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Learn about Respiratory Care program prerequisites, application process, selection, financial aid and more.

We highly recommend you meet with a JCCC counselor to review your transcripts before applying to the program. They will also provide information on prerequisites, registration, financial aid, and scholarships.  To make a counseling appointment, email or call 913-469-3809.  When transcripts are evaluated and a prerequisite course equivalent is not granted during the transfer process, the Counselor will re-evaluate then submit the Course Substitution Request to that particular department for approval. Without the official Course Substitution, we may assume you did not successfully complete that prerequisite.  If you have additional questions or want to schedule a meeting with program personnel, contact our office at or 913-469-2583.

The application is available online in early December with a submission deadline of March 15 each year.  Go to the JCCC Respiratory Care Application Instructions webpage and click on the “Current JCCC Students” blue box to access the application. The application includes a written essay questionnaire.  After applying, monitor your MyJCCC account, personal admission plan and student email for application status or incomplete items.

You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, complete a JCCC application for admission, and have a reasonable plan for completion of all prerequisites before the program begins in the fall semester. Sign the Disclosure and Consent for Background Check form and complete all required information on the application.  Official transcripts from all previous colleges attended need to be sent directly to JCCC.  To be eligible for the program, the program application and all documents, including transcripts, must be received by the application deadline.

All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher, and each can only be repeated once to achieve a minimum grade of “C” to be used in the program application.  Pass or Fail grade options will not be accepted for prerequisites.  The following program prerequisites total 13 credits:

  • BIOL 144 Human Anatomy and Physiology OR BIOL 140 Human Anatomy AND BIOL 225 Human Physiology
  • CHEM 122 Principles of Chemistry (NOTE: CHEM 124/125 General Chemistry I/Lab will satisfy the CHEM 122 requirement.)
  • ENGL 121 Composition I

We require all prerequisites to be finished before the program starts.  You may still apply with prerequisites outstanding.  If you are accepted and cannot successfully complete the prerequisites, you will not be eligible for enrollment into the program and will need to reapply after completing the classes.

Students must enroll in the corequisite class or have completed it prior to starting the RC program.  If completed before entering the program, it will allow for a lighter course load.

RC is a two-year program with the summer off between the first and second years.  Classes vary by semester.   First and second semester classes meet 2 days a week, about 14 hours each week (9 a.m.-4 p.m.).  In the third and fourth semesters, students complete 24 hours of clinical time each week.  In addition to clinical, students will have class all day Tuesday in the third semester and Tuesday morning in the fourth semester.

Selective admission means that not everyone who applies is selected into the program.  We have approximately 65 applicants each year but can only accommodate 16-18 based on clinical site availability.  The selective admissions process for the Respiratory Care program consists of the program application with a written essay questionnaire, academic performance review, and an interview with program personnel.

We interview twice as many applicants as we have clinical positions available.  We interview up to 36 students to select the final 16-18 students for the cohort.

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

  • Cumulative GPA.
  • Number of completed prerequisite courses by application deadline. Completion of prerequisite courses is not required for application to the program, but they must be completed by the start of the program.
  • Academic record demonstrating ability to handle a significant course load successfully.
  • Healthcare courses (e.g. Introduction to Healthcare Delivery, Medical Terminology, etc.) successfully completed beyond the minimum requirements.
  • Completion of a healthcare certificate or degree with submitted proof prior to the application deadline (for example: CNA, EMT, Pharmacy Technician, or other approved healthcare certifications, AS, BS).

It takes about two to three weeks after the application deadline for us to score applications and notify applicants of their status. We conduct interviews and make our selections soon after. We contact all applicants by JCCC student email and ask that you monitor your JCCC stumail for any updates.

You will receive information about the interview process in emails from the program.  The JCCC Career Development Center conducts a Selective Admissions workshop for students to learn more about the process.  For more information, contact the Career Development Center at or call 913-469-3870.

The structure of the program is for four semesters of coursework over two years.  The classes, group work, study time and clinical rotations necessary do not allow for part-time enrollment.

The program is designed to allow students to work part-time and have other obligations.

This varies by student and is based on need.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance at 913-469-3840 or  Visit the Financial Aid web page for more information.

If offered a place in the program after interviews, you will need to confirm your intent to accept by the deadline given.  Once applicants have been granted preliminary acceptance into the program, instructions will be emailed on how to initiate the required document management system, background check and drug screen, health record packet, Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate, Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) verification, and shadowing experience.  For details on required tasks and contingencies, visit the Acceptance to the Program section on the JCCC Respiratory Care Admission Criteria webpage. August 2 is the deadline to complete all onboarding tasks.  Contact the RC program office at with any questions or concerns during this process.