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 2023 Admissions Information

Application Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2023 @ 4pm

Admissions Requirements

Respiratory Therapy Minimum Requirements

  • Complete the RCC admissions process ( apply to RCC, submit all transcripts)
  • Completed  BIO 168 and BIO 169  with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in BIO 169 in the Summer 2023 semester.)
  • Completed  CHM 131  (with lab CHM 131A ) or  CHM 151 with a grade of “C” or higher. (Applicants may be enrolled in CHM 131 /A or CHM 151 in the Summer 2023 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 16, 2022. Candidate Review Forms, including all application materials, must be submitted by Wednesday, July 19, 2023.
  • 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 applicationJuly19, 2023
Submit high school/GED transcript and all college transcripts July19, 2023
Submit Respiratory Therapy Candidate Review Form July19, 2023
Meet with Respiratory Therapy Program Director (appointment required)July19, 2023

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).

2022-2023 Respiratory Therapy Information Session Dates

Thursday, October 20, 202212:00pmZoom Click here to register
Monday, November 7, 20222:00pmZoom Click here to register
Thursday, December 1, 202211:00amZoom Click here to register
Monday, December 12, 20222:00pmZoom Click here to register
Thursday, January 5, 20236:00pmZoom Click here to register
Wednesday, February 8, 20232:00pmZoom Click here to register
Thursday, March 9, 202312:00pmZoom Click here to register
Monday, April 17, 202312:00pmZoom Click here to register
Tuesday, May 9, 20232:00pmZoom Click here to register
Monday, June 12, 202311:00amZoom 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 2022 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 19, 2023. We will begin accepting Candidate Review Forms on Friday, December 17, 2022.

Applicants must attend a Candidate Review Appointment on Zoom to review and finalize their application. Candidate Review Appointments will take place between January 19, 2022 and July 19, 2023. 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
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)