The SLCC Respiratory Therapy Program is committed to providing its students with the education necessary to prepare them for a successful career in respiratory therapy. In order to achieve this goal, changes within the program have been implemented at the direction of the industry representatives on the Program Advisory Committee as well as based on advice from College partners within 4-year academic Respiratory Therapy programs.  These changes are designed to better position program graduates to meet their licensure, employment and future academic goals. 

Those who are interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Academic Advisor serving this program, Angela Harvey.  Students may use the following link to schedule an appointment:  The Program Director, Crissi Stokes MPH, RRT-NPS is an excellent resource for questions specific to curriculum and the field of Respiratory Therapy.  Students may schedule a time by emailing her at

Applications for admission to the Respiratory Therapy Program are only accepted during open submission periods. Please see the School of Health Sciences Application Submission Dates for current submission dates.

All communication will be through SLCC Bruinmail. If you are not checking it (or haven't forwarded it to your personal email) you may miss important information. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information.

If you have any questions about the application process, please call the Health Sciences Admissions Office at 801-957-6253.

Apply for admission at SLCC as a matriculated student (if you have not attended SLCC within the last three years). Declare your major as Pre-Medical & Health Sciences. Meet early with a program Academic Advisor to make sure you’re on track to complete all program prerequisites and submission requirements before applying to the Respiratory Therapy program.


Prerequisite courses may still be in progress when you submit your application. However, your application will not be considered complete and therefore no acceptance/denial will be determined until after the grades for the prerequisite courses have been posted. Your final grades will be assessed at the end of the semester and your acceptance into the program will be based on your grades being high enough to meet the program’s selection requirements.

The following courses and labs (or equivalent transfer credit, AP or CLEP) must be completed prior to the  start date of the Respiratory Therapy Program. Each course and lab must be completed, with a C grade or better. Courses that have not been completed with a C grade or better will not be considered. BIOL 2320/2325 & CHEM 1110 must have been completed within seven years of the start of the program. 

Course Number Course Description Credit Hours
ENGL 1010* Introduction to Writing 3
MATH 1010** or higher  Integrated Algebra  4
COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication 3
BIOL 2320 & 2325*** Human Anatomy & Anatomy Lab 4
CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry 4
RESP 1010**** Introduction to Respiratory Therapy 2
Total Credits 20

The following courses are no longer program prerequisites.  If you have taken them, please meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss how courses may be applied toward degree completion.

  • COMM 1010 Elements of Effective Communication (Will no longer be required as prerequisite, but may be an approved substitution.)
  • CHEM 1010 Introduction to Chemistry (Will no longer be required as prerequisite.)

*APA Referencing section highly suggested.

**MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate placement score into MATH 1050 is a prerequisite to CHEM 1110.

***BIOL 1610 & 1615 are not required for transfer students who have previously completed Human Anatomy w/ Lab or Human Physiology w/Lab with a “C” grade, or better. If you are taking BIOL 2320 & 2325 and/or BIOL 2420 & 2425 at SLCC, you must take BIOL 1610 & 1615 first.

****Introduction to Respiratory Therapy (RESP 1010) will be available beginning Summer 2019.

Take The HESI Health Sciences Pre-Admission Exam

  • Tests must be scheduled at least one week in advance.
  • You must pass with a minimum benchmark score of 75% in all areas of assessment, except for the critical thinking section, which requires a minimum score of 70%.
  • To raise your score, you may retake the exam up to three times (with the exception of the critical thinking module, which may only be taken twice) after a two week remediation period.
  • You are allowed to take the exam up to three times within a two year period, except for the critical thinking section which may only be taken twice in a two year period.
  • HESI scores are valid for two years.

Schedule HESI Exam

Background Check and Compliance Package

Beginning Fall 2019, purchasing a Complio account/Background check and fulfilling the immunization/CPR requirements, will no longer be required for admission purposes.  If you are accepted into the program, you will need to purchase both the Compliance Package account and the Criminal Background Check AND begin working towards fulfilling all of the immunization/CPR requirements as soon as possible.  **The Hepatitis B immunization requirements can take 6 months or longer to complete.

To order a Criminal Background Check Package and a Compliance Package (which includes immunization and CPR tracking):

  1. Go to Complio
  2. Follow the instructions to set up an account.
  3. Order the Criminal Background Check Package ($29.00) and the Compliance Package ($15.00). The compliance package is a 12-month subscription that will need to be renewed every 12 months that you are in the program at a cost of $15.00.

Drug Screening

Do not order the Drug Screening Package at this time. We will notify you at a later date to purchase a Drug Screening Package. If you go ahead and order it at this time, SLCC will not reimburse you and you will have to order and pay for it again at a later date.

