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Respiratory Therapy Students

Prehealth Respiratory Therapy (A10300RT)

Associate in General Education

The Associate in General Education (AGE) curriculum is designed for individuals wishing to broaden their education, with emphasis on personal interest, growth, and development. The AGE-Prehealth curriculum is specifically designed for students who are attempting to enter a competitive health science program. Courses offered in the curriculum provide a foundation for success and meet general education requirements in the health science programs. Completion of this program does not guarantee admission to any academic program.

The Health Science programs at RCC have a competitive admissions process and do not directly admit students. Students interested in Respiratory Therapy are placed in A10300RT to take required general education courses for competitive admission to the program. Academic advisors will assist you in creating an education plan and timeline for admission so that you may complete your general education courses and know the requirements for the competitive admissions process for your respective health science program.

Program Requirements 

Respiratory Therapy (A45720)

The Respiratory Therapy curriculum prepares individuals to function as respiratory therapists through demonstrated competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains of respiratory care practice. Graduates perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with exposure to current and emerging practice settings.

The curriculum prepares graduates to operate within inter-professional teams and effectively communicate with clients/patients of various ages, ethnicities, and cultures. Application of problem solving strategies, applying ethical decision making, and understanding professional responsibilities are emphasized.

Graduates are eligible to complete the credentialing process through the National Board for Respiratory Care, which will qualify them for a license to practice in a variety of healthcare settings with responsibilities for assessment, treatment, management and education of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases.

NOTE: The Respiratory Therapy program is a limited-enrollment program. Eligible applicants are admitted on a space available basis to the program in the fall semester, provided they have met both general and program admission requirements and are offered admission. Individuals who are interested in the program must follow instructions and meet all requirements found on the Respiratory Therapy Admissions Information page.

Pre-Health Sciences Requirements

Degree Requirements

Please complete the following four steps to complete the admissions process.


Step 1: Complete an RCC Application for Admission.


Step 2: Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to enter RCC’s school code: 002958.


Step 3: Request an OFFICIAL transcript from your high school/GED and all colleges attended. You may bring sealed copies of your transcripts to us, or institutions can send transcripts directly to RCC’s Admissions Office.


Step 4: Come by our office in person to speak with an admissions counselor who will discuss your program of study and placement test requirements

See the RCC Catalog for more information.