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 must be sensitive to the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient. The respiratory care practitioner must be able to follow instructions, have strong 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.
Completion of an AA degree is strongly encouraged. This will enable the graduate, along with their AS Degree, immediate transferability to a BS Degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences.
Program Faculty: Melanie McDonough Program Director
Misty Carlson Director of Clinical Education
Rex Callaway Clinical Instructor
Trish Morris Clinical Instructor
Lydia Stelnicki Lab Instructor
LeAnne Lutz Lab Instructor
Tabatha Ogle Lab Instructor
For additional information you may contact either:
Melanie McDonough, MS, RRT Melissa Brown
Assistant Chair / Program Director Academic Advisor
Respiratory Care Program Health Careers
Daytona State College is accredited by the Southern Accreditation of Colleges and Schools. Follow this link to view the most current list of members and accreditation status: http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/webmemlist.pdf
The Daytona State College Academic Calendar can be accessed at: www.daytonastate.edu
The Daytona State College, CoARC # 200300, Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Care, located at the Daytona Beach Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).
Student/Graduate outcomes data for all programs can be found on the CoARC published URL: https://www.coarc.com/Students/Programmatic-Outcome-Data.aspx.