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Frequently Asked Questions About The Respiratory Care Program

 

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 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.

 

Enclosed are an application and other information that describe this Associate of Science (AS) Degree program curriculum and objectives.  For additional information you may contact me at (386) 506-3759 or Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor at (386) 506-3052 or brownm@DaytonaState.edu

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Melanie McDonough, MS, RRT

Assistant Chair/Program Director

Respiratory Care Program

mcdonom@DaytonaState.edu

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM

 

1.   What is the employment outlook?

 

Employment opportunities in the greater Daytona Beach area are good.  For those who are willing to relocate, opportunities statewide are better and nationwide are best.

 

2.   What salary can I expect?

 

The range of salaries for entry-level graduates in the area currently is $16.00 to $17.00 per hour.  The starting salary may also vary with individual health care facilities and locations.

 

3.   What are the typical working hours for this profession?

 

Those employed in a hospital setting may expect a variety of shifts and hours.  Currently, most hospitals in the area work on a 12-hour shift basis, usually 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM or 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM.  For those employed in clinics, rehabilitation units, or home care settings, regular day hours are 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM or 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

4.   What are the program hours?

 

The first year: Fall semester is classroom-based and is comprised of the major foundation courses and runs from 9:00 AM to approximately 2:00 PM Monday through Thursday.  For the Spring semester, classes are taught on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 AM to approximately 2:00 PM. 

The second year of the program: Fall semester include classes on Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Spring semester class on Wednesday 12 noon to 3 PM. Clinical classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:45 AM to 3:15 PM. (**Days and Times are subject to change)

 

General education courses must be taken during hours that do not conflict with the normal sequence of the Respiratory Care program.

   

5.   How much does the program cost?  What about books, lab fees?

 

At $104.48 per semester hour ($406.80 for out-of-state fees) the tuition for this 76 hour program is $7,940.00 (30,916.00 for out-of-state fees). (Tuition may increase subject to Florida legislative action) Approximately $800.00 additional is required for books, uniforms and supplies such as a stethoscope.

 

6.   Must I pass a board exam upon completion of this program?

 

Yes!  You are required to take and pass the national entry-level examination upon graduation from the program to be eligible for licensure.  You also must within 3 years take the national Registry Examination subsequent to passing the entry-level examination.  All examinations are computer-based.  Procedures for application and taking the examinations will be explained during the program.

 

7.   Is a state license required to work in this occupation?

 

Yes!  Chapter 468 of the Florida State Statutes requires that all respiratory care practitioners in the state of Florida possess a current occupational license.  The procedure for an application and licensure will also be discussed during the course of the program.  The issuance of a license is dependent upon passing the different levels of board examinations.  A background criminal check is conducted prior to a license being granted.

 

8.   What courses are required?

 

Currently the pre-requisites are BSC1085 and BSC1085L (Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab), ENC1101 (Introduction to Composition), and MAC1105 (College Algebra).  It is suggested that the general education requirements listed on the program guide be taken prior to entry into the program. 

 

9.   Is clinical or externship training required in this program?

 

Yes!  Approximately 700 hours of clinical training are included in the two-year program.  During this time, students work with patients (adult, pediatric and newborn) in a variety of health care settings.

 

10.  If I have previous college courses, will they count towards graduation from this

       program?

 

Transcripts from previous colleges must be submitted to the Admissions Department at, DSC, where the Record’s Department will determine the courses/credits, which are transferable towards the Associate of Science degree.  You may also be asked for catalog or course descriptions from your prior college in some cases.

 

11.   FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) Level II Background Screening

           

            Once provisionally accepted to the program students will be required to complete a

             Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Level II Background screening to

             include Fingerprinting and Drug Testing, with a cost of approximately $90.  Instructions

             will be provided once a Student is provisionally accepted into the program.

 

12.  When may I start the program?

 

Applications are accepted throughout the year for the program which begins in the Fall semester (August).  Program selection is based on the following criteria:

 

  • Minimum Cumulative 2.5 GPA or better
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses:

BSC1085 and BSC1085L (Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab)

ENC1101 (Introduction to Composition)

MAC1105 (College Algebra)

  • Attendance at a program information session (TBA)
  • Interview with Program Director and the Director of Clinical Education
  • Brief written statement (1 page) explaining your interest in Respiratory Care
  • At least 18 years of age by the second semester of the program

 

Applications are reviewed in June for the upcoming Fall program.

 

Anyone not meeting the above criteria will not be considered.  Please be advised that application submission does not guarantee program acceptance.

 

Two-Year Schedule of Respiratory Classes

 

Fall- 1st Year

Course Title

Sem. Hrs

Days

Start Time

End Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

RET 1024

Intro to RC

2.0

T

9:00 AM

11:50 AM

RET 1026

Fund I

4.0

M

9:00 AM

  1:50 PM

RET 1485

CP, A&P

3.0

R

9:00 AM

11:50 AM

RET 2483

Assessment

2.0

W

9:00 AM

11:50 AM

RET 2350

CP Pharm.

1

M

12:00 PM

12:50 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring-

1st Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RET 1264

Fund II

4.0

W

11:00 AM

3:50 PM

RET 1265

Mech Vent

4.0

M

9:00 AM

12:50 PM

RET 1293

CP Medicine

3.0

W

8:00 AM

10:50 AM

RET 1832

Clinical I

4.0

T-R

6:45 AM

3:15 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer-

1st Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RET 1414

Diagnostics

3.0

W

9:00 AM

11:50 AM

RET 1534

Spec Topics I

3.0

M

9:00 AM

11:50 AM

RET 1833

Clinical II

2.0

T-R

6:45 AM

3:15 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall –

2nd Year

 

 

 

 

 

RET 2714

Spec Topics II

3.0

W

9:00 AM

11:50 AM

RET 2280

Fund III

3.0

M

9:00 AM

11:50 AM

RET 2876

Clinical III

4.0

T-R

6:45 AM  

  3:15 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring –

2nd Year

 

 

 

 

 

RET 2877

Clin IV

4.0

T-R

6:45 AM

3:15 PM

RET 2934

RC Seminar

3.0

W

12:00 PM

2:50 PM

 

Class days and times are subject to change at the discretion of the program director

 

 

 

                                   Essay (submit with your application)

Please use this page or separate sheet to explain your interest in Respiratory Care:

 

 

 

 

Rev 6/2014

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Last updated: 2014-08-28T13:55:56.843Z