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Respiratory Therapist

Program Admission and Application

Students are strongly encouraged to speak with a Health Sciences Advisor every semester to help stay on track and be prepared to apply. 

Admission to the Respiratory Therapist Program professional courses is by a special application procedure. The only entry to the professional courses is the fall of each year. 

The application period is February 1 through May 1.  A link to the application will be found on this page only during the application period

Completed applications and all requested documents must be returned to the Health Sciences Division Office by May 1 at 5:00pm.  Late applications will not be accepted. 

1.  Apply to Rose State College (if not currently enrolled).
  • Applicants must be admitted to the college through the Admissions office before application to the Respiratory Therapist Program can be made.
  • Official college transcripts(s) of coursework not completed at Rose State College must be submitted to the Admissions office.
  • Submit a request for a degree audit for the Respiratory Therapist Program. (Only required if the student has out-of-state credits) Information regarding the degree audit and how to submit can be accessed at https://www.rose.edu/content/admissions-aid/admissions-records/degree-audit/.
2.  Submit the Respiratory Therapist application to include:
  • College Transcript copies from all institutions, including Rose State College. You may request a “true copy” when you submit these to the Admissions office.
  • Next-Generation Accuplacer test results: Writing, Reading, and Pre-Algebra. All applicants must take the Accuplacer exams within three (3) years prior to application. Obtain official copies of your scores from the Admissions office.

Information about Accuplacer testing can be found at: https://www.rose.edu/content/admissions-aid/enrollment-and-specialized-testing/accuplacer/

3.  Orientation Session:  Attendance is mandatory and the session will be held after the application period. The date for this session will be provided in the application packet. Program faculty and current students will convey important information during the two-hour orientation. Applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Selection Process

Twenty-two students are selected each year.  Applicants are numerically ranked based upon the point scale below. A mandatory orientation session is scheduled following the application deadline and prior to the selection of a class.

All applicants are notified by mail of their admission status after June 1.

Criteria for Program Selection

All applicants are reviewed by the criteria listed below. The highest numerically ranked applicants are selected.

There are 100 total points possible. The minimum number of points needed for acceptance will vary each year based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool. 

Selection Criteria
General Education GPA
ENGL 1113 English Comp I
ENGL 1213 English Comp II
HIST 1483 US History to 1877 (or)
HIST 1493 US History since 1877
POLS 1113 American Federal Government
PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology
GPA
3.6-4.0
3.0-3.59
2.50-2.99
2.0-2.49
< 2.0

Points
20
15
10
5
not eligible

Support and Related Courses GPA
HSBC 1113 Medical Terminology
HSBC 2114 Human Anatomy
CHEM 1114 Introductory Chemistry
BIOL 2424 Human Physiology
HSBC 1224 Intro to Clinical Microbiology
GPA
3.6 – 4.0
3.0-3.59
2.50-2.99
2.0-2.49
Points
25
20
15
10

ACCUPLACER -- Pre-Algebra (Math 1)





Score
281 – 300 
266 – 280 
250 – 265
< 250
Points
15
10
5
not eligible
ACCUPLACER -- Reading





Score
281 – 300
266 – 280 
250 – 265
< 250
Points
10
7
4
not eligible
ACCUPLACER -- Writing





Score
281 – 300 
266 – 280 
250 – 265
< 250
Points
10
7
4
not eligible
Healthcare Experience
One year or more of direct patient care
One year or more of related medical experience
Less than a year in a medical profession or medical volunteer experience or respiratory shadowing
Points
5
3
1.5
Prior Education
Master's or Bachelor Degree 
Associate Degree or medical certificate
Points
7
3.5
Residence
Completed coursework (grade "C" or higher) completed by application period.
Points
3
Mandatory Orientation Session
To be scheduled after application deadline
Points
5