The Immunization and CPR Compliance Package must be completed with documentation submitted to the American DataBank Complio site within the deadline dates indicated in the package.

Criminal Background Checks are required for admissions. You assume the risk if your criminal background check is not clear. If you do not pass the background check, you may not be accepted into the program, which may result in withdrawal from the program after the tuition refund deadline has passed.

It is strongly recommended that prospective Respiratory Therapy students take measures to have criminal offenses (felonies and or misdemeanors) expunged or sealed from your record if possible.


In your Compliance Package, you must provide proof of the following immunizations:

  1. Annual Influenza Vaccination:
    Generally given September-February. Students must provide proof of the Influenza vaccination or submit a signed declination. (You may be required by a clinical site to have the influenza vaccination).
  2. Tuberculosis Skin or Blood Test: Required Annually
    Proof of a negative 2-step PPD or QuantiFERON TB Gold test or T-SPOT.TB; if positive or you have had a past positive test, you must submit a negative chest x-ray. This requirement also includes international students who have had the BCG immunization. X-ray results are good for one year. If you choose to do a PPD please know that the PPD is a 2-step test, the 1st step must be done no sooner than the dates specified in Complio and the 2nd step is required within 1 - 3 weeks after the 1st step is read. Results are good for 1 year. (Please note that a 2 step PPD test requires 4 office visits, 1. Test is administered 2. Test is read 3. 2nd test is administered 4. Test is read.) The annual TB test would be a 1-step PPD, QuantiFERON or T-SPOT.
  3. Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) Booster:
    Tdap booster is good for 10 years. TD will be given subsequent to Tdap.
  4. Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):
    Proof of two doses or positive titer (blood draw) on all three. Equivocal results are not acceptable; you must test in the positive range if you choose to do a titer. NOTE: If given to adult females, since this is a live virus, you cannot be pregnant at the time you receive the immunization and you must avoid pregnancy for 3 months after administration.
  5. Varicella (Chicken Pox):
    Proof of two doses or a positive titer (blood draw). Stating you had the disease is not acceptable. Varicella immunizations are expensive, if you had the disease it is recommended to start with a less expensive titer first for proof of immunity before starting the immunizations.
  6. Hepatitis B vaccination series:
    You must provide proof of a Hep B titer (blood draw) with a positive (reactive) result. If your titer is negative (non-reactive) or equivocal you will need to reinitiate the three shot series and provide proof of that series and a repeat titer. The series of shots can take up to 6 months so please plan ahead so this does not delay or jeopardize your admissions and clinical placement.
  7. Hepatitis A vaccination series: Highly recommended but not required.
    Proof of a two dose series or a positive titer. If you start the series, you must complete it.

The SLCC Center for Health and Counseling offers immunizations at a discounted rate for students who are low income. For a discounted rate, take your previous income tax return or your last 30 days pay stubs. Some clinical facilities may require additional immunizations.

Changes based on CDC recommendations, see below links:

All immunization information is subject to change. Please contact us at 801-957-6253 if you have questions.

CPR Certification

Only American Heart Association Two-Year BLS Providers will be accepted. Must be kept current throughout the program.

BLS Provider

The new BLS Course replaces the BLS for Healthcare Providers (BLS HCP) and BLS for Prehospital Providers (BLS PHP) courses. The BLS Course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in- and out-of-hospital settings. This course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques. Provider cards are available exclusively to authorized TCs for issuance in accordance with the AKA policy.


Quality Control Checkpoints

  • issue date beginning February 16, 2016
  • Valid until further notice
  • Renewal date 2 years from month of issue

BLS Healthcare Provider

The BLS for Healthcare providers and BLS for Prehospital Providers Courses have been replaced by the 2016 BLS Course.


Quality Control Checkpoints

  • Issue date beginning March 23, 2011
  • Valid until April 16, 2018
  • Not valid for issue after April 16, 2016, and is superseded by card 15-1805
  • Renewal date 2 years from month of issue

All program applicants must be at least 18 years old (by the start of the program).

To apply to the SLCC Respiratory Therapy Program, complete the following steps:

  • MySLCC
  • Academics & Records
  • Program Admissions
  • Respiratory Therapy

(Respiratory Therapy will only appear in menu during open application periods)

Notification of Acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance into the Respiratory Therapy program via your Bruinmail account. If you are accepted to a program a confirmation email will be required, please read all emails carefully and thoroughly to make sure you don't miss any information. You will receive further instructions regarding your student orientation as well as a random drug screening.

Do not order the Drug Screening Package at this time. We will notify you at a later date to purchase a Drug Screening Package. If you go ahead and order it at this time, SLCC will not reimburse you and you will have to order and pay for it again at a later date.

If you do not receive a confirmation email receipt of your application within 7 days please contact HS Admission Office at 801-957-6253.