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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Respiratory Care?
A. Respiratory Care is a health care profession that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of lung disorders.  Respiratory Therapists are an essential member of the health care team and are in great demand nationwide.

Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program starts in August only. The deadline is May 1st for the August entry.

Q. What are the application requirements?
A. To apply to the program, you must have completed or be enrolled in ENC 1101 at the time of application. However, the selection of students for the program is based on the number of required general education and natural science courses completed at the time of program selection.

Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Because enrollment is limited in this program, admission/selection criteria is based on the number of required general education and natural science courses completed at the time of program selection with top priority given to students that have completed all of the required general education and natural sciences courses.  Additionally, GPA and Florida residency status are included into the selection process.

Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and natural science courses?
A. You can apply to the program before completing these courses. However, selection will be based on the number of courses completed. You are encouraged to complete all of the non-program courses to increase your chances of acceptance into the program.

Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will earn an Associate in Science degree in Respiratory Care in approximately two years.  This will qualify you to participate in the credentialing process offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist, and/or a certified Pulmonary Function Technologist.

Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program classes are offered weekdays from approximately 8:00 – 3:00pm. Clinical courses are scheduled from 7:00 3:00 p.m.

Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
A. Employment is not encouraged but you should be able to work about 15- 20 hours per week without jeopardizing your course grades. Students must earn at least a final grade of “C” or better to continue in the program.

Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement.  Through the Career Center located in the New Student Center on the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been forwarded to the Career Center.

Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. To work in Respiratory Care, a license is required in the state of Florida. This license requires that you pass the National Board for Respiratory Care exam as a Certified Respiratory Therapist or Registered Respiratory Therapist.

Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. In the South Florida area, entry-level graduates may expect to earn an annual salary of $37,000 - $50,000 if employed full-time in a hospital setting. This does not include a sign-on bonus, benefits overtime or shift work.


All Medical Campus students must complete the FDLE Waiver and Statement form.This form is to authorize dissemination to Miami Dade College - Medical Campus of any national criminal history record that may pertain to you.

In addition, all program students must complete a "background check" through the identified MDC agent and cleared by the 1st day of class. Depending on your program of study an additional background check may be required. In addition, prior to entry into a clinical site, some clinical sites will require more frequent background checks and clearance.

Successful completion of the MDC level two background check process or completion of a MDC nursing/health sciences program does not guarantee a graduate's eligibility for participation in the professional credentialing process or for related employment. Credentialing agencies and health care employers may have additional eligibility criteria not required by an educational institution. Individuals who have been arrested or convicted of any felony crime during the last 15 years are strongly urged to inquire directly of the licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they intend to practice.

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