Respiratory Therapy Admissions

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The Respiratory Therapy program at RCC is limited enrollment, meaning admission is not guaranteed. Minimum admission requirements must first be completed in order to be considered for the program. Click on the sections below to learn more.

Respiratory Therapy

Fall 2024 Admissions Information

Application Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2024 @ 12pm

Admissions Requirements

Respiratory Therapy Minimum Requirements

  • Complete the RCC admissions process ( apply to RCC, submit all transcripts)
  • Completed  BIO 168 and BIO 169 or BIO 163 with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in BIO 169 in the Summer 2024 semester.)
  • Completed  CHM 131  (with lab CHM 131A ),  CHM 151 or MAT 143 or higher with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in CHM 131 /A or CHM 151 in the Summer 2024 semester.)
  • Eligible to take ENG 111 without a co-requisite.
  • Have a 2.8 GPA or higher from all completed pre-requisite and general education courses. GPA calculation includes:
  • Be in Satisfactory Academic Standing with Rockingham Community College (2.0 or higher RCC cumulative GPA). 
  • Essay – One page, double spaced, typed statement responding to the following questions:
    • What makes you a strong candidate for the Respiratory Therapy program at Rockingham Community College?
    • What is the biggest challenge you will face in the Respiratory Therapy program?

Important Information

It is your responsibility to read this page and the information it contains. You must meet all requirements to be considered for acceptance; however, completion of these items does not guarantee acceptance to the entering class.

Application Steps

  • Read the Admissions Requirements (above) and complete the Minimum Admissions Requirements. This includes applying to RCC and submitting all official transcripts to the Admissions Office. NOTE: Current RCC students do not need to submit a new RCC application.
  • Complete the  Respiratory Therapy Candidate Review Form  online. The Candidate Review Form will open Friday, December 15, 2023. Candidate Review Forms, including all application materials, must be submitted by Friday, July 26, 2024 at 12:00pm.
  • Monitor your email for your Candidate Review Form status. Candidate Review Forms will be processed as soon as possible upon submission. You will be notified via email whether your form has been successfully submitted to the Respiratory Therapy Department or if a follow-up meeting with RCC Admissions is required prior to processing your form:
    • Submitted Candidate Review Forms that are complete and meet all minimum requirements will be processed and forwarded to the Respiratory Therapy Department for review. No further action from the student is required in this case.
    • Candidates missing requirements or that need additional verification will be required to schedule a follow-up appointment. Candidates will receive the link to schedule an appointment by email. This appointment is required before the application will be processed and forwarded to the Respiratory Therapy Department for review.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Respiratory Therapy Program Director, Angela Pruitt (

Application Timeline

Complete RDS and RCC applicationJuly 26, 2024
Submit high school/GED transcript and all college transcripts July 26, 2024
Submit Respiratory Therapy Candidate Review Form July 26, 2024
Meet with Respiratory Therapy Program Director (appointment required)July 26, 2024

Information Sessions

Information Session Details

Respiratory Therapy Information Sessions are optional, but highly encouraged. Sessions begin at time listed and will last approximately one hour. Please log into the Zoom session at least 10 minutes before the start time.

Zoom links are provided in the registration confirmation email (registration links below).

2023-2024 Respiratory Therapy Information Session Dates

October 17, 20231:00pmZoom Click here to register
November 15, 20235:30pmZoom Click here to register
December 7, 20232:00pmZoom Click here to register
January 9, 20241:00pmZoom Click here to register
February 7, 20245:30pmZoom Click here to register
March 14, 20242:00pmZoom Click here to register
April 9, 20241:00pmZoom Click here to register
May 8, 20242:00pmZoom Click here to register

GPA Calculator

General education GPA is calculated using the following courses:

Use the following link to calculate your general education GPA:

RCC Respiratory Therapy GPA Calculator

Program Information

RCC Respiratory Therapy Program Goal:

To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).


The Rockingham Community College Respiratory Therapy Program, CoARC program # 200459, AAS, in Wentworth, NC is accredited by the   Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
264 Precision Blvd.
Telford, TN 37690
(817) 283-2835
CoARC Programmatic Outcomes

CoARC accredits respiratory therapy education programs in the United States.  To achieve this end, it utilizes an ‘outcomes based’ process.  Programmatic outcomes are performance indicators that reflect the extent to which the educational goals of the program are achieved and by which program effectiveness is documented. The link listed above provides potential applicants and the public detailed data regarding student/graduate outcomes of this program and all other programs accredited by the (CoARC) Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Important Information

It is your responsibility to read this page and the information it contains in its entirety. You must meet all requirements to be considered for acceptance; however, completion of these tasks does not guarantee acceptance to the Fall 2024 entering class.

Please review the  Credit Programs Catalog  for more information on policies and procedures for this program and for Rockingham Community College.

Please review the   Respiratory Therapy Performance Standards. Submitting a Respiratory Therapy Candidate Review form indicates your understanding of these standards.

Respiratory Therapy Candidate Review Form must be submitted by July 26, 2024. We will begin accepting Candidate Review Forms on Friday, December 15, 2023.

Applicants must attend a Candidate Review Appointment on Zoom to review and finalize their application. Candidate Review Appointments will take place through July 26, 2024. The link to schedule an appointment will be provided upon submission of the Candidate Review Form.

Clinical Compliance Policy

The Respiratory Therapy Program provides learning opportunities for students in an array of clinical learning environments. To comply with program policies, state and local regulations for healthcare providers, and in the interest of your own personal safety, the safety of your patients, and the potential liability to both the college and clinical agency, there are significant compliance requirements that must be met in order to enter the clinical area.  

Applicants are expected to review the  Compliance Policy for Clinical Placement  prior to application to the program.


Rockingham Community College
PO Box 38
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd.
Wentworth, NC 27375


Monday to Thursday:
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


336-349-9986 (fax)