical ventilation (commonly referred to as life support systems) and the development of patient care plans for both short term and long-term care.
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 (NBRC) and for licensure in the state of Florida.
For additional information you may contact me at (386) 506-3759 or Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor at (386) 506-3052 or brownm@DaytonaState.edu
Melanie McDonough, MS, RRT
Assistant Chair/Program Director
Respiratory Care Program
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: http://www.coarc.com/47.html.