Respiratory Care program receives seventh consecutive award

Three respiratory care faculty memories show the proper way to use respiratory equipment on a mannequin.

The Respiratory Care program for St. Petersburg College (SPC) was recently notified that it is “among a select group of programs” that will be recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)—the program’s accrediting body—to receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award.

This is the seventh consecutive year the program has received this award, the first one being in 2014, making SPC one of a small percentage of respiratory care educational programs in the nation to consistently meet these criteria. The honor is based on the program’s record of graduate success on the discipline’s credentialing exam, student success, retention, on-time graduation rates, and graduate and employer satisfaction with the program.  

Consistent Success

SPC offers a very well-established and incredibly successful Respiratory Care program and has consistently produced highly qualified Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT).

Since the program began at the college in 1971, SPC students have continually performed significantly higher than the national average on the board examination for licensure, and employment for graduates of the program seeking placement in the field has remained at nearly 100 percent.

The program uses the latest technology to teach students in the high-tech, high-demand field, and SPC’s on-site simulation hospital helps students feel comfortable practicing skills in a controlled setting. SPC offers several different credentials within the program including a Health Services Administration B.A.S. Degree with a concentration in Respiratory Care and two different certificates.

To learn more about the SPC Respiratory Care program as well as other available programs at the college, be sure to visit

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