Program overview

Duration: 6 weeks
Class size: Varies
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Students enrolled in the respiratory care program at Florida State College at Jacksonville complete their clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic.

Training at Mayo Clinic provides:

  • A wide variety of respiratory conditions and care procedures
  • Large volumes of patients requiring respiratory testing and therapy
  • Diverse and highly educated faculty committed to your success

You must successfully complete the required pre-professional and professional college coursework before you are eligible to begin.

This rotation may be available to students at other colleges or universities. Contact Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences for more information.

How to apply

This rotation is organized as part of your curriculum with your home college. Plan your rotation experience with your program director.


As part of your final year of study, you participate in clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic, possibly including:

  • General floor patient care
  • Critical care
  • Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Emergency care
  • Pulmonary diagnostics (pulmonary function testing and bronchoscopy assisting)
  • Arterial blood analysis
  • Electrocardiograms (ECGs) and exercise stress testing
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

During the rotations, you observe and assist with:

  • Administering bronchodilator therapy for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) and asthma
  • Performing percussive therapy and administering positive expiratory pressure (PEP) therapy to patients with pneumonia
  • Providing mechanical ventilation to postsurgical patients (including those who have had coronary artery bypass graft, as well as heart, lung and liver transplants), patients resuscitated by emergency medical staff and long-term ventilator patients
  • Providing supplemental oxygen to patients
  • Assisting physicians with diagnostic procedures, such as bronchoscopy and pulmonary exercise stress testing
  • Providing pulmonary function testing to diagnose respiratory-related disease processes
  • Performing ECGs on cardiac patients in both the emergency department and other patient care areas
  • Harvesting and analyzing arterial blood to provide laboratory feedback to physicians
  • Participating on the resuscitation team and attending patient emergencies

As part of these procedures, respiratory therapists educate the patients and their families regarding therapy.


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.

Tuition and financial aid

Tuition rates are determined by and paid to the college or university at which you are enrolled. Mayo Clinic charges no additional fees.

You are responsible for your living accommodations and transportation.

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