About the AS Degree in Respiratory Care

About A.S. degree in Respiratory Care

Catalogue information

The Respiratory Care, A. S. program provides students with the foundation to be able to safely and competently perform patient care by applying scientific principles to prevent, identify and treat acute and/or chronic dysfunction of the cardioplumonary system and prepares students for the examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care for employment as registered respiratory therapists.

The Respiratory Care program is a 76-credit hour program that begins each fall semester at TCC.  The program accepts up to 24 applications each fall, and takes 5 semesters to complete.

The program is only offered as full-time, traditional day program, but there are clinical rotations and some classes that will be required after 5:00 P.M.  Face-to-face attendance is required for class, labs, and clinical experiences. There may be a few hybrid courses (part online/part in-person.).

Program Goal:

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).

Accreditation Status

The Tallahassee Community College Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com) Through July 2022.

Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX  76021-4244 USA
Telephone (817) 283-2835
CoARC Program ID # 200302

Student/Graduate Outcomes
Can be viewed on CoARC's website. hyperlink to website is https://fortress.maptive.com/ver4/CoARC2017RCSOutcomes).
The programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented.  Programmatic outcomes data reported on the CoARC website include:

  • 3-year time period being reported;
  • CRT credentialing success;
  • RRT credentialing success;
  • Achievement of the high cut score on the TMC Exam (beginning 2018);
  • Retention (Attrition):
  • Job placement;
  • Overall Graduate Satisfaction;
  • Overall Employer Satisfaction;
  • On-time Graduation Rate:
  • Total number of program enrollees;
  • Total number of program graduates;
  • Maximum Annual Enrollment.

Key Personnel:

Eileen Durant, M.S., RRT
Program Chair

John Elam, B.S., RRT
Director of Clinical Education

Muhanan Hasan, MD
Medical Director

Clifton J. Bailey, MD
Co-Medical Director