Admission Requirements

General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy degree program. For the AS in Respiratory Therapy program, the application deadline is January 1 and July 1.

Applicants interested in this program are required to visit the college and meet individually with an admissions representative and program faculty to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Prospective students declaring AS Respiratory Therapy as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements to be considered for full admission to the program:

  1. Complete the South College AS in Respiratory Therapy program application by the stated deadline above.
  2. Submit documentation of a minimum high school and/or college cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.*
  3. Meet minimum score requirements on the college entrance examination, OR present documentation of a score of 19 or higher on the ACT Assessment examination, OR present documentation of a 900 combined score or higher on the SAT I examination OR meet the South College requirements for admission as a transfer student.
  4. Complete Anatomy & Physiology I and II (lecture & lab); Microbiology (lecture & lab), College Algebra; and Medical Terminology. A minimum grade of “C” or better in a maximum of two attempts completed at South College is required in each.*
  5. Meet specific health and/or essential functions pertinent to the responsibilities performed by the Respiratory Therapist. Drug screening is required by clinical affiliates. Failure to pass the screen may disqualify a student as a candidate for admission.
  6. Be able to commit to full attendance and participation in a rigorous educational program that requires class attendance, significant out-of-class preparation time, and clinical education assignments off-campus.

*Each of these areas is used to rank applicants for full-program admission. If minimum standards are met by more applying students than clinical seats, these rankings determine program admission.