Program description

Students enrolled in the respiratory care program at an affiliated college or university complete their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Three primary factors make Mayo Clinic an ideal educational setting for you to receive your respiratory care training:

  • The breadth of respiratory conditions and care procedures you experience
  • The large volume of patients requiring respiratory testing and therapy
  • A diverse and highly educated faculty committed to your success

Clinical experiences are offered at Mayo Clinic Hospital, part of Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.


Florida State College at Jacksonville's Respiratory Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in conjunction with the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). For more information on the respiratory care field, also refer to the American Association for Respiratory Care and the National Board for Respiratory Care.

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Affiliated institutions

To participate in the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Respiratory Care Clinical Rotation, you must be enrolled in the respiratory care program at an affiliated college or university. For more information or to enroll, please contact:

  1. Florida State College
    1. Respiratory Care Program, North Campus
      501 W. State St.
      Jacksonville, FL 32202
    2. Phone: 904-766-6516
    3. Email: John.Salazar@fscj.edu


Mayo Clinic's inpatient care facilities — Mayo Clinic Hospital — and its Department of Emergency Medicine team administer respiratory testing and respiratory care therapy to thousands of patients each year.

Mayo Clinic in Florida is a comprehensive medical facility providing advanced programs in education and research that support the highest quality patient care. Campus activity is conducted in the Mayo Clinic Hospital and the interconnected Davis, Mayo and Cannaday buildings.

The ambulatory facilities provide clinical services ranging from primary to specialty care and advanced procedures. Mayo Clinic Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient services, including surgical and medical intensive care units, specialized solid-organ transplant units, and advanced cardiac and neurosurgery facilities.

Graduation and certification

Graduates of respiratory care programs are eligible to take the nationally recognized Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) examination immediately after graduation. After successful completion of the CRT examination, you are eligible to take the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) advanced level examinations.


Students spend one day a week at Mayo Clinic Hospital during the introductory clinical phase. Second-year students rotate three days a week (eight-hour days) at Mayo Clinic Hospital.

Students also rotate to other medical facilities in the Jacksonville area.

Class size

Each year, the number of students admitted to the Respiratory Care Clinical Rotation varies.

June 20, 2017