Respiratory Therapy Admission Guidelines

Flanagan Campus

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Minimum requirements to apply to the Respiratory Therapy Program:

  1. CCRI application - Complete and submit a CCRI Application for Enrollment. General Studies should be first choice; RESP should be second choice.
  2. High school transcript - Send an official copy of an accredited high school transcript or GED, including date of graduation must be provided. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university, the high school transcript may be waived; college transcript must indicate completion and degree awarded.
  3. Placement testing - Complete a standardized test (ACCUPLACER) issued by CCRI’s Department of Advising and Counseling.
    • Reading comprehension test must show competency score of 90 or better or a grade of A in ENGL 0890 or a Bachelor's degree.
  4. Complete courses required for admission with a grade of C or better:
    • ENGL 1010: Composition I (ENGL 1300 will not substitute for ENGL 1010)
    • MATH 1200: College Algebra (MATH 1025 and MATH 1175 also meet this requirement)
    • RESP 1000: Introduction to Respiratory Therapy
    • BIOL 1010: Human Anatomy
    • CHEM 1010: Survey of Biomedical Chemistry (CHEM 1180: Health Science Chemistry I or CHEM 1030: General Chemistry also meet this requirement)
  5. GPA - A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college courses.
  6. PBHS Health Sciences application - Complete and submit an online Performance-Based Health Sciences application during the open enrollment period. Deadlines are listed on the form. (

All the above requirements must be met satisfactorily BEFORE submission of the Performance-Based Health Sciences application and does not guarantee acceptance. Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester offered must resubmit a Performance-Based Health Sciences application for the program and meet the current admission requirements. Once accepted into the program, the student must attend a mandatory meeting conducted by the Allied Health Department.

Background Check - Students are required to submit a background check when directed by notification from Enrollment Services.

Policies for the Respiratory Therapy Program after acceptance:

  • Applicants must have a physical examination and the required immunizations completed prior to the beginning of the Respiratory Therapy program.
  • Students also must have a current CPR card (American Heart Association, Health Care Provider level) obtained through an AHA recognized community training center (Course is also available at CCRI – HEAL 0200).

Please note: Requirements are subject to change.

For more information: or contact the Office of Enrollment Services:

Ellen Schulte, Sr. Admissions Recruiter, Knight Campus,: 401-825-1091,

If more specific information is needed, contact Amy Chaves, Respiratory Therapy Program Director, 401-333-7024, or

RESP Program Admission Criteria Point System

The performance-based acceptance process is based on the performance indicators identified for the Respiratory Therapy Program. A point system, based on the admissions guidelines, has been assigned to the performance criteria.

The criteria for the incoming Fall class will include:

  • Grades in BIOL 1010, CHEM 1010 and MATH 1200 (or MATH 1025 or MATH 1175) (prerequisite admission courses)
  • Number of required general education courses completed
  • Reading score/degree completion
  • Tie-breaker points: grades in general education courses
  1. Grades in the following prerequisite admission courses using the following scale:
    • A = 40 points
    • A- = 37 points
    • B+ = 33 points
    • B = 30 points
    • B- = 27 points
    • C+ = 23 points
    • C = 20 points

    Grade in BIOL 1010                              Maximum: 40
    Grade in CHEM 1010 or 1030 or 1180 Maximum: 40
    Grade in MATH 1200, 1025 or 1175     Maximum: 40

                                                                                Maximum points = 120
  2. Number of general education courses completed:
    BIOL 1020                               Maximum: 10 
    BIOL 2210                               Maximum: 10 
    PSYC 2010                             Maximum: 10       Maximum points = 30
  3. Reading score/degree completion:
    Score of 90 or better                                                                                or                                                                                                            A grade of A in ENGL 0890                                                                    or                                                                                                          Bachelor's degree                   Maximum: 5        Maximum points = 5                                                                                              ACCUPLACER test may be taken no more than three times                                                                                                                                                                                               Maximum Point Total = 155

Tie breaker:

In the event of a tie in the performance rating, students who are tied and have completed BIOL 1020 will receive preference over those who have not. In the event of a tie, grades for the required general education courses that are completed will also be considered. Students will receive points for grades in these courses using the scale used for the prerequisite admission courses.

Grade in ENGL 1010 Maximum: 40
Grade in BIOL 1010 Maximum: 40
Grade in BIOL 2210 Maximum: 40
Grade in PSYC 2010 Maximum: 40

Credits granted through AP, CLEP, challenge exams or assessment of prior learning will be recognized as satisfying course requirements and will be assigned points equivalent to a grade of B.

***A student with a baccalaureate degree or higher may still be required to complete an ACCUPLACER Test depending on the prerequisites for individual general education courses.***

Please review the Department of Health website to learn about licensing requirements for the health sciences professions. A Social Security number may be required to begin the licensing process for the health professions.

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Last Updated: 1/29/19