Respiratory Care Residency And Internship Program

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Duke Hospital’s Respiratory Care Internship is an intense 18-24 month program designed to attract the new graduate respiratory therapist who is serious about career development. The internship will present the new graduate with a wide array of clinical experiences in the application of both adult and pediatric respiratory care that will help establish a strong foundation of knowledge and skill upon which to build a professional career.

Clinical Experience

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Respiratory Care Interns will participate in educational and clinical activities that are designed to develop critical thinking and sound fundamental patient care skills. Interns will be supervised by Advanced Respiratory Care Practitioners who will be available to provide direction and assistance as needed. Clinical assignments will include rotations through the following areas:

  • Adult and Pediatric Intermediate Care and Stepdown Units
  • Emergency Department*
  • Surgical Intensive Care*
  • Cardiothoracic Intensive Care*
  • Neurosciences Intensive Care*
  • Coronary Care*
  • Medical Intensive Care*
  • Pediatric Intensive Care*
  • Intensive Care Nursery*
  • Pulmonary Function Lab
  • Bronchoscopy Lab

During the clinical rotations, interns will gain valuable experience in providing care to a wide variety of patient populations and will have an opportunity to earn (Department of Respiratory Care) certifications to perform the following state-of-the-art clinical procedures:

  • Arterial Blood Gas Puncture
  • Radial Artery Cannulation*
  • Airway Management*
  • Bronchoscopy Assist
  • Nitric Oxide and Heliox Administration*
  • Mechanical Ventilation Management by Protocol*
  • High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation*
  • Hyperbaric Diver*

*Option open to interns after earning RRT credential.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2017 graduate of a respiratory care program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  • Eligible for both the Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credentialing examinations administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)

Employment Status

Interns will be full-time employees of Duke Hospital and will receive a salary commensurate with their education and experience. In addition, interns will be eligible for Duke Hospital benefits.

Candiates selected for an internship position must complete all pre-employment requirments and obtain a license to practice respiratory care in North Carolina prior to the start of their employment.

Application And Selection Process

Candidates for the Respiratory Care Practitioner Internship should submit the following:

  • An official college transcipt
  • A letter of recommendation from either the Program Director or the Director of Clinical Education of their respiratory care program
  • A current resume accompanied by a one-two page paper that describes why you wish to become a respiratory care intern and what you hope to accomplish at the completion of the program

The official transcipt, letter of recommendation, resume and paper should be submitted to:

Janice J. Thalman MHS, RRT, RCP

Director, Department of Respiratory Care Services

Duke University Hospital

P.O. Box 3911

Durham, North Carolina 27710

Deadline for submission of materials is TBA.

A personal inteview will complete the application process. Candidates should contact Judy Darnell at 919-681-2720, to schedule an appointment.

Respiratory Care Residency And Internship Program

All interviews will be completed by TBA.

Credential Awarded

Upon completion of the internship, a certificate of completion will be awarded from the Department of Respiratory Care Services.

Respiratory Care professionals provide direct patient care ranging from simple respiratory care to complex life-saving techniques used in the critical care setting for patients of all ages. Respiratory therapists are responsible for life support of the patient through airway management, artificial ventilation, external cardiac massage and additional sophisticated emergency support measures. Respiratory therapists must be proficient in many areas, including patient assessment, administration of oxygen and therapeutic aerosols, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, mechanical ventilation, airway management, pulmonary function studies, blood gas retrieval and analysis and physiologic monitoring.

In addition to a traditional class format, SF also offers a night and weekend format of the Respiratory Care program. Night and weekend classes and labs are scheduled after 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday with additional labs and clinicals held on the weekends. Some overnight clinical shifts are scheduled during the latter half of the Program to put education into practice. The Respiratory Care night and weekend program spans 6 semesters and graduates will earn an Associate of Science degree in Respiratory Care.


Santa Fe College's Respiratory Care Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) located at 264 Precision Blvd, Telford, TN 37690. Phone: 817-283-2835.

