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

  • An overall college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater.
  • A minimum grade of "C" in all prerequisite courses is required. Prerequisite courses may only be repeated once to achieve the minimum grade of "C". 

Preferred Criteria

  • An overall college GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • A program prerequisite GPA of 2.8 or greater.
  • Completion of prerequisite courses is not required for application to the program, but students must have a reasonable plan for completion by the start date of the program.
  • Additional consideration is given to
  • Currency of the course work
  • Successful completion of a semester of 9 hours or more with at least a "C" average
  • Healthcare courses successfully completed beyond the minimum requirements
  • Candidates who have completed a certificate or degree

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. 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.