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Respiratory Therapy - Admission Criteria

Admissions Criteria

The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Applications must be completed and submitted and supporting documents must be received no later than April 1 of the same year. If all slots have not been filled after the above deadline, there may be extensions to the deadline. Please check with the Admissions Office about the status of the program.

PHASE I - To be completed by April 1

The applicant must:

  1. If you are not currently enrolled at SCC, complete an application to the college. Designate Respiratory Therapy AAS Degree (A45720) as the program of interest. If you are a current student, see Admissions to complete a change of major form if you wish to apply to this program..
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale of the most recent academic transcript (high school or postsecondary).
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College placement requirements. This may be met by one of the following:

    a. High school GPA of 2.8 or higher within the past 10 years

    b. High school GPA of 2.2-2.79 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after successful completion of ENG 111 and MAT 143 and their corresponding corequisites. This is a required corequisite for the program.

    c. High school GPA of below 2.2 within the past 10 years: student will be eligible for admission after completion of required transition English and math courses.

    d. High school graduation prior to the past 10 years: student will be eligible for Phase II of the selective admission process after successful completion of the RISE placement test or the required transition English and math courses.

  6. Complete a minimum of 6 hours of observation time in Respiratory Therapy at a health care facility. A form for documenting is available from the program advisor. It is the prospective students responsibility to obtain necessary documentation of attendance and return to the admissions office. It is the student's responsibility to schedule your observation visits. If you have questions about possible sites, please get approved list from program advisor. 
  7. Must take the TEAS-Allied Health Exam. The TEAS-Allied Health exam must have been taken within the past three years and may only be taken once per academic year.  This is not a pass or fail test. It is used to measure your potential to be successful in the program. For more information, visit


Those individuals who have completed all parts of Phase I by the appropriate deadlines will be scheduled for a personal interview. Applicants will be notified of date and time.


Those individuals who are notified of acceptance status will be provided with SCC health forms to be completed by the appropriate medical personnel. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program. The deadline for submitting the completed forms to the program director is Aug. 1.


  1. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the Registrar's Office.
  2. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  3. Applicants may take non-respiratory care, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  4. All students admitted into a health science program will be required to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug testing, prior to, enrollment each academic year. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  5. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams.

Academic Standards:

The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance in accordance with program policies. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program. 

Upon completion of the program graduates will be eligible to take the national exams and may apply for a state license to practice.

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