Health Sciences

Respiratory Care Program

CF’s A.S. degree in Respiratory Care launches in 2025!

CF prepares qualified individuals to become Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRT). Respiratory Therapists are health care members who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patient’s suffering from acute and chronic cardiopulmonary disorders. Caring for patients in all stages of the life span, from newborns to geriatrics, the respiratory therapist is employed by hospitals, clinics, and home care agencies. Respiratory Therapists are credentialed by the National Board for Respiratory Care, an independent agency that administers a national examination that sets the base entry competencies required to practice respiratory care. In addition, Respiratory Therapist are licensed in their States of practice, which may impose additional requirements to practice Respiratory Care in their jurisdictions.

Our Respiratory Care program is a two-year, 76-credit hour Associate in Science degree offered at the Ocala Campus and Wilton Simpson Citrus Campus. At the completion of this degree, students will be eligible take the National Board of Respiratory Care exam to apply for licensure in the state of Florida.

Respiratory Care is a limited access program with admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. While any student meeting the minimum criteria is encouraged to apply, not all applicants may be accepted.

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Accredidation Notice

The College of Central Florida is currently in the process of seeking accreditation for a Respiratory Care program by the Commission for Respiratory Care (CoARC); 264 Precision Blvd.; Telford, TN 37690; PH 817-283-2835 X102; Unfortunately, CoARC is unable to schedule a site visit to meet the deadline for a fall semester accreditation. Due to this scheduling delay, the first class of Respiratory Care students will not start in the Fall 2024 semester as originally planned. A Jan. 2025 start date is now anticipated for the first Respiratory Care cohort at both the Ocala and Wilton Simpson Citrus Campuses. However, the College of Central Florida can provide no assurance that accreditation will be granted by the CoARC. Any student who submited the Respiratory Care program application by June 30, 2024, will get first priority for conditional acceptance to the incoming Jan. 2025 class.

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Interested in enrolling in this program? Contact Peggy Recanzone, Health Sciences Recruiter/Outreach Specialist, at or fill out the form below!