School of Allied Health Sciences
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About the Division of Cardiopulmonary Science

Cardiopulmonary Science (CPS), also known as respiratory therapy, is an allied health profession that provides for the diagnosis, treatment, management, preventive care, and rehabilitation of patients with cardiopulmonary abnormalities.

Patients who have asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, and coronary heart disease are commonly evaluated and treated by respiratory therapists. Respiratory therapists work with patients in the critical care unit, emergency room, newborn nursery, outpatient clinic and critical care transport.

Working with physicians and other health professionals respiratory therapists assess the health status of clients; manage complex diagnostic and life support systems; operate and maintain sophisticated monitoring devices; and routinely administer medications, as well as perform other procedures.

Florida A&M University changed the program name from respiratory therapy to cardiopulmonary science in 1998. The CPS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) #200321.

Commission on Accreditation
for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, Texas 76021-4244
(817) 283-2835

Cardiopulmonary and Respiratory Links
Official CoARC Communication - Outcomes Data Published:

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP)

National Society of Allied Health (NSAH)

Contact Info

334 Palmer Ave
Lewis-Beck Building Suite 306
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

P: 850.599.3818
F: 850.561.2457