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Admission Criteria - Respiratory Care

Admission requirements for the Respiratory Care program selection process.


Applications are due March 15 for the following Fall start date.

We will evaluate your application after the deadline, provided you submitted all required documentation. The following criteria will be used to determine your final ranking and selection:

Academic Requirements

  • A cumulative JCCC grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater.
  • A minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisite courses is required.
  • Submission of High School or GED transcript.
  • Submission of each previous college transcripts with coursework to be used toward the Respiratory Care degree program. It is the student’s responsibility to request a copy of all college transcripts, other that JCCC, be sent to JCCC Admissions to verify completion of prerequisite courses and previously obtained certificates and degrees.
  • Submission of the Background Consent Form.
  • Instructions for international students

Ranking Criteria

  • Completion of Intermediate Algebra or higher
  • Number of completed prerequisite courses (Completion of prerequisite courses is not required for application to the program, but must be completed by the start of the program).
  • Currency of the prerequisite course work
  • Healthcare courses successfully completed beyond the minimum requirements (for example HC 101 or Medical Terminology)Candidates who have completed a certificate or degree (for example CNA, EMT, Pharm Tech, AS, BS)

Actively Learn About the Profession

  • All candidates should contact the respiratory care office prior to the application process to discuss the nature and expectations of program and professional activities.
  • Another source of information is the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

Background Check and Drug Screen

Once potential applicants have been accepted into the program, a background check and drug screen must be completed.

The Disclosure and Consent for Background Check form is contained within the application.

Once the selection process is complete, the program office will follow up with instructions on how to initiate the background check and make payment to Validity Screening Solutions for the background check and use of their Document Management System (DMS). The results of the background check must be available to the program director before confirming the final selection. Any flagged records are reviewed on a case-by-case situation and may prevent acceptance to the program.