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Respiratory Care Program


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

386-506-3759                                                              386-506-3052     


Helpful links:

Respiratory Care Program Guide

Frequently Asked Question about Respiratory Care

Scope of Practice Competencies 

Be an RT

Sample two-year schedule of Respiratory Courses

Program policies for withdrawal & readmission, transfer and advanced placement students

Technical Standards

How to Apply to the Respiratory Care Program

School of Health Careers Application

Mandatory Information Session Dates for Summer 2021


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:

The Daytona State College Academic Calendar can be accessed at:

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 ( CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States. To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process. Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.

Student/Graduate outcomes data for all programs can be found on the CoARC published URL:



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