FSW Respiratory Care Program Grads Overcome COVID-19 Challenges, Earn 100% Pass Rate for Third Consecutive Year

AUGUST 20, 2020 – FORT MYERS, FLA – For the third consecutive year, 100% of the graduates of Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Respiratory Care program have passed their certification exams to earn the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential. There were 13 graduates in the class of 2020. To earn the credential, graduates must pass two certification exams that must be completed at least three days apart.

“This group of graduates faced unusual challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jean Newberry, FSW Respiratory Care program director. “From March through June, they had to complete the program virtually via Zoom. They then had to travel across the state of Florida to find testing locations that were still open to take their two exams. We are always proud of all of our graduates, but this group is a true example of how to overcome challenges to reach your goals.”

To learn more about FSW’s Respiratory Care program, visit https://www.fsw.edu/academics/programs/asrespiratorycare.


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.

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