The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Licensure and Certification:

Successful completion of all degree requirements may provide you eligibility to take the Registered Respiratory Therapist exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care. If you are a student who resides outside of Florida, Santa Fe College has not made a determination that its degree program or curriculum meets educational requirements for professional licensure in your state. Please locate and contact the Licensure Board in your state in order to determine whether this degree program will meet their licensure requirements.

Requirements for Admission

The following prerequisite requirements must be completed in order to apply to the Respiratory Care program:

  1. Possess a 2.50 or higher overall college GPA.
  2. Complete the following coursework with a grade of 'C' or higher:
    1. BSC 2084/L Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (BSC 2085/L and BSC 2086/L may be substituted)
    2. HSC 1000 Introduction to Healthcare
    3. MAC 1105 College Algebra or STA 2023 Statistics or MGF 1106 Topics in Math or higher math course
    4. ENC 1101 College Composition
    5. One Social/Behavioral Science course
    6. One Humanities/Fine Arts course

All transcripts and coursework must be evaluated and accepted by SF College prior to the application date in order to qualify for application.

See Application Dates and Deadlines.

Program Cost, Scholarships and Aid

All tuition and fees are estimated costs and subject to change without notice.

Program Costs:
In-State Tuition (76 credit hours):$8,114.52
Out-of-State Tuition (76 credit hours):$29,100.40
Lab Fees$812.06
Uniforms, Stethoscope, Program patches$135.00
Laptop or notebook computer$400.00
Health Physical and Immunizationsup to $450.00
Flu Vaccinations (2)$40.00
American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR$55.00
Level 2 and Expanded National Background Screening; drug test$208.00
UF Parking Fees$288.00
License Fee$200.00
Medical Errors and HIPAA training$21.00
Total In-State:$11,735.61
Total Out-of-State:$32,721.49
There are many scholarships available for Santa Fe students to apply to. Please visit the Scholarships webpage for more information and how to apply.
Financial Aid:
There are many options to finance your education. You may be eligible for Federal Grants, Work Study, State Grants, Federal Loans, and Institutional Scholarships. Please visit the Financial Aid webpage for more information and how to apply.

Selection Criteria / Points System

Selection criteria and points system is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to check with the Health Sciences Advisement Office for up-to-date requirements and information.

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Prior Degree or Certificate:
Maximum Points = 9
Points Allotted:
BA/BS or M.A./M.S. degree7 points
A.A. or A.S. degree2 points
Current Health Related Certification (CNA, Medical Assistant, EMT, etc)2 points
Prerequisite Coursework GPA:
Maximum Points = 20
Points Allotted:
3.75 to 4.0020 points
3.25 to 3.7416 points
3.00 to 3.2412 points
2.75 to 2.998 points
2.50 to 2.744 points
Grades Earned in Additional Courses:
Maximum Points = 13
Additional Math Course (MAC1105 college algebra or higher)8642
ENC1102 College Composition 25431
Respiratory Care Open House and Military Service:
Maximum Points = 6
SF Respiratory Care Open House (if offered)1 point
Points will be awarded to US Armed Forces active duty and honorably discharged veterans. Includes recent Reservist and National Guard combat deployments. DD-214 or proof of current service required. Minimum of 1 year active duty service required. Part-time Reservist or National Guard service must be documented separately and equal 365 active duty days (i.e., weekend service, annual 2-week assignment and deployment). Service dates may be combined with proper documentation. Veterans who receive a general discharge must be classified without misconduct.5 points

Program Goals and Outcomes



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).


Program Length, Format, and Curriculum

The Respiratory Care program spans five semesters for the day-time program or six semesters for the night-time/weekend program with courses meeting in a variety of platforms to include: on-campus, on-line, and virtually. In addition, students will conduct clinical internships at local and regional hospitals.


The day-time program is academically rigorous and requires students to be available Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The program is a total of 76.0 credit hours, including pre-requisite requirements. Program core courses: 57.0 credit hours. Pre-requisite courses: 19.0 credit hours.

The Technical courses must be taken as a cohort. The order in which to take the courses will be provided to the student upon acceptance to the program. The prerequisite requirements listed in 'Requirements for Admission' may be taken in any order based on course offerings.

Course #Course NameCredit Hours
RET1025Principles of Respiratory Care4.0
RET1025LPrinciples of Respiratory Care Lab1.0
RET1291Clinical Respiratory Medicine 14.0
RET2283Intro to Mechanical Ventilation4.0
RET2283LIntro to Mechanical Ventilation Lab1.0
RET2434CRespiratory Care Chemical Analysis3.0
RET1292Clinical Respiratory Medicine 23.0
RET1485Cardiopulmonary Anatomy & Physiology4.0
RET2264LMechanical Ventilation Lab1.0
RET2284Intensive Respiratory Care3.0
RET2293Clinical Respiratory Medicine 34.0
RET2714Pediatric Respiratory Care3.0
RET2934Respiratory Care Case Management Seminar2.0
RET2264Mechanical Ventilation3.0
RET2295Clinical Respiratory Medicine 42.0
RET2936Registry Preparation3.0
RET2296Clinical Respiratory Medicine 54.0

Performance Standards

The Respiratory Care program is a practice discipline with cognitive, sensory, affective and psychomotor performance requirements. Applicants should assess their aptitude and ability to perform professional duties by reviewing the Program Performance Standards below and discussing them with their healthcare provider. Applicants who identify potential difficulties with meeting the Program Performance Standards should communicate their concerns to the Academic Chair for Allied Health Programs. If the concern is related to a documented disability, applicants are responsible for contacting the Disability Resource Center for determination of reasonable and appropriate accommodations.




Critical Thinking

Critical thinking sufficient for clinical judgment.

Handle ventilator adjustments and arterial blood gas interpretation. Provide treatment plans. Ability to work alone as well as a member of a team.


Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.

Display compassion, empathy and concern for others in a calm manner. Work with other health care providers in stressful life/death situations.


Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.

Communicate patient response to therapy; document therapeutic procedure performed on patient; consult with other healthcare providers in order to alter current therapy.


Physical abilities sufficient to move independently from room to room and through hallways; maneuver in small places.

Walk to and from department to patient rooms and room to room for breathing treatments. Move patients to/from wheelchair, stretcher or bed. Assist in patient transport.

Tactile and Motor Skills

Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to safely and effectively perform cardiopulmonary skills. Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.

Perform arterial punctures, chest physiotherapy, end tracheal suctioning. Perform palpation.


Auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.

Auscultation of breath sounds; hear alarms in units; communicate verbally with patients, family, staff and other healthcare providers.


Matricom gpad ex manual mac. Visual ability sufficient for physical observation.

Read patient charts, flow sheets; monitor and assess patient skin color, sputum samples and draw medications.

Professional Appearance

As a representative of SF College and the Respiratory Care Program, students must abide by specific professional appearance guidelines required by our clinical affiliates. Hair must be maintained within the range of natural color and must be conservative in length and style. Completely shaved or bald styles are acceptable; however, no partially shaved or one-sided haircuts are permitted. Visible tattoos must be covered by garments at all times. Visible body piercings are not allowed and earlobe gauges must be covered. Earrings are limited to one stud-style pair per ear. Clothing and footwear must comply with standards prescribed by the program. Facial hair should be kept neat and trimmed short. Artificial nails, nail polish, jewelry, watches and perfume are not permitted.

Program Effectiveness

To view the program's effectiveness data, please go to the Health Sciences Program Effectiveness page.

Santa Fe College's Respiratory Care Program has been awarded the distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) which oversees all respiratory care educational programs in the U.S. Read more about our National Award here.

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To comply with Standard 5.03 of the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, the enclosed link, provides the general public with information regarding the successes of our graduates. It includes pass rates on the National examinations, Registry results, job placement rates as well as Program attrition. Please feel free to access this site and review the outstanding results obtained by our graduates of Santa Fe College. Programmatic Outcomes